Chairperson Applegate called the meeting to order at .
Approval of the
Minutes of the Regular Meeting on
It was moved by MacKellar and seconded by Gross
that the minutes from the regular meeting of
The motion passed unanimously.
Gross – wanted to be sure that all future meeting minutes include the specific sections of the Secretary of the Interior standards for all Certificate of Appropriateness actions.
Certificate of Appropriateness
There were no public comments.
Lichtenwald asked the Chair if item c could be discussed first because he had to leave the meeting at and wanted to be present for this discussion and vote. The Chair agreed.
Staff – the City Council at Monday’s meeting has asked that
the HDC review and recommend whether or not a city owned parcel located at
Staff – The site could possibly be used for parking and this
might entail erecting security features such as bright lighting, cameras and
fencing. This property is not within the
WMHD but is adjacent to it and the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.
It was moved by Lichtenwald
and supported by Deibert to approve recommending to the
Deibert - The disruption caused by the development on this lot would destroy the gateway into the District. The current City property provides a buffer from the adjacent commercial properties in the downtown.
Applegate - Possible security features (i.e. lighting, cameras, and fencing) would detract from the unique character of the District.
Gross – The establishment of the District was meant to prevent drastic land use changes which would have detrimental affects on the surrounding properties.
Applegate - The proposed
uses of this property could create traffic hazards by increasing left hand
Gross - The aesthetics of this property could negatively impact the adjacent historic properties because this property is not within the District and thus not under the control of the HDC.
Swierzbin - The integrity of the District needs to be maintained by preserving the residential character of the surrounding neighborhood. Use of this property for jail facilities would make it incompatible in terms of land use, aesthetics, and traffic volume.
Both Lichtenwald and MacKellar agreed with the statements presented by the other HDC members.
In addition, there were five citizens from within the West Main Historic District who attended the meeting and one citizen, Dianne Maughon of 601 West Main stated that the noise from the increase activity on this parcel would negatively impact the surround properties within the District.
Voting in support of the motion:
The West Main Street
Historic District Commission does not recommend that
Also under new business, staff informed the HDC of many
proposed changes to Article VII of the Midland Code of Ordinances. The resulting changes will bring the West
Main Historic District into compliance with the recently updated PA 169 of 1970
Staff stated that the most substantive change was amending the application and approval time frames to more closely reflect the present restraints on the scheduling of televised meetings.
Staff would like to hear thoughts and suggestions on this
language between now and
Next, staff handed out articles from the Michigan Planner on
historic preservation in
Finally, the HDC discussed additional items for the
Hearing no further business, the Chair adjourned the meeting at .