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ARB Meeting Archives (June 15, 2007-February 3, 2011)

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION

 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

February 3, 2011, 10 AM

Hultquist Center

1. The Kanfer family, of 88 North Lake Drive, is proposing to modify the design for their proposed new home.  In July, 2010 a plan was presented to and approved by the Architectural Review Board.  The new design will reduce the square footage of the house significantly which will also result in a reduction in height and footprint.  As the change to the approved design is significant, the Architectural Review Board will review the proposed changes at its February meeting.  Copies of the proposed plans are available for inspection at the Colonnade Building during normal business hours.  You may also request that a copy of the plans be sent to you, at your expense.  

2. Ernest Mahaffey and Sheila Penrose have purchased the property at 36  Waugh and are proposing a substantial rehabilitation of the property including movement of the existing building towards the rear of the building lot to accommodate creation of a front porch, cosmetic improvements to the exterior of the property, and creation of an addition on the east side of the existing building.  Copies of the proposed plans are available for inspection at the Colonnade Building during normal business hours.  You may also request that a copy of the plans be sent to you, at your expense.  

3. The Houghton family of 14 Miller Park has previously submitted plans for the substantial rehabilitation of their home which were approved by the Architectural Review Board.  In that approval, the Board required that any further changes to the exterior of the property be brought back to the Board for approval.  As the project has progressed, it is apparent that the exterior siding and the crenellated roof form were later additions to the original cottage and the Houghtons would like to return the structure to its original look.

The Board will review these proposed changes at its February meeting.  Copies of the proposed plans are available for inspection at the Colonnade Building during normal business hours.  You may also request that a copy of the plans be sent to you, at your expense.  

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NOTICE

The Greenberg family has withdrawn their application to the Architectural Review Board for the demolition and replacement of the structure at 16 Prospect for the resubmission at a later date. As this was the only formal application scheduled for consideration, the meeting scheduled for November 4, 2010 at noon in Hultquist has been cancelled.

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CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING

AUGUST 27, 2010

3PM   TURNER COMMUNITY CENTER CONFERENCE ROOM

Projects to be Reviewed:

1. Ed and Lynn Metzger of 19 Maple are proposing to subdivide the vacant area adjacent to their home and on the corner of Maple and Pratt into one building lot and an addition to their existing lot. The lot is located in the Packard District; the minimum lot size in the district is 60’x 90’ or 5,400 square feet.  The building lot will contain 5,460 square feet, but would not have the required 90’ depth.  Thus an area variance is being requested for this lot.  

2. In October, 2009 the Architectural Review Board reviewed a proposal from the Tuthill and Houghton families for the substantial rehabilitation of their homes and 12 and 14 Miller Park.  Because of the proximity of these homes to one another, a joint project is the most feasible way of approaching these properties. Since that date, several revisions are being proposed, including:

a. the addition of shed dormers and an opposing gable on the east side of 12 Miller Park,

b. Several minor changes to the proposed rear elevations,

c. The raising of the houses 12” to allow for better drainage and the ability to have natural light directly into basement living space,

d. The addition of window wells on the Thompson Avenue right-of-way.

3. Olivia Barone, the owner of the Englewood, is planning to move forward with the renovation project that has been the subject of several Architectural Review Board meetings over the past several years.  In that process, several changes from the original plan are proposed, and the variances previously approved need to be renewed.  The most significant visual change would be the addition of a third floor porch at the right rear corner of the building as well as a reworking of the entry and exit plans on the south side of the building.  

4. Tom and Susan Hagen have purchased the property at 6 Prospect and have donated the structure to Chautauqua Institution, now being used for faculty/staff housing adjacent to the Opera Center. Mr. and Mrs. Hagen are proposing to rework their existing house to include a portion of this now vacant for a reconfigured garage. The Architectural and Land Use Regulations require that construction into a required side yard of two lots in common ownership shall require an area variance

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CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

CASES TO BE REVIEWED ON JULY 7, 2010; 4PM

TURNER COMMUNITY CENTER

1. Terence and Hope Alcorn/38 Center

As you know, Terence and Hope Alcorn have been working on plans for the renovation of their home at 38 Center Avenue.  The Architectural Review Board has held two meetings on the project to blend preservation of the existing cottage with a new addition to the cottage to provide more living space.  A third design has been submitted for review.

2. The Kanfer Family/88 North Lake Drive

The Kanfer family is evolving their proposed design for the property at 88 North Lake Drive.   The latest  plans submitted represent that:

  • The driveway at the northerly end of the property has been moved to the property line so as to permit the retention of significant trees screening the north side of the buildings,

  • The average height of the building(s) is 34.6’.   36’ is the maximum average height per the Architectural and Land Use Regulations,

  • Lot coverage of buildings, decks, and driveways is 43% of the total lot as opposed to the 70% permitted,

  • Greenspace is 56% of the total lot as opposed to the 20% required.

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CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

MAY 6, 2010: 10 AM - HULTQUIST CENTER

1.  Case 10-01 (continued)  38 Center

Terence and Hope Alcorn presented a rehabilitation plan for their home at 38 Center for review by the Architectural Review Board at its February meeting.

The Board tabled their request pending a redesign that is more sympathetic to the preservation of the original cottage.  The redesign will be considered by the Board at this meeting.

2.  Case 10-02 (continued)  52 Janes

 Nancy Collillo and Jan Chapman, owners of 52 Janes, submitted a plan for an egress stair/fire exit from the second floor of their property for review by the Architectural Review Board in February, 2010.  The Board did not approve their plan which encroached into the side yard setback by seven feet.

That plan has been revised to reduce the proposed encroachment to three feet and to significantly reduce the mass of the proposed stairway.  The redesign will be considered by the Board at this meeting.

3.  Case 09-10 (continued)  15 Ramble

Turner Brokers previously submitted a plan for a second floor  residential addition to the property at 15 Ramble, conversion of the first floor to residential uses, and internal re-working of the rear portion of the building.  That plan was tabled by the Architectural Review Board pending the resolution of some issues by the applicant.

Those issues have been resolved and the plan is being re-submitted.  While the proposal does not increase the footprint of the existing building, it does create an expansion of a non-conforming structure in that the existing building is non-conforming by 1’6” on the Pratt side and by 8’ on the rear (alley side).  

4.  Case 09-07 (continued)  84 North Lake

The Kanfer family has acquired the former Duhme residence and has received approval from the Architectural Review Board to demolish the structure. Demolition can not take place until the Architectural Review Board has approved the plans for the replacement structure.

The Kanfer family has requested time with the Architectural Review Board to begin a conversation about their plans for the property.  A great deal of work has gone into concepts for the new building particularly in the area of energy conservation, use of green materials, and careful respect for the Institution lake buffer zone between the property and Chautauqua Lake.  The Board will review initial concepts for the property.

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NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Friday, October 2, 2009 at 10:30am

Hultquist Center

1. 12 and 14 Miller Park

The Tuthill and Haughton families are proposing major rehabilitation projects at their homes at 12 and 14 Miller Park.  Included in the proposed scope of work are:

• The lifting of the cottages and installation of basements

• The rebuilding of the front porches on their existing footprints

• The enclosure of the rear porches on their existing footprints

• Re-siding the cottages, and

• Extensive interior changes

As a substantial rehabilitation project, review by the Architectural Review Board is required.  In addition, the enclosure of the rear porches will require the issuance of an easement from the Institution as the porches are located on the Asbury Avenue right-of-way.  The porches will not encroach further than existing on the right of way and will match the pattern that exists on the street.

2. 35 Ramble

Peter and Barbara Georgescu  have purchased the home located at 35 Ramble Avenue and are proposing a substantial rehabilitation project for the property.  Among the changes proposed are the reduction in size of the shed addition on the south side of the property and the expansion of the property on the west side of the property as well as extensive interior changes.  

3. 16 South

In November, 2008 the Architectural Review Board reviewed and approved the expansion of a non-conforming rear yard shed at 16 South Avenue to provide for a second story over the existing shed.  Work is now underway on that project.

Debra Dinnocenzo, owner of the property, has proposed an additional rear yard encroachment consisting of a one-story addition of  15.75 square feet to accommodate a shower stall.

4. 15 Ramble Avenue

On August 25, 2009 the Architectural Review Board met to review the request by Tom Turner to convert his existing real estate office at 15 Ramble Avenue by adding residential condos on the first floor and on a proposed addition over the existing front second floor deck.   After hearing the presentation from Mr. Turner, the Architectural Review Board tabled the request pending the clarification of certain ownership and other legal issues.

5.  13 Center Avenue

 Krista and Paul Ritacco have purchased the property at 13 Center Avenue and are proposing to demolish the existing structure and build a replacement home.

The demolition of any property requires the approval of the Architectural Review Board.  The applicable regulation section is as follows:

4.2.6 No building, structure or accessory structure shall be demolished without first obtaining a Demolition Certificate.  No Certificate shall be issued unless the property meets one of the following criteria:  

(1) the building, structure or portion thereof has been rendered unusable by reason of fire or other casualty and has been directed to be demolished by the Town of Chautauqua for building and fire code compliance purposes; or

(2) the proposed demolition is of a building, structure or accessory structure that is not a Historic Property; or

(3)  If the property is determined to be a Historic Property by the Architectural Review Board the Review Board shall consider:

(a)  whether the current structural integrity of the building, structure or accessory structure warrants its demolition. In considering this factor, the Review Board may consider if the property is Dangerous, has suffered Substantial Structural Damage, or is Technically Infeasible of rehabilitation.

(b)  whether the building, structure or accessory structure is functional for its current use or, if not, could be adapted on a reasonable basis to another use;

(c) whether there is a compelling public interest requiring the demolition, or

(d) whether any other reports or information have been submitted that the Review Board deems appropriate.

The Administrator is empowered to grant Demolition Certificates under Subsection (1) above; all other Demolition Certificates must be first authorized by action of the Review Board.

 It should be noted that the Official Map of Chautauqua Institution shows no side yard setbacks on the lot at 13 Center.  However, replacing the existing structure at its current footprint will require a rear yard variance and will be constructed within 10’ of the structure at 15 Center as is the existing building.  The proposed structure, however, creates more open space between these structures than now exists.  The new structure could possibly impact any new building on the vacant lot to the east.  

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NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

JULY 24, 2009; 11AM

TURNER COMMUNITY CENTER CONFERENCE ROOM

1. Case # 09-05

Mr. and Mrs. John Schubert of 33 Root are proposing to add a small guest structure adjacent to their existing home.  The new structure will be joined by a deck to the existing structure and serve as additional living space for their family. Mr. and Mrs. Schubert own two building lots at that address, Chautauqua Institution Lots 855 and 856.

The Architectural and Land Use Regulations state that “Construction into a required side yard setback separating two lots in common ownership shall require an area variance.”

2. Case # 09-01 (continued)

Dr. Dale Sponaugle of 21 Hurst Avenue applied for and received approval to demolish the structure at that address and replace it with a new home.  Plans for the new home (attached) have now been completed and will be reviewed by the Architectural Review Board.

3. Case # 09-06

Lois Raynow of  33 Vincent is proposing a significant addition and modification to her home.  Ms. Raynow is the owner of two lots, and the addition will straddle the lots which requires review by the Architectural Review Board.  Several minor area variances are also being requested.  

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CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

MEETING AGENDA

MAY 7, 2009 10:30am HULTQUIST CENTER

1. Dale Sponaugle—21 Hurst Avenue

Dale Sponaugle, of 21 Hurst Avenue is requesting that his property be designated as non-Historic in order that a demolition permit could be issued for the house.  He wishes to construct a new home of a more interesting, energy efficient design—a 1/12 story house of approximately 1600 square feet.  

It should be noted that this is not the historic “Lustron” steel home; that is the house at 23 Hurst.  It is felt that replacing the existing Sponaugle home with a new design will in fact accentuate the uniqueness of 23 Hurst as currently the two homes are very similar in appearance.

2.  Kevin and Margaret Dietley—23 Ramble

As part of a program to improve their home, Kevin and Margaret Dietley of  23 Ramble have requested a rear yard variance to construct a pergola structure and wooden deck at the rear of their property.  The pergola will extend 6’6” into the required rear yard setback.  

3.  The Lutheran House—Peck and Clark Avnues

The Lutheran House, located at Peck and Clark Avenues, is requesting a review by the Architectural Review Board of a proposed handicapped ramp entrance at the front of their property along the brick walk.  The ramp would exist completely on Chautauqua Institution property.  

The Rules and Regulations of Chautauqua Institution permit the President of the Institution to grant an easement for this encroachment upon approval of the Architectural Review Board.  

4. The Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua

The Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua, located on Roberts Avenue at Bowman is undertaking a phased program of renovations to the three structures that compose its property. The overall goals of this project are to improve the life safety features of the buildings with attention to structural, egress and fire safety improvements, improve access for all with the addition of a fire separated stair and elevator tower and , improved  ameniti3es for kitchens, baths, and modernizing of the guest rooms along with increased porch space for enhancing the Chautauqua experience.  One aspect of that renovation is a proposal to extend the porches along Roberts for a width of 2 additional feet and along Bowman for a width of 6 feet solely for the purpose of outdoor porch expansion.  

The Rules and Regulations of Chautauqua Institution permit the President of the Institution to grant an easement for this encroachment upon approval of the Architectural Review Board.  

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November 6, 2008; November 10, 2008

November 6, 2008---12:00 Noon

WENDT BOARD ROOM - COLONNADE BUILDING

In re:   82 Pratt, 11 Cookman, 29 Scott, 25 Vincent, 16 South

1.  Ron Hermance---82 Pratt

In connection with the construction of the new home at 82 Pratt Avenue for Ron and Kris Hermance, a landscape plan has been submitted to address areas at the rear of the house, both in the courtyard which houses a swimming pool and along the rear setback of the lot.  

In dealing with the requirements of the New York State Residential Code which requires a four-foot high fence surrounding all swimming pools, the plan proposes a “green” trellis along the east side of the property to comply with that code.  However,

Section 8.1 of the Chautauqua Institution Architectural and Land Use Regulations states that “Garden walls, trellises, and ornamental fencing less than 24” in height when proposed in conjunction with a landscaping plan approved by the Administrator are permitted provided such fences are located entirely on private property.”  Thus, in order to comply with state regulations, a 24” variance is being requested to comply with the 48” requirements of those regulations.

2. Tim and Kristie Seitz—11 Cookman

Tim and Kristie Steitz have purchased the property located at 11 Cookman and wish to undertake a substantial rehabilitation of the property.  The plan consists of

a. construction of a basement under the building with a walk out entrance on the east side of the building,

b. rebuilding of the back shed area of the property and the addition of a 3’4” bath area at the southwest corner,

c. the addition of a third floor and interior remodeling,

d. various exterior architectural changes designed to recall an earlier iteration of this building.

3. Ann Childs---29 Scott

Ann Childs of 29 Scott Avenue is proposing certain deck and patio additions to the rear of her property on Morgan Way opposite the Strohl Center.

Specifically, she is proposing to expand the existing rear porch.  This expansion will encroach into the rear yard setback by 5 feet thus requiring a rear yard

variance.   To access the new deck, two versions of a proposed new staircase have been presented.  Both versions require a rear yard variance, however proposal 2 would also require a side yard variance.    In addition, general landscaping improvements are proposed along with the elimination of one parking space.

4. Warren and Martha Kleinberg—25 Vincent

  The Kleinberg family is proposing an addition to the rear of their property at 25 Vincent Avenue, specifically a second floor addition in the space now occupied by two exterior sheds and a chimney. No expansion of the building footprint is proposed, however, as the existing building encroaches into the required rear yard setback, the proposed addition is an enhancement of a non-conforming structure which requires the approval of the Architectural Review Board.

In addition, an expansion of the second floor to the west is proposed through a new shed roof addition.  As the structure to the west of the Kleinberg residence is only 9’3” away, expansion of the second floor will require a variance of the requirement for a 10’ separation between structures.

5. Richard Swegan and Debra Dinnocenzo—16 South

Richard  Swegan and Debra Dinnocenzo are proposing to add a second floor to a small porch at the rear of their property at 16 South and to enclose the existing first floor porch.  As the existing porch encroaches by 3’10” into the required rear yard setback, this proposal consists of  an  expansion of an existing encroachment which requires the approval of the Architectural Review Board.


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November 10, 2008---9:00 a.m.

WENDT BOARD ROOM - COLONNADE BUILDING

In re: 5 North Terrace, The Maple Inn, 19 Roberts, 14 South

1. Jeff Rusnak---5 North Terrace

The Architectural Review Board meet at the end of August to review a request from Mr. and Mrs. Rusnak regarding the steps on the north side

of their home at 5 North Terrace.  They had existed on a temporary permit pending review by the Architectural Review Board.

At its August meeting, the Board turned down the request to make the steps permanent, in part because there was no evidence presented at the meeting indicating that there were no other feasible ways of gaining secondary access and egress from the structure.

Mr. Rusnak has requested the Board to review this matter again and will be present to discuss the issues.  No changes are contemplated in any of the architectural plans, the steps that exist would be permitted to remain as is if the Board so agrees.

2. Susan and Todd Bauer—The Maple Inn

Susan and Todd Bauer of the Maple Inn are proposing  a reconfiguration of the first and second floors of the Maple Inn at the corner of Bowman and Wythe.  As a part of that work, there will be a minor encroachment of a structural support and a roof encroachment onto the Wythe and Bowman Avenues rights-of-way.

3.  Holt Realty---19 Roberts

Holt Realty applied earlier this year for a special exception approval to lease a real estate office in the Englewood at 19 Roberts.  They are now applying for a permanent special exception use for that office.

In addition, they plan to renovate the first floor as into two apartments to accompany this office.  In that connection, they have re-applied for a rear entry as shown on the attached drawing.  The proposed rear entrance was previously approved by the Architectural Review Board  (see attached minutes) however as it was not initiated within the required one year period from approval, it must be reauthorized by the Architectural Review Board .

4.  Eric Svenson—14 South

Mr. and Mrs. Svenson have recently purchased the property at 14 South Avenue. Their plans for the home include rebuilding the existing basement which has deteriorated,

removal of the hedge along Fletcher and regrading of that area, creating a parking space at the rear of the property and eliminating the existing on-street parking.  No changes to the footprint of the house are proposed.

In addition, the owners would like to add a second floor to the existing encroachment on the west side of the home and change the roof line at that area so as to create proper headroom on the interior.  This proposal creates an expansion of an existing non-conforming structure and as such must be approved by the Architectural Review Board.  

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AUGUST  28, 2008---9AM

WENDT BOARD ROOM - COLONNADE BUILDING

The Hudson family has purchased the property at 6 Oak Avenue and plans a substantial rehabilitation of the home at that address.  It consist of the expansion of the front porch, the addition of a porch on the east side, a 305 foot addition on the rear, and the addition of a second floor on the cottage.  The drawings show the new structure at 26 feet in height as compared to the 36 feet permitted in the district.  No variances are proposed.

As work areas constitute more than 50% of the existing building plus additions, the project qualifies as a Substantial Rehabilitation and must be approved by the Architectural Review Board. The Board  review this proposal at this meeting.

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AUGUST 21, 2008---9AM

TURNER COMMUNITY CENTER - 1st FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

Cases To Be Heard:

1. At its meeting of May 1, 2008, the Architectural Review Board reviewed a request from Brian and Marcia Bermel to add a porch to their property at 15 Ramble.

The Board then tabled that request pending a redesign of the porch.  The Board will review the redesign at this meeting.

2. For the May 1, 2008 meeting Geof Follansbee proposed an addition at the rear of his house at 36 Park Avenue including an extension of the half-basement and an expansion of his kitchen into partially into the required rear yard setback.  At its meeting of May 1, 2008, the Architectural Review Board approved this plan.

Mr. Follansbee is now requesting that the addition be on two stories rather than one as shown on the attached drawing.  No increase in the previously approved footprint is proposed.  The Board will review this proposal at this meeting.

3. Jeff and Susan Rusnak of 5 North Terrace have installed a set of stairs on the north side of their new home on a temporary permit in order that the house could be occupied for the summer. These stairs were built in substitution for the original landscaping solution that appears impractical and are permitted only until October 1, 2008. Mr. and Mrs. Rusnak are requesting that the stairs, as built, be permitted on a permanent basis.

Footnote 11 of Schedule A of the Architectural and Land Use Regulations states

“Where a lot is shown on the Official Map of Chautauqua Institution as having no required setbacks, any expansion of the existing structure to less than 10’from an interior lot line shall require the approval of the Architectural Review Board.  The standards

for the review shall be the Variance Standards contained in Section 7.2.3 and Schedule C.”  The applicant’s landscape contractor reports that the stairs, as built, are 41.5” wide leaving 34” to the lot line.

The Architectural Review Board will review this request, the proposed landscaping plan, treatment of the front of the house, and other issues.

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Notice of Meeting of May 1, 2008

Hultquist Center:  9:30am

AGENDA

1. At its February meeting, the Architectural Review Board reviewed the request of David Shideler to install an awning over the second floor front porch of his home at 8 Vincent.  The Board tabled that request in order to obtain further information and will continue that review.

2. Geof Follansbee of 36 Park Avenue is proposing several changes to his home; specifically to extend the existing half-basement to a full basement (raising the house less than 16”), to expand the kitchen on the northwesterly corner of the house, and to undertake some interior remodeling. The kitchen expansion element of the project will require an area variance.  At present, the existing structure encroaches by 1.5 feet into the required 10 foot rear yard setback.  Extending the rear line of the house by 7 feet will increase the rear yard encroachment; but no more than 1.5 feet at any point.  

3. Brian Bermel is requesting permission to modify and add to an existing second floor deck for his condominium at 15 Ramble Avenue.  The deck will not exceed the width of the existing building; however, the existing building encroaches on the street right-of-way and thus the proposed new deck constitutes an expansion of a non-conforming use requiring the approval of the Architectural Review Board.  

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Notice of Meeting of January 31, 2008

Hultquist Center:  9:30am

Case 07-10 (continued)

Name: Roy and Paula Mason

Address: 30 Peck

At its meeting of November 2, 2007 the Architectural Review Board reviewed a request from Roy and Paula Mason to accomplish the goals of a previously approved project through demolition and reconstruction of their home at 30 Peck as opposed to rehabilitation of the existing structure.  The Architectural Review Board tabled action on this request pending further review including review by an outside architectural consultant to the Board.  That report will be part of the reconvened review meeting.

Case Number: 08-01

Name: Dave Shideler

Address: 8 Vincent

Dave Shideler, of 8 Vincent Avenue, has applied to install awnings over temporary frames on the second floor porch of his property.  The temporary frames have been used to support a winter “porch wrap” as is common at Chautauqua and the dual use of supporting a summer awning is proposed.  These awnings, when installed, will create a covered porch that will be within 5’4” of the covered porch of the structure to the west structures and thus require an area variance. To the east, the new awning roof is not within 10’ of the adjoining structure, measured horizontally.

The Architectural and Land Use Regulations at in Schedule C.12 indicates that when “window awnings” are installed, they become an integral component of the structure and thus must undergo the same review as a structure.  While Mr. Shideler is not proposing window awnings per se, his proposal would appear to fall within the same intent of the regulations.

Case Number: 08-02

Name: George Holt; Howard Hanna Holt Realty

Address: 19 Roberts

George Holt, President of Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate, has applied for a special use permit in order to establish a seasonal real estate office at 19 Roberts Avenue(the Englewood).  He proposes to occupy a space that has for many years been occupied by Chautauqua Lake Realty; however, no record of the issuance of a special use permit for that use can be found.  Professional offices are only permitted in the Terrace District by issuance of a special use permit.

Case Number: 08-03

Name: Paul Roberts

Address: 7 Roberts

Paul and Francis Roberts, of 7 Roberts Avenue, are planning an interior renovation of the first floor of their home as well as a portion of the basement. As a part of that project, they would like to alter the exterior walls of the basement so that the new basement walls would line up with the existing exterior walls of the second floor.  At present, the second floor is wider than the first floor and basement at several locations. As part of the renovation project, the basement walls and first floor walls would be expanded at several locations, but would not project further than the existing second floor.

Expansion of the basement and first floor creates two variance requests.  At the northeast corner of the property, the existing first floor is 8’3” distant from an open stairway on the house to the north.  Upon completion, it would be 6’9” from that stairway.  A ten foot separation is required by the Architectural and Land Use Regulations.  On the east side of the property, the existing wall is 4’ from the adjoining shed; upon completion it would be 3’3” from the existing shed rather than the required ten feet.

The Board will meet to discuss these requests on Thursday, January 31st at 9:30am in the Hultquist Center.  Your are welcome to attend in person, by phone, or to offer any comments you may have in writing.  E-mails are preferred.

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NOTICE OF MEETING—ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2007---HULTQUIST CENTER—9:30am

Case #07-10

Roy and Paula Mason of 30 Peck Avenue have asked the Architectural Review Board to review a proposed change in the methods used to accomplish the substantial rehabilitation of their home.  Previously, the Architectural Review Board had approved a project consisting of the construction of a basement with living space, the demolition of two chimneys, and the addition of two story porches that will wrap around the Peck and Wythe sides of the home.

Instead of accomplishing this project through the rehabilitation of the home, Mr. and Mrs. Mason are now requesting permission to demolish the existing home and construct a new home in accordance with the plans previously approved.  In addition, two dormer changes are proposed for the roof  to achieve code compliance.

Case # 07-09

Gary and Emogene Bedrosian of 98 Stoessel Avenue have applied to install an exterior hot tub on the rear (easterly) side of their property.  The proposed location encroaches on a required yard setback and thus an area variance is being requested.

A hot tub is permitted in the Highlands district provided that it is sight screened and located unobtrusively along the side or rear of the property.  

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NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

OCTOBER 5, 2007—1PM—HULTQUIST CENTER

Case # 07-06

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff  Rushack have contracted to purchase the property located at 5 North Terrace and are proposing to demolish the existing structure and to rebuild it in substantially the same footprint and style.  On preliminary review, no variances from the requirements of the Architectural and Land Use Regulations are apparent in the proposed design. The Architectural Review Board will review both the demolition request and the proposed replacement structure.

Case # 07-07

Robert Ludwig, of 46 Peck Avenue, is proposing several modifications to his property, specifically;

1. Enlargement of the basement window on the front of the house to provide a window well conforming to the New York State Building Code to serve as an egress window and,

2. Enlargement of the shed roofed dormer on the east side of the property to accommodate a mechanical room.  At the present time, the dormer is located approximately 21 feet back from the front plane of the building, the proposed addition will add approximately 7 feet to the dormer placing it 14 feet back from the front of the building.  Only the east side dormer is proposed to be extended, the west side dormer will remain as is.

Case # 07-08

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Hermance are proposing to build a new home for their family on the vacant lot at the corner of Pratt Avenue and Oak Street (82 Pratt).  The home itself does not require review by the Architectural Review Board; however, the owner is requesting a 5’ side yard setback variance so that the garage could be placed so as to not adversely affect a large maple tree on the property.  The setback variance would occur on the south side of the property adjacent to the 10’ utility right of way.  

Case # 07-09

Kevin and Katie Cooke are proposing to build a new home on the vacant lot at 18 Park Avenue.  They are requesting a side yard variance of 2’8” on the west side of the home, for a portion of its length.

These proposals will be reviewed by the Architectural Review Board. The Board will meet on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 1pm at the Hultquist Center to consider these issues. You are welcome to attend the meeting in person to learn more about the proposal and offer your comments or you may submit any comments or questions in writing.  

E-mails are preferred to cheinz@ciweb.org.

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NOTICE OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING

AUGUST 17, 2007—3PM

HULTQUIST CENTER

David Koschik and Izumi Hara have received approval from the Architectural Review Board to undertake certain renovations to their property at 67 Pratt Avenue (May 3, 2007).

In the course of further investigation of the structural condition of the guest cottage, a number of problems have emerged which have cast doubt on the feasibility of renovating this structure.   Accordingly, the owners have requested permission to accomplish their project by demolishing the existing structure and then rebuilding it as a new structure achieving the same result as was approved by the Architectural Review Board.  

As such demolitions may only be approved by the Architectural Review Board, a meeting of the Board has been scheduled for August 17, 2007 at 3pm.  The meeting will take place in the first floor conference room of the Turner Community Center.

You are welcome to attend the meeting in person and/or to submit any comments you have in writing to the Community Planning Office.  

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NOTICE OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING

JUNE 15, 2007—1PM

HULTQUIST CENTER

Case # 07-04

At its meeting of May 5, 2007, the Board of Trustees authorized the sale of a parcel of land on Massey Avenue to the Everett Jewish Life Center for the construction of an educational/residential center. The Board also requested that the Chautauqua Institution Architectural Review Board review the building and site plans for the purpose of advising the President of the Institution of any architectural or land use issues attendant to this proposal.

The building is centered approximately midway between Cookman and Peck on the west side of Massey Avenue. The main building is proposed to be 50’ wide by 38’ deep.  A 14’ deep porch is proposed for the Massey Avenue streetscape wrapping around the south side of the building. A stairway and elevator is proposed on the south side of the building at the rear to service the three levels of the building. Access to the structure will be at the rear.  The front porch of the building will sit back 34’ from the paved cartway of Massey Avenue to provide ample green space at the front of the building.

Four dwelling units for program participants and one caretaker apartment are proposed in addition to dining facilities, seminar rooms, and a library.

No variances from the requirements of the Architectural and Land Use Regulations are proposed.

Case # 07-05

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Rose have purchased the property at 15 Harris and are planning a substantial rehabilitation of the property.  The proposed scope of work consists of a basement addition, an addition to the west side of the home, some exterior architectural changes, and interior changes.  Because of the scope of the work, the project must be reviewed by the Architectural Review Board, even though no variances from the requirements of the Architectural and Land Use Regulations are proposed.

Case # 07-01 (continued)

The Architectural Review Board has held two review meetings to discuss the proposed duplex at 43 Root.  The last meeting ended with some architectural issues still unresolved; accordingly a third review meeting has been scheduled to continue to discuss issues of building scale and roof configuration.

Charles Heinz

Vice-President, Planning and Community Design

Chautauqua Institution

PO Box 28 Chautauqua, NY 14722

cheinz@ciweb.org