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HDC_11 03 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.littlerock.gov LITTLE ROCK HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION AGENDA Thursday, November 3, 2022, 4:00 p.m. Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 W. 12th Street I. Roll Call Members Present: Chair, Amber Jones Vice Chair, Christina Aleman Mark Hinson Jonathan Nunn Tom Fennell Amber Haugen Members Absent: Vacant Position Deputy City Attorney, Sherri Latimer Staff Present: Hannah Ratzlaff Walter Malone Citizens Present: Alice Anderson Kevin Tarkington Sara Beth Leader Steve Person II. Finding a Quorum Quorum was present being six (6) in number with one vacant position. Ill. Minutes A.October 6, 2022 Corrections were made to the minutes concerning which commissioners made motions. An amendment was made to include statements by Commissioner Fennell and Commission Haugen concerning their reasons for voting to approve item one. Commissioner Aleman made a motion to approve the minutes with amendments. Commissioner Nunn seco nded. The minutes passed by a voice vote. Commissioner Haugen was not able to vote due to technology issues. IV.National Register Nominations November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 NAME: Richard Bragg House Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places LOCATION: 305 E 16th OWNER/AUTHORIZED AGENT: Ralph Wilcox, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program 1101 North Street Little Rock, AR 72201 Figure 1. Richard Bragg House, 305 E 6th, north facade of house, looking south. 2 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 AREA: 0.33 acres NUMBER OF LOTS: 1 HISTORIC DISTRICT: 305 E 16th HISTORIC STATUS: Delisted WARD: 1 CURRENT ZONING: Central City Design Overlay District and R4 A.BACKGROUND Location The subject property is located at 305 E 16th Street. The property's legal description is "Lots 1 and 2 and the east 86' of the north 5' of Lot 3, Block 51 of the City of Little Rock." Figure 2. Bragg House location i11 proximity to Little Rock National Register Historic: Districts. November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 Context The Bragg House was originally listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 but was delisted when the house was damaged following the 1999 tornado and vinyl siding was installed. The current owners have removed the vinyl siding and are in the process of restoring the property. B. PROPOSAL/REQUEST/APPLICANT'S STATEMENT: Nomination of the Richard Bragg House to the National Register of Historic Places. C. EXISTING CONDITIONS: See Nomination — (Attachment A). D. NEIGHBORHOOD COMMENTS: None. E. ANALYSIS: Section V. (B) of the "Arkansas Certified Local Government Procedures" outlines the Commission's participation and involvement in the National Register process. The procedure states: Within 60 calendar days of receipt of the nomination, the CLG shall inform the AHPP by submission of a report (see section V-A) as to its opinion regarding the eligibility of the property. The CLG shall also inform the property owner(s) using National Register criteria for evaluation, as to its opinion regarding the eligibility of the property. 2. In the event a nomination is received by the AHPP before submission to the CLG, the AHPP will forward a copy of the completed nomination to the CLG within 30 calendar days of receipt. 3. If both the commission and chief elected official recommend that a property not be nominated because it does not meet the National Register criteria for eligibility, the CLG will so inform the property owner(s) and the State Historic. Preservation Officer, the property will then not be nominated unless an appeal is filed with the SHPO in accordance with appeal procedures outlined in 36 CFR 60. Appeals must be received by the SHPO within 30 calendar days of the date the property owner receives notification by certified mail that the property 4 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 has been determined ineligible for nomination by both the CLG and the Chief elected official. This is in accordance with Section 101(c) 2 of the NHPA. 4. If the commission or the chief elected official of the CLG recommend that a property should be nominated, the nomination will be scheduled for submission to the Arkansas State Review Board. Scheduling will be in accordance with notification time constraints as set forth in 36 CFR Part 60. 5. The Arkansas State Review Board, after considering all opinions, including those of the commission and the chief elected official of the CLG, shall make its recommendation to the State Historic Preservation Officer. Either the local preservation commission or the chief elected official may appeal the SHPOs final decision. 6. When a National Register nomination, that has been reviewed by a commission, is submitted to the National Park Service for review and listing, all reports or comments from the local officials will be submitted along with the nomination. 7. The AHPP and the CLG will work together to provide ample opportunity for public participation in the nomination of properties to the National register. All reports submitted by the CLG to the AHPP regarding the eligibility of properties shall include assurances of public input. The CLG shall retain a list of all persons contacted during the evaluation period and note comments that were received. If a public meeting was held, a list of those attending shall be included in the report. Built in c. 1869 in the Italianate style and later remodeled c. 1910 with Colonial Revival Influences, the Richard Bragg House is being nominated under Criterion C with local significance for its Italianate influenced architecture. The Italianate style was not common in Little Rock and examples are rare. The Bragg House also presents an important link to the early development of this area of the city. The Nomination states: "The Richard Bragg House, which is located at 305 East 16th Street in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, is a large house that shows influences of the Italianate and Colonial Revival styles. Initially built c.1869 in the Italianate style, the house was updated with Colonial -Revival features c.1910. The two-story house rests on a continuous brick foundation, and its wood walls are covered in wood weatherboard siding. The house is fenestrated mainly by wood, double-hung, six- 5 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 over -six windows on the original part of the house with a mixture of other window types on the sections that were altered later. The house is topped by a hipped roof that is currently covered with asphalt shingles." "Initially an "U-shaped house with a one-story porch on the front and a two-story porch on the southwest corner of the rear, it was remodeled c.1910 with Colonial Revival influences. The current front porch and the current plan of the house were all in place by 1939, including the garage on the east side of the house. The Bragg House is a two-story house that is currently sided in weatherboard siding. The house rests on a continuous brick foundation. The original windows in the house are wood, double -hung, six -over -six windows, while the windows on the modified parts of the house exhibit various shapes and pane patterns." "The Bragg House was built for Richard Bragg who was born in New York City on December 29, 1825. [... ] Bragg's initial occupation while in Little Rock was wheelwright and he used that as a starting point to develop other business ventures. On February 12, 1867, Bragg purchased a tract of land on the southern edge of Little Rock from Chester Ashley, who at one time owned most of the land that encompassed Little Rock. After Bragg purchased the land from Ashley, construction of the house was started, and it is believed that the house was finished either late in 1868 or early in 1869. [... ] Richard Bragg lived in the house until his death at the age of 77 in 1902. When Bragg died, he owned large amounts of real estate in Little Rock that was valued at $300,000. In fact, the area of Little Rock where the Bragg House is located is now known as the Bragg Addition to the City of Little Rock." "A few years after Bragg's death, c.1910, Bragg's wife and three sons hired local architect William Dill to update the house. The largest change that Dill designed was the Colonial Revival -style front porch. Supposedly, the original porch was not wide enough for outdoor activities, so a wider porch was constructed. In addition, a dormer and tin roof were added to the house and remodeling of the interior was also carried out." F. STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends nomination to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C. Criterion C is defined as: Property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction. 6 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 G. COMMISSION ACTION: Hannah Ratzlaff, Staff, made a presentation to the Commission including staff recommendations. Chair Jones made a motion to approve the nomination as submitted with Staff recommendations. Commissioner Fennell seconded the motion. The motion passed with 6 ayes, 0 noes, and 1 vacant position. Commissioner Jones shared that the new owners initially did not want to remove the vinyl siding but wanted to utilize tax credits for the interior and didn't realize that the house had been delisted due to the installation of the vinyl siding by the previous owner. She stated that a lot of work was likely put into the relisting since the original 1979 nomination lacked the level of detail now expected by the National Register. V. Deferred Certificates of Appropriateness 1. None VI. New Certificates of Appropriateness 1. None VI 1. Other Matters A. 2023 Calendar Ratzlaff confirmed that Commissioner Aleman had volunteered to take the vacant position on the Design Review Committee. Chair Jones designated Commissioner Aleman to the Design Review Committee. Based on Design Review Committee feedback, Ratzlaff suggested to change the Pre -application filing deadline to provide more time for the Committee to prepare for the meeting and more time for applicants in between the Pre -application meeting and the correlating COA filing deadline. Chair Jones asked if it was possible to change the Pre -application filing deadline and meeting date for the 2023 calendar without public notification. Walter Malone, Staff, stated that the Pre -application meeting was a meeting initiated as the resulted of the formation of the Design Review Committee. Since it was a subcommittee created by the Commission, the dates and deadline are able to be changed without public notice. 7 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 The Commission discussed what days would provide the Committee more time for consideration of the pre -application and the applicant more time for possible design changes following the meeting. Commissioner Nunn suggested to move the filing deadline back five days and the meeting date back two days for them to both occur on Wednesdays. Commissioner Aleman suggested the meeting occur at 3pm instead of 2pm. Commissioner Hinson said more time for the applicant between the Pre -application meeting and the COA filing deadline would be helpful. Chair Jones motioned to approve the 2023 calendar as amended. Commissioner Nunn seconded. The motion passed by a voice vote. B. 2023 Grant Project Opportunities Hannah Ratzlaff, Staff, gave a presentation on active grants and potential grant projects for the upcoming CLG 2023 grant program. Staff provided updates to the following grants: • 22-CLG-05 Certified Local Government Grant, Resurvey Phase II Hillcrest & CAMP Training Staff from Johnson, Mirmiran, & Thompson would be on site in early November to resurvey the north section of the Hillcrest Historic District. Letters were sent out to property owners notifying them. CAMP Training was completed October 28, 2022. • 2019-HPF-AACR HPF's Africa American Civil Rights Grant 2019, University Park nomination Consultants were on target to deliver 100% of the nomination by December 1st Staff provided a list of suggested grant projects: • 2023 CLG Grant o New LOD Design Guidelines for the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District o Phase III Hillcrest Resurvey o LRHDC New Logo o Pamphlet Mailer for LODs • Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC) — NPS o Dunbar Jr. and Sr. High School Nomination Rewrite o LGBTQ Sites/Context Study (city-wide) 8 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 Commissioner Nunn asked if there was a set amount provided to CLG communities or if the grant was competitive. Ratzlaff said the grant is competitive. Nunn asked if the potential Dunbar nomination project was a different grant. Ratzlaff confirmed that it would be through a different grant, different pool of money, and administered by a different entity. Ratzlaff and Malone explained that the Quapaw Quarter Association and Little Rock School District approached staff for a partnership with the Underrepresented Communities Grant. Ratzlaff shared that the existing Dunbar Jr. and Sr. High School Nomination lacks key information--e.g., it was once a Rosenwald School —which might qualify the site as a National Historic Landmark rather than an Independently Listed structure. Commissioner Nunn asked what the impact of this change in status for the school would be. Ratzlaff said that, financially, the school would qualify for grants specific to National Historic Landmarks. Historically and socially, it would be appropriately recognized for its full history and bring more recognition to the surrounding Dunbar Historic District. Chair Jones asked if the cancelation of the Terry House grant was due to the lawsuit. Walter Malone, Staff, confirmed and said that the City could not enter into contract for services if the property ownership was being disputed. Chair Jones asked about grant opportunities with the Central High School Neighborhood Local Ordinance District proposal and if additional assistance is still achievable and can be discussed. Hannah Ratzlaff, Staff, said that the Commission itself does not have the ability to enact a grant program, but, as an advisory Commission to the Board of Directors, it can make requests of the Board at any point and for any reason. Ratzlaff said the CLG grant program structure would not work well to be used to administer a subgrant and could not be depended on every year. The Commission discussed preparing a request to the Board for a grant program and additional technical assistance to local ordinance district owner -occupants. Commissioner Aleman suggested the Commission prepare a resolution to submit to the Board as they discuss next year's budget. Walter Malone, Staff, said that an initiative like this would need to be coordinated with the Planning & Development Director, Jamie Collins, to get the Resolution of Support on the next available Board agenda. He suggested that the Chair be present at the Board meeting to present the Resolution of Support and for other Commissioners to be present in support. He suggested outlining what funds are being requested and for what purpose. Commissioner Nunn asked if the 2023 budget has already been approved. Malone said it had not, but it would likely be approved in the next few months. 9 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 The Commission discussed the possible grant structure, targeted technical assistance, targeted residents, and timeline for presenting the request to the Board. Ratzlaff recommended scheduling a special called meeting soon to finalize and approve a Resolution of Support for the Commission to submit to the Board of Directors. Chair Jones asked if Commissioner Aleman and staff could work together in the intermediary to draft a resolution for the Commission to consider at the special called meeting. Commissioner Nunn made a motion for the Commission to draft a resolution of support for a grant program and technical assistance to homeowners in local ordinance districts, for the purpose of assisting homeowners in maintaining the integrity of their historic resources, to be presented to the Board of Directors at the next available Board meeting. Chair Jones seconded. The motion passed with 6 ayes, 0 noes, and 1 vacant position. Commissioner Hinson made a motion to schedule a special called meeting for this purpose on Wednesday, November 16th at 4pm. Chair Jones seconded. The motion passed by a voice vote. C. Enforcement Issues 418-420 E 15th Street — porch column replacement D. Certificates of Compliance HDC2022-024 — 406 E 7th — reroof Ratzlaff reminded the Commission that there is a vacant position currently open on the Commission filling the position description: "an owner and occupant of a structure within a National Register Historic District other than MacArthur Park". Ratzlaff said the opportunity was shared on social media and on distribution lists. Ratzlaff said the position of Vice Chair is also open and asked if there were any nominations. Christina Aleman was nominated. She accepted the nomination. Chair Jones made a motion to elect Christina Aleman as Vice Chair. The motion passed by a voice vote. E. Citizen Communication No citizens chose to speak during this time. 10 November 3, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: NR2022-003 VIII. Adjournment There was a motion to adjourn, and the meeting ended at 5:26pm. Attest: Chair Date Staff Date 11