Thursday, April 27, 2017

HPC Clears Plan For Pre-Civil War Building

PNC Bank and the Historic Preservation Commission agreed Tuesday on what must be done to a pre-Civil War structure known as Sutphen House to gain a "certificate of appropriateness."

Among its duties, the commission advises the Planning and Zoning boards on applications involving historic sites.

The company wants to subdivide a parking lot behind the bank, but was subject to HPC review for the portion containing the historic building and two proposed ATMs.. The subdivision application itself will be heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment on May 3.

The small building will be re-painted white, with "PNC Blue" shutters. A damaged stoop will be repaired and brick pavers matching the adjacent streetscape will be installed, along with two carriage lights. If PSE&G allows, a modern "cobra" street lamp will be replaced with a decorative one to match those on the Park Madison complex across West Second Street. The commission had wanted the ATMs to look historic, but were told the proposed canopies cannot be fabricated because they would not withstand high wind.

It was the company's second session with the HPC. A March meeting was inconclusive and the company rescheduled its Zoning Board date from April to May in order to meet again with the commission.

As noted in Plaintalker's previous post (at the link above), the bank plans to vacate its ornate building at Park & Second and relocate the branch to West Front Street on the Park Madison block. The proposed subdivision would merge three lots into two, one for the Sutphen House and the ATMS and the other for an undisclosed development. The bank building and several lots at the rear had been the proposed Landmark Developers site for 148 residential units and commercial space, but the "West Second Street Commons Urban Renewal" plan dating back to 2010 has apparently expired.


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