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HDC_04 07 2022LITTLE ROCK HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT 723 West Markham Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1334 Phone: (501) 371-4790 Fax:(501) 399-3435 www.Iittlerock.gov LITTLE ROCK HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION AGENDA Thursday, April 7, 2022 4:00 p.m. Board Chambers, 2nd Floor City Hall, 500 West Markham & Virtual Meeting I. Roll Call II. Finding a Quorum Quorum was present being five (5) in number. Members Present: Chair Ted Holder Vice Chair Amber Jones Robert Hodge Jonathan Nunn Tom Fennell Members Absent: Mark Hinson Christina Aleman City Attorney: Sherri Latimer Staff Present: Hannah Ratzlaff Walter Malone Jamie Collins Citizens Present: Doug Melkovitz Patricia Blick III. Minutes A. March 3, 2022 Commissioner Holder approved the March 3, 2022 minutes as submitted. IV. National Register Nominations None V. Deferred Certificates of Appropriateness 1. HDC2022-005 New Fencing 1410 S. Rock St. April 7, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-005 NAME: Front Yard Fence LOCATION: 1410 Rock Street, The Allen-Hegarty House OWNER/AUTHORIZED AGENT: Doug Melkovitz 1410 Rock Street Little Rock, AR 72206 Figure 1 1410 Rock Street 2 April 7, 2022 AREA: 0.32 acres NUMBER OF LOTS: 2, Lot 10 and 11 WARD: 1 HISTORIC DISTRICT: MacArthur Park Historic District HISTORIC STATUS: Lot 10 Contributing (PU3023), Lot 11 Non -Contributing CURRENT ZONING: MacArthur Park Local Ordinance District and R4-A BACKGROUND: Location The subject property is located at 1410 Rock Street. The property's legal description is "Lots 10 and 11, Block 49 of the Original City of Little Rock, Pulaski County, AR." This application deals primarily with Lot 10. Context The dwelling on Lot 10 was constructed in c. 1904 as a one and one-half story single-family dwelling. The 2007 survey form states: "This one story hipped with cross gable Queen Anne house has cutaway bay windows, tall narrow windows with large panes and detailed brickwork on the chimney. A Palladian window has been rebuilt in the front gable and the porch has Colonial Revival influences." Taking the Queen Anne subtypes into examination, this home presents more specifically as a Free Classic Queen Anne. This subtype was more common after 1890 and has similarities to earlier, asymmetrical Colonial Revival styles. The home displays delicate decorative detailing in some features and classical detailing in others. The structure is clad with weatherboard siding and the dormer is clad with square wood shingles. Distinctive Victorian features are found in the gables that are adorned with hexagonal wood shingles, as well as the gable projection 3 April 7, 2022 beyond the cutaway bay on the north elevation. Classical features are expressed in the dentil molding across the front porch fascia, the Palladian windows on the upper story gable, the classic Doric columns and pilasters on the porch, and the shallow rectangular window over the main window on the cross -gable elevation. This structure is considered Contributing to the MacArthur Park Historic District. Since its construction, the footprint of the structure and site is relatively unchanged with exceptions of the addition of an open porch on the southern elevation between 1939 and 1950, as well as the expansion of the detached rear ancillary structure between 1913 and 1939. Recent Action On November 4, 2021 a COA was approved and issued to Doug Melkovitz for the installation of solar panels. On September 13, 2021 a COC was approved and issued to Doug Melkovitz for window repairs and replacement. On November 13, 2019 a COC was approved and issued to Tim Hankins for the construction of a 6' tall fence in the rear yard, following setbacks specific to Lot 11. On August 7, 2019 a COC was approved and issued to Tim Hankins for the construction of a new accessory building in the rear yard. On July 12, 2018 a COC was approved and issued to Tim Hankins for exterior renovations including repairs to: the foundation, existing fence, porch, roof, soffit and fascia, siding and heating and air system. A handicap ramp had been constructed in the 2000s at the front and was here removed. Other actions were found but are more than 10 years ago and no longer relevant. 4 April 7, 2022 A. PROPOSAUREQUEST/APPLICANT'S STATEMENT: The applicant requests to construct a front yard wood picket fence on Lot 10. B. EXISTING CONDITIONS: The property currently has a rear yard 6' tall fence on Lots 10 & 11 at the appropriate setbacks. There are no other front yard fences on this block face or street. However, there are three (3) vacant lots across the street and three (3) infill construction dwellings to the south that are contemporary in style. The only other historic structure on this block with a front fagade facing Rock Street is to the north. This being said, district - wide, wood picket fences are commonly seen in front yards of Victorian era homes. C. NEIGHBORHOOD COMMENTS: All owners of properties located within 200 feet of the site and all neighborhood associations registered with The City of Little Rock that surround the site were notified of the public hearing. D. ANALYSIS: The fence proposed is a wood picket fence with straight, 36" tall pickets, that are 1" wide with a regular point at the top. The pickets are set W apart. The proposed fence has a walking gate at the top step of the front sidewalk, 36" tall measured from the grade plane, and a gate on the south boundary of the front yard for access to the parking pad. The gates are proposed as 36" W and 36" H. The fence is set back 24" from the sidewalk and will be painted to match the house trim. The proposed fence will follow the property line of Lot 10, meeting the 6' fence on the north property line, following parallel to the sidewalk on the east and meeting the southeast corner of the house, parallel to the parking pad. Section VII. A. 3. Fences and Retaining Walls of the Guidelines state: "Fencing material should be appropriate to the style and period of the building." "Fences with street frontage should be no taller than three feet (36') tall. On wood fences, pickets should be no wider than four inches (4') and set no farther apart than three inches (3'). The design should be compatible with and proportionate to the building." The proposed fence meets the expectations of the Guidelines in dimension, scale, material, and style. Both wrought iron and wood picket fences were common site the Free Classic Queen Anne style. The proposed picket design is compatible with the style of the home and the surrounding district. 5 April 7, 2022 E. STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends approval of the application with the following conditions: 1. Obtaining a building permit. 2. Project to be completed within 365 days of obtaining permit. F. COMMISSION ACTION: March 3, 2022 Commissioner Robert Hodge made a motion to defer the application to the next public hearing on April 7th, 2022. Commissioner Amber Jones seconded. The motion passed with a voice vote of 7 ayes, 0 noes, and 0 absent. COMMISSIONACTION: April 7, 2022 Staff, Hannah Ratzlaff, made presentation to the Commission. Doug Melkovitz, applicant, welcomed questions from the Commission concerning the proposed fencing. Chair Holder opened Commission discussion. Commissioner Nunn made a motion to approve the application with staffs recommendations. Commissioner Jones seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes, 0 noes, and 2 absent (Aleman and Hinson). 6 April 7, 2022 VI. New Certificates of Appropriateness 1. None VII. Other Matters A. Draft Update: MacArthur Park Guidelines Chair Holder shared with the Commission that the Design Guidelines Review Committee —including Vice Chair Jones, Tom Fennell, and himself —had reviewed the guidelines with staff over several committee meetings and proposed changes are a result of these meetings. Chair Holder shared that the committee and staff believed that the guidelines were due for a complete review and which would be accomplished best through the hiring of a consultant. Staff, Hannah Ratzlaff, gave a presentation to the Commission delineating each major change. Chair Holder opened the Commission to discussion. Chair Holder shared that he appreciates the further distinction within the paint section that the application of paint onto unpainted material is regulated and paint color is not regulated, but recommendations are offered according to architectural style. Chair Holder also shared he appreciates that the section on Alterations and Additions will be amended to better reflect the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation by moving the sub -section on Alterations to be encompassed by the Rehabilitation section and the Additions section will stand alone. Commissioner Nunn asked staff how artificial siding would be review for application of new construction in light of the changes to the artificial siding policy in the Rehabilitation section. Staff explained that artificial siding materials for new construction, such as fiber cement siding, would be reviewed in the section specific to new construction and that this type of siding would not be seen favorably within a rehabilitation project as a replacement of the original siding. Vice Chair Jones supported Nunn's question and stated that is a good question because many preservation principles and practices are not universally known —such as the principle to not paint unpainted masonry. She shared the guidelines should be accessible for preservation professionals as well as people who are interacting with historic structures for the first time. Vice Chair Jones felt that the proposed language for the artificial siding policy and the painting of historic materials achieved this clarity. Chair Holder commented that the artificial siding policy was written in way that remained flexible and still laid -out the basic guideline clearly. City Attorney, Sherri Latimer, asked if the Commission would like to make a motion. Chair Holder opened discussion to public comment. Patricia Blick, Executive Director of the Quapaw Quarter Association, shared her support of the 7 April 7, 2022 proposed changes and the plan to address the guidelines holistically with a consultant in the future. Vice Chair Jones made a motion to approve the proposed changes to the guidelines as presented by staff. Commissioner Hodge seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes, 0 noes, and 2 absent (Aleman and Hinson). Commissioner Fennell shared that he felt in the future when staff notices small inconsistencies or need corrections, or would like to present a specific proposed, that they be able to do so without having to re -address the guidelines in their entirety. B. Enforcement issues Staff reported 1323 Cumberland for a previous owner's installation of a rear yard fence without a permit and the enclosure of the side porch with board fencing. Staff shared that they were working with the current owners to devise a solution for the side porch that would support the owner's security concerns. Staff presented two possible solutions to Commission after removal of the boarding. They both hinged on the reroute the fence around the porch to avoid additional materials to the side porch. Commissioner Fennell suggested leaving the fence as -is and utilizing latticing to enclose the porch up to standing height. Staff liked this suggestion, as did the other Commissioners. Staff said that they would move forward to working with the current owner as this solution and that they expect an application to be filed soon. C. Certificates of Compliance HDC2022-012 1003 Scott Street — reroof from corrugated tin to galvalume HDC2022-013 901 Cumberland — solar panels D. Citizen Communication Patricia Blick shared the reminder that the Tour of Homes is May 7-8t" in the Governor's Mansion Historic District and invited participation. VIll. Adjournment Staff shared that there were no filings for the May public hearing and asked if the Commission had any items they would like to discuss in May. There was a motion to adjourn, and the meeting ended at 4:45pm. 8 April 7, 2022 Attest: Chair Date Staff Date 9