October 14, 2020 Minutes

The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in special session in the Council Chamber at City Hall, located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

 

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Chairman Kiesel called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m.  Present were Vice Chairman Petyk,  Secretary Adams, Member Jonas, Member Gaetjens, Member Green and Alternate Member Shifalo. Member Jonas and Member Foster were absent. Also attending was Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford, Planning Manager Brad Parrish, and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Imperial Towers 2825 S. Washington Avenue

Edward Browder, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Manager with S&ME 1615 Edgewater Drive, Suite 200 Orlando, Florida joined the Historic Preservation Board meeting via teleconference to give a PowerPoint Presentation regarding Imperial Towers 2825 S. Washington Avenue. Mr. Browder recommended approval of Imperial Towers 2825 S. Washington Avenue, National Register of Historic Places Nomination application to the State of Florida Division of Historic Resources.

 

Paul Weaver, President of Historic Property Associates, Inc. 5 Milton Street St. Augustine, Florida joined the Historic Preservation Board meeting via teleconference to give a PowerPoint Presentation regarding Imperil Towers 2825 S. Washington Avenue. Mr. Weaver requested approval of Imperial Towers 2825 S. Washington Avenue, National Register of Historic Places Nomination application to the State of Florida Division of Historic Resources. Mr. Weaver said he is also going to pursue having this property locally designated.

 

Chairman Kiesel said he was ecstatic about this property being put on the National Historic Register and for the applicant pursuing having the property locally designated.

 

Alternate Member Shifalo asked about the windows on the north tower, north façade. Mr. Weaver said they are looking to remove the concrete moldings and have the façade be done accurately with how it was originally constructed. Mr. Weaver said the current moldings have caused problems.

 

Alternate Member Shiaflo said the original structure had 186 units, she asked how many units is currently proposed. Mr. Weaver said the structure should remain with the current 186 units.

 

Alternate Member Shifalo asked if there will be any commercial uses open to the public, such as the Supper Club that was with the original opening of the building. Mr. Weaver said he thought all uses would be for the residents of the building.

 

Anthony Ruben, owner representative, came to speak in favor of this item. Mr. Ruben said he would like to bring the building back to the public as a national feature.

Member Gaetjens asked about the pool and potential need for docks. Mr. Weaver said he thought the pool was original and he did not know of any future docks on the property. Mr. Ruben said that they would like to have some interactive use with the waterfront in the future.

 

Vice Chairman Petyk said she is very excited about this moving forward. Vice Chairman Petyk asked about fire damage from the past and if everything was currently okay with the building. Mr. Weaver said the damage was to the fourth floor and it was only interior damage.

 

Vice Chairman Petyk said that she just wanted to point out that in a few places throughout the report Brevard County and Broward County were used incorrectly. Mr. Weaver said he will look over report and make those corrections.

 

Chairman Kiesel said he was involved in looking at the building after the fire and all fire damage was interior, the structure of the building was good.

 

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Vice Chairman Petyk made a motion recommending approval of Imperial Towers 2825 S. Washington Avenue, National Register of Historic Places Nomination application to the State of Florida Division of Historic Resources. Secretary Adams seconded.

 

Roll call was a follows:

 

Member Gaetjens                    Yes

Secretary Adams                    Yes

Member Green                        Yes

Vice Chairman Petyk              Yes

Member Shifalo                      Yes

Chairman Kiesel                     Yes

 

Motion passed.

 

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Alternate Member Shifalo suggested pursuing Wade Hotel and Washington Plaza as future designations. Chairman Kiesel added that there are two commercial buildings that are Mid-Century Modern that the Historic Preservation Board should pursue.

 

Adjournment 11:45am