- Historic Preservation Board
- February 1, 2021
February 1, 2021
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
February 1, 2021
City Hall in Council Chambers
555 S. Washington Avenue Titusville, Florida 32796
In order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to comply with all local, state, and federal laws and guidelines regarding social distancing rules, designated seating shall be provided for the public at Historic Preservation Board and other City Boards meetings. Individual speakers shall, when directed to do so, be given the opportunity to speak on agenda items during the meetings in accordance with City of Titusville policies and Resolution No. 36-2020. No tripods, easels, props, or other demonstrative aids shall be brought into public meetings of Historic Preservation Board and City Boards. Speakers are permitted to have a sign with them during their designated speaking time provided that the sign is held by the speaker and is to be removed at the conclusion of their speaking time. Speakers who appear in person will be subject to screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and any persons exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter City Hall or public meetings of Historic Preservation Board and City Boards. As an additional method for public participation, the public may submit written comments, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to Historic Preservation Board's attention at City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796. Written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the start of the meeting and include the senders name, address and the subject line must specify the agenda item being addressed. All comments will be disseminated to the Historic Preservation Board members and made a part of the public record prior to any action being taken.
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(1) CALL TO ORDER
(2) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
(3) ROLL CALL
(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES
(5) PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM PUBLIC PRESENT
(6) OLD BUSINESS
(7) NEW BUSINESS
B. Discussion of the status of the Gibson-Rivers House Local Historic Register site by the Historic Board with Mr. Benjamin Warren, owner.
C. Discussion of proposed House Bill 55 and its possible ramifications regarding the creation of Historic Conservation Districts and Neighborhood Conservation Districts.
D. Discussion and direction by the Board regarding requiring review of buildings eligible for historic designation proposed for demolition in the City.
E. Staff will present an update on items to the Historic Preservation Board
Any person who decides to appeal any decision of the Historic Preservation Board respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
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The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber at City Hall, located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Chairman Kiesel called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Present were Vice Chairman Petyk, Secretary Adams, Member Jonas, Member Gaetjens, Member Foster and Alternate Member Shifalo. Member Green was absent. Also attending was, Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford, Planning Manager Brad Parrish and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.
Member Foster motioned to approve the minutes from the January 4, 2021 meeting. Secretary Adams seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote
723 S. Palm Avenue – Gibson-Rivers House
Benjamin Warren came to speak in regards to this item. Mr. Warren said the structure was looked over by a contractor and it is in really bad shape. Mr. Warren said he is leaning towards having it demolished. Mr. Warren as Member Foster to speak about the property.
Member Foster said that she went to the property with a contractor and with Mr. Warren. She said she walked inside the property and it is in very bad condition. Member Foster said that termites have damaged everything. The contractor estimated that it would cost about $5,000.00 to only gut the property and the contractor was unsure if the walls would remain intact or collapse. Member Foster said there is also obvious foundation issues.
Vice Chairman Petyk asked if anything is salvageable. Member Foster said not really. Member Foster said it would most likely have to be a whole new build and would lose its historical significance.
Member Foster said that there are also active Code Enforcement violations that need to be addressed. Mr. Parrish said that Code Enforcement has been asked to delay their actions to allow city staff to work with Mr. Warren on potential options to save the property, however any life safety violations must be corrected immediately.
Chairman Kiesel said that the Historic Preservation Board would always like to see a structure saved and restored, however Mr. Warren will have to decide what he would like to do with the structure. Mr. Parrish advised the Historic Preservation Board to give Mr. Warren direction regarding the Code Enforcement violations. Chairman Kiesel said it sounds like a determination needs to be made by the Building Official or Professional Engineer in regards to if the structure can even be saved. Chairman Kiesel said he would like to know if this can be done in the next thirty days.
Mr. Warren said he has decided to move forward with a demolition of the full structure.
Mr. Parrish explained to Mr. Warren that the city will not delay the Code Enforcement actions on this property any longer and once Mr. Warren submits the application for a demolition. This will start the process for the Historic Preservation Board to review the structure and request documentation from the property owner documenting it and providing proof that the structure is not salvageable.
Member Foster said that she has worked with Mr. Warren and she knows that he has looked into multiple options regarding trying to save this structure. Member Foster said she feels that Mr. Warren has come to his conclusion based on all of the information he has received and he feels that demolition is the best option for him.
Mr. Warren was given direction by the Historic Preservation Board and city staff and can move forward with what he desires. The next process will be determined by whatever permits Mr. Warren may pull.
Proposed House Bill 55
Mr. Ford gave a brief explanation regarding the House Bill 55.
Member Shifalo said she has concerns about the proposed House Bill 55 and how it might impact the City of Titusville moving forward with designating the Conservation District for the West Titusville Neighborhood that the Board has been discussing. Member Shifalo would like the City of Titusville to take a stance against this proposed bill and perhaps send a letter voicing the city’s concerns.
Member Foster said as she understands this, it does not impact private covenants, such as Home Owners Associations. Mr. Parrish said that is correct.
Mr. Parrish said that it prohibits local design regulations.
Chairman Kiesel said some areas have very strict design standards. Mr. Ford said that some people think that design standards can prohibit affordable and low-income housing.
Mr. Parrish said that it would not impact architectural standards associated with public safety. Mr. Parrish said that if this is adopted there would be many questions raised, primarily about design elements and architectural styles.
Secretary Adams said it could damage historic preservation.
Mr. Ford said that this would not impact commercial but would impact residential.
Member Jonas said there isn’t much to stop modern housing from coming into historic areas right now in Titusville. Member Jonas said there were about five new modern homes built in a historic area in Titusville recently.
Chairman Kiesel agreed with Member Shifalo that a letter should be sent from the City of Titusville voicing the concerns about this proposed house bill. Mr. Parrish said he will reach out to the Florida American Planning Association and ask what their input is regarding this proposed house bill and if they have a template letter to use.
Mr. Ford said that the Florida League of Cities will most likely be lobbying against this legislation.
Chairman Kiesel said he would like to find out what other municipalities have said about this and would like to move forward with sending a letter from the Historic Preservation Board expressing the Board’s concerns about the proposed House Bill 55.
Review of eligible historic buildings proposed to be demolished
Chairman Kiesel asked if the Historic Preservation Board is getting notified when properties that are 50yrs old or older apply for a demolition permit. Mr. Parrish said yes, if they are on the local or National Register.
Chairman Kiesel said he would like to discuss as a Board as to whether or not the Historic Preservation Board should be reviewing all demolition permits applied for on structures that are 50 years old or older. Chairman Kiesel said the Historic Preservation Board was provided some information from other municipalities that review demolition permits.
Member Foster said that there are a lot of houses that have concrete block walls, jalousie windows and terrazzo flooring. Member Foster said that this was the architectural design of the 1960’s and is a big part of Titusville’s history. Member Foster said there are also the one and two story Bungalows.
Chairman Kiesel said he would like to have a procedure put into place so that the Historic Preservation Board can review the demolition permits.
Vice Chairman Petyk said she likes the guidelines that were provided regarding St. Augustine’s guidelines.
Member Foster suggested that the Historic Preservation Board members review all of the guidelines from each municipality and come back to the March 2021 Historic Preservation Board meeting with suggestions to discuss. Mr. Parrish said he will send the Board links to the different areas of the codes from the municipalities to review.
Secretary Adams made a motion to table this item until the March 1, 2021 Historic Preservation Board meeting. Member Foster seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.
Mr. Ford reminded the Board members that there is going to be a workshop with the consultant on February 25, 2021.
Mr. Ford said that he reached out to the West Titusville contact and they want to meet but they don’t want to meet right now.
Mr. Parrish gave a brief presentation regarding the Historic Titusville interactive map that is on the City’s website. Mr. Parrish said he will resend the link to the Board members. Mr. Parrish said Mark Jones is the person that has been working on this map and Mr. Jones would like to get feedback and more input on what the Historic Preservation Board would like to see included on this map. The Historic Preservation Board members will access the map to use it and provide feedback.