March 2, 2020 Minutes

The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall, located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

 

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Vice Chairman Petyk called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  Present were Secretary Adams, Member Foster, Member Gaetjens, Alternate Member Shifalo, and Alternate Member Shoemaker. Chairman Kiesel, Member Green, and Member Jonas were absent. Also attending was Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford, Planning Manager Brad Parrish and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie

 

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Member Foster motioned to approve the minutes from the February 3, 2020 meeting with a correction. Secretary Adams seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote.

 

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Mr. Parrish asked if the Board would move forward to agenda item 7D since the City of Titusville Building Official is present. The Historic Preservation Board members agreed to move forward to agenda item 7D.

 

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New Business

 

Demolition permitting process for potentially historic structures

Mr. Parrish gave an overview of this item.

 

Member Gaetjens asked the Building Official Steve Adams to explain the process for obtaining a demolition permit. Mr. Adams explained the process for obtaining a demolition permit.

 

Member Foster asked Mr. Adams how the Building Department identifies whether a property is a historic structure. Mr. Adams said all permits go through a review process. Mr. Adams said at that time the Planning Department would let the Building Department know if the property was flagged as being a historic property.

 

Mr. Parrish said that a few years ago this was a discussion item before the Historic Preservation Board and at that time the Historic Preservation Board asked that all properties that were on the three surveys be flagged in the system. Mr. Parrish said that was done to each property identified on those three surveys. It is due to that flag that the properties are then noted and the applicant is contacted to see if they are interested in saving the property etc. due to its historic significance.

 

Secretary Adams asked if the property is on a local or national registry what happens. Mr. Parrish said that it would have to go through the Certificate of Appropriateness process and come before the Historic Preservation Board.

 

Vice Chairman Petyk asked Mr. Adams if there is any other means to identify whether a structure is fifty years or older when a demolition permit is submitted before the structure is taken down. Mr. Adams said that they review all applications per the Florida Building Code. There is nothing on the application specifically asking how old the structure is at this time.

 

Member Foster asked if something could be added to the application requesting the age of the structure. Mr. Adams said he would not have a problem with something like this being added to the application, however the Building Department Staff would not be liable for any structures that are fifty years or older not being identified correctly and then being demolished.

 

Member Gaetjens asked if a report can be obtained identifying the demolition permits that have been issued and opened. Mr. Parrish said yes, and the Historic Preservation Board has been provided those reports when there is a demolition permit issued.

 

Mr. Parrish said that the only way to have a formal process in place is for the Historic Preservation Board to come up with a suggested policy and then it would have to go before City Council for review and approval to be adopted.

 

Alternate Member Shifalo said she would like for the Historic Preservation Board to work on creating a formal process and then have it approved by city Council as policy.

 

Member Gaetjens said he does not want to change policy and slow down the process for citizens doing work on their properties.

 

Vice Chairman Petyk said that the Historic Preservation Board cannot stop a property from being demolished but she would like to know how there could be extra time allowed for the structure to be documented before the demolition actually took place.

 

Building Official Steve Adams said that he hears the concerns regarding notifying the applicants of properties who may have a property of historical significance but he cannot force anyone to respond to that notice. Mr. Adams said that the applicant of the property on Indian River Avenue who recently demolished a home was notified of the historic structure but did not respond to the notice.

 

Member Foster also voiced her desire to have some time to document structures before being demolished.

 

Member Foster asked if city staff was notifying the Master Site File that structures are being demolished and when the demolition took place.

 

Mr. Parrish said that the Historic Preservation Board did document the structure next to the Playhouse and the Historic Preservation Officer made a report to update the Florida Master Site File. Mr. Parrish said that Staff can send the Florida Master Site File notification when a property is demolished if the Historic Preservation Board would like staff to make that update.

 

Member Foster said she would like for City staff to try and document future properties that are going to be demolished with photos and a report to give to the Florida Master Site File. Mr. Parrish said that the Historic Preservation Officer would be the one who was certified to make those reports.

 

Member Shifalo asked why a member of the Historic Preservation Board can’t make the report on the structure to update the Florida Master Site File. Mr. Parrish explained that reason why a Historic Preservation Officer must do this report.

 

Mr. Parrish said he will bring back to the April 6, 2020 Historic Preservation Board meeting a suggested process that might help accomplish what the Historic Preservation Board would like to achieve with future demolition of properties with a historical significance.

 

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Old Business

 

Gibson-Rivers interpretive display board proof

Mr. Ford gave an overview of this item.

 

Alternate Member Shifalo said she found one grammatical error that she would like corrected. 

 

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Secretary Adams made a motion to approve moving forward with printing the display board of the Gibson-River property. Member Foster seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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Historic Neighborhood Conservation Districts as a historic preservation tool

Mr. Parrish gave an overview of this item.

 

Member Foster said it would be useful to see a map of the vacant properties in this area to show the community how much available property there is to have new development on. Member Foster said this might give them a feel for what could be developed and they can think about what they would like to see happen within their community. Mr. Parrish said a map could be created to show all the vacant property in this area.

 

Member Foster said the community just needs to get interested in knowing what is going on and what they would like to see happen in the community as for development etc.

 

Mr. Parrish said he will be meeting with Terrie Franklin again and asked for volunteers from the Historic Preservation Board to also meeting with Ms. Franklin.  Member Foster and Alternate Member Shifalo volunteered to meet with Mr. Parrish and Ms. Franklin. Mr. Parrish said that the meetings will have to take place at separate times.

 

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Reports

 

Member Gaetjens said he would like for the Historic Preservation Board to focus on more local designations again.

 

Member Foster said that the Senate House Plasencia at 1108 Indian River Avenue Titusville, Florida was recently restored and it looks fabulous. Member Foster said a letter should be sent to the property owner suggesting local historic designation.

 

Member Foster said she would like a letter sent to the owners of Moonlight Drive-In.

 

Member Foster also suggested sending letters to the newly updated hotels on US Highway 1.

 

Secretary Adams said that March is Archeology Month in Florida.

 

Member Foster said that it is also Women’s History Month and there will be special events going on at the Pritchard House. It is also 100 years of women’s right to vote.

 

Adjournment 2:21 p.m.