Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting Minutes January 13, 2017

Minutes of the
State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting

January 13, 2017, 10:00 A.M.
Boardroom, Fourth Floor, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
735 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan

Brian Rebain, Grace A. M. Smith, Jennifer Radcliff, Misty Jackson, Sally Bund, Ted Ligibel, Rhonda Baker, Dale Gyure

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Bob Christensen, Bethany Berdes, Laura Ashlee, Mollie Olinyk, Ashleigh Czapek, Diane Tuinstra, Todd Walsh, Debra Ball Johnson, Lindsay Ellis, Chelsea Dantuma,

Bill Rutter (Delta Resort), Stan Scheumann (Camp Arcadia), Frank Lucatelli, Rodger Parzyck (WMU East Campus), Sharon Ferraro (WMU East Campus), Pam O’Connor (WMU East Campus), Sally Suppen (Herman Miller – DePree/Eames House), Nancy Ridley (Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School), John Guidinger (First Congregational Church), Jennifer Metz (Herman Miller – DePree/Eames House), Ken Linguar (First Congregational Church), Marilyn Guidinger (First Congregational Church), Kathleen Ivy (Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School), David Ivy (Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School), Scott Smith (Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School), Xiahan Bao (WMU), Nancy Finegood (MHPN), Chris Wryler (WMU), Cambray Sampson (Walther League Camp), Skye Wehwars (Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School), Shannon Martin (Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School), David Syckle II (Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School), Haley McAlpine (Paint Creek Cider Mill), Barb Barber (Paint Creek Cider Mill), Kristine Kidorf (Hall of the Divine Child)

Ligibel called the meeting to order at 10:01 a. m.

Radcliff moved approval of the agenda
Rebain supported the motion
Vote: 8-0

Rebain volunteered for the position. 
Bund moved election of Rebain as Vice-Chair.
Smith supported the motion
Vote 8-0

Smith moved approval of the minutes
Gyure supported the motion
Vote: 8-0

•    SHPO moved to the MSHDA Building on January 9, 2017.
•    Conway introduced Chelsea Dantuma, the newest student in the SHPO office as well as Lindsay Ellis and Ashleigh Czapek.
•    The newly re-designed lighthouse license plates have come out.  Since 2000, there are approximately 93,000 in circulation.  The program generates
     $100,000 to the Secretary of State each year and is turned over to us to administer to      our lighthouse stewards.  Since the beginning of the program
     we have funded over 113 projects and averaging about six lighthouse projects per year. 
•    We executed an agreement with OX Architectural firm out of Ann Arbor to create four historic structure reports on off shore lighthouses, Standard Rock,
     Gull Island, Manitou Island, and Thunder Bay.  Lijewski received a $126,000 grant      National Maritime Heritage grant program through the National Park
•    The SHPO just completed a competitive long running biding process of three billion dollars to work on our database that will manage all of our cultural
     resources that will create our GIS system.  Tuinstra is working on this program and      says that it is all going very well.
•    We are preparing and RFP for some more commercial district nominations which are related to the Mainstreet programs, Sault St. Marie, Oxford, and an
     expansion of the North Lansing historic district.  We are also working on a nomination for Charlotte Historic District.  In the past we have done
     nomination for Escanaba, Hart, Grand Haven, Blissfield, Owosso, Clare, Alma, Portland, Niles, Greenfield all connected to the Mainstreet Program.
•    We have received funding through our parent company we are looking at initiating a contract to survey and nominate two Mid-Century Modern districts in
     Southfield.  They are Plum Brook Estates and the second being Northland
•    We just learned that we received a $49,500 grant to do inventory work, prepare a context and do a multiple resource nomination with sites in Detroit that
     are related to the Civil Rights Movement.  Arnold with other staff prepared the application.  We will be working with the City of Detroit and the Historic
     Designation Advisory Board to get that work done this year.
•    The Michigan Modern launched in October with four consecutive presentations at Cranbrook.  Contributing authors were invited to speak on various
     topics about Michigan.
•    Arnold and Conway have been running the book signing circuit and have been very busy.  Conway missed the last meeting because he was in New York
     speaking, Conway will be going to Modernism Week in Palm Springs, they will be going to speak to the Chicago Chapter of American Institute of
     Architects in March, just last night they spoke to the International Interior Design Association at the Herman Miller Design Yard facility in Holland and will
     be repeating that in Detroit on Thursday this week.  They have been contacted by a number of groups to go speak.  They have been asked to speak at
     South by Southwest in March.  Conway was invited to speak in Cincinnati in April at a Midwest      Conference for industrial designers.  We also received
     a notable book award from the Library of Michigan.
•    Lastly, Conway announced that Christensen is retiring in April.  So this will be his last Review Board meeting.  He has been with the State for 38 years.
     Christensen lives this job, travels around Michigan and know a lot about Michigan      and has had his hand in over 1,700 nominations.


•    Anderson mentioned that Archaeology Day was October 1, 2016 and we had over 1000 participants and visitors.  It is going up every year.  It was a huge
     success and although we do a lot of promotion he thinks it is doing so well because of Tchorzynski.

To recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s neighborhoods, downtowns, and countryside, the state’s unique character, and the preservation of cultural resources that document Michigan’s past.
Recipients may include:
•    homeowners who rehabilitate their homes
•    developers who transform underutilized historic structures into vital economic assets,
•    academic institutions, archaeologists, or educational projects that inspire people to preserve historic buildings and archaeological sites, and
•    policy makers who demonstrate commitment to the preservation of historic resources through innovative planning activities
Project/program/recipients will be evaluated using the following criteria.
•   Project/program/recipient shows a commitment to “doing the job right” reflecting the highest preservation standards and ethics;
•   Project/program/recipient reflects a spirit of cooperation and teamwork by bringing together varied partners;
•   Project/program/recipient had a significant impact on the acquisition of knowledge and/or by serving as a community catalyst for change and additional
     investment in the neighborhood or community;
•   Project/program/recipient took advantage of SHPO/OSA programs or expertise or other state incentive programs;
•   Project/program/recipient had strong support from and/or direct involvement from community members.
Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers, Richard Meier Associates, David McBride Construction, and Garon Gopigian for the rehabilitation of the James and Jean Douglas House, Harbor Springs
•    All materials, including huge panes of glass had to be lifted by crane from the road side to the hillside to rebuild the lake façade.
•    Steel railings on exterior bridge approach were suspended in place to avoid removing them while bridge structure and deck were rebuilt below.
•    Project has received national attention.
•    Owners consulted with original architect, Richard Meier.
•    Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Featured in Michigan Modern project.

Michigan State University Department of Anthropology and the
Michigan State University Department of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities for the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, East Lansing

•    MSU Campus Archaeology investigates sites on campus prior to each earth-disturbing construction project on campus.
•    Successful due to collaboration between two university departments: The Departments of Anthropology and Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
•    First archaeological excavation by a university archaeologist took place on campus in 2005. The investigation of Saints’ Rest received a governor’s
•    Response by the university was so positive, that the Campus Archaeology Program was created in 2007.
•    Ongoing outreach activities, including—public invited to observe work and to attend other events sites on campus.

Wabash and Main LLC, Kincaid Henry Building Group, and Kraemer Design Group for the East Main Street Rehabilitations, Milan
•    Four buildings had deteriorated for decades and been vacant for 5-10 years
•    One developer rehabilitated exterior and interior of four buildings as apartments and retail
•    Used Federal HP Tax Credits and was assisted by incentives through MEDC and MSHDA among others
•    $5,270,961 direct investment
•    Project has had a tremendous impact on the downtown

Strathmore Apartments Limited Dividend Housing Association, LLC; Hamilton-Anderson Associates; and The Monahan Company for the rehabilitation of Strathmore Apartments, Detroit
•    Project addresses Midtown Detroit, Inc.’s North Cass Strategy
•    Project returned a blighted property to productive use
•    Move-ins began in May 2016 and by November all space was leased including the 129 housing units and the 2,031 square feet of retail space
•    40 percent affordable housing

LC Consultants, LLC; Concept Design Studio, Inc.; Rockford Construction, Inc; Nehil-Sivak; and Past Perfect Inc. for the rehabilitation of Central Furniture Co./H. E. Shaw Furniture and Century Furniture Co., Grand Rapids Central Furniture/H. E. Shaw Furniture (Klingman’s Building)
•    Used Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits
•    $34,008,600 Direct investment
•    $38,769,804 Indirect investment
•    $72,778,404 Total Economic Impact

Century Furniture Co. (Baker Furniture)
•    $26,790,000 Direct investment
•    $30,540,600 Indirect investment
•    $57,330,600 Total Economic Impact
•    The rehabilitation of the Century Furniture Co. (Baker Lofts), completed in 2014, and that of the Central Furniture Co.-H. E. Shaw Furniture Factory
     (Klingman Lofts) approved in 2016, together with the Downtown Market has cleaned up a blighted area and made it a destination.
•    Both projects provided much-needed affordable housing in the city.

LC Consultants, LLC; Concept Design Studio, Inc.; Wolverine Building Group; and Kidorf Preservation Consulting for the rehabilitation of the Peoples National Bank Building, Jackson
•    Rehabilitated existing senior apartment space into 33 larger apartments
•    Used Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal Historic Preservation Credits
•    $10.3 million in direct investment in downtown Jackson
•    First major historic rehabilitation in Jackson in many years
•    Spurring additional historic rehabilitation downtown

The Board had no further comments.

Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded: Smith
Vote:  7-0, Rebain abstained

Site: Petition for De-Listing of Western State Normal School Historic District, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded:  Guyre
Vote:  8-0

The Board had no further comments.

Site:  Petition for De-Listing of East Hall, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval:  Bund
Seconded: Baker
Vote:  8-0

The Board had no further comments.

Ligibel recommends that the Commission, the University and the City collaborate and come up with a new nominations.

Radcliff moves that the wording of that recommendation is very important.

Conway recommends that they do an inventory of the campus.
Radcliff moved for recommendation for the interested parties to collaborate.

Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded: Smith
Vote:  8-0

The Board had no further comments.

Site: Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School, Mount Pleasant, Isabella County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval:  Jackson
Seconded:  Smith
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and D
Level of Significance:  State

William Johnson, interim THPO, showed some regalia of a boy and a girl.  Many of the students perished while at the school and he would like to honor them today.  Ruby has brought the regalia to represent the students that are no longer with us.  He greeted the room in the original and traditional language with translation.  He notes that students were not allowed to use their native language.

The school is outside of the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation.

He notes that he is responsible for nominating eligible sites to the Register for his tribe.  He also tries to advise and assist other local governments on their historic preservation responsibilities.

In October 2010 the PA208 was signed into law by Jennifer Granholm gave the land to the City of Mt. Pleasant and the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.  The tribe wants to remember the students and recognize its historical significance.

Dr. Sara Surface-Evans from CMU has been working with the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribe and the City of Mt. Pleasant since 2012.  She discusses the importance of why this site should be a historic district instead of listing each site individually.

Saginaw-Chippewa environmental response program specialist, Michael Fisher, addressed the environmental concerns.

Nancy Ridley, City Manager, from the City of Mt. Pleasant notes that they are they to show partial support for the nomination.  The City was not aware that the nomination was for the entire 320 acres and asked the Review Board to amend the boundaries until the City has a chance to do more archaeological surveys.  The City also brought a letter for the file.

Christensen adds that there is a small portion, about 8 acres, owned by the Board of Education that he was not aware of and thinks that section should be excluded.

Smith would like to know why it’s not being considered for National significance and just at the State level. Christensen’s response is that it is not the only boarding school around but it was the only one in Michigan.  There was a whole network of these boarding schools.  The nomination does not address the national context.

Ligibel comments that he thinks the entire the Board had the same thought but it will be done at a later date when more information is gathered.

Radcliff would like to know the back story on why the City does not want the entire area to be included.  Scott Smith, the City Attorney, responded by saying the unknown sites are somewhat defined but not entirely.  The City needs to do a complete survey before they know where the cultural resources are. They are worried about being listed and that it will impact economic development.  He noted that they were only notified of this meeting on December 19, 2016.

Radcliff asked if when the City bought the land from the State if there were any expenses.  Scott Smith said they were only charged whatever expenses the State incurred.

Bund asked about the northern portion.  Attorney notes that that area has always been farmed and tilled and they plan on going out in the Spring and do a walking survey.  That area will be used eventually but there are no current plans to develop the northern portion.

Conway makes the recommendation that the school board be notified on the nomination before the nomination is sent in to the National Park Service. This was motioned by the board and approved.

The Board took a 10 minute break.

Site: Civil War Memorial (Additional Documentation), Adrian, Lenawee County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval:  Rebain
Seconded:  Bund
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C

Level of Significance:  State

Radcliff asked if the cannons are part of the nomination and that they stay part of the monument. Christensen notes that they are a part of the nomination and they are trying to restore the original bases for the cannons.

Site: Paint Creek Cider Mill, Oakland Township, Oakland County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded:  Smith
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: B and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Mike Bailey, Supervisor of Oakland Township, is at the meeting in support of the nomination.  The site is dear to his heart and to all the residents of the Township. The Parks and Recreation Department and Historic District Commission are located on the second floor. They are very excited to get approval from the Board this afternoon.

Bund would like to know how they use the first floor and do they make money from it.  The first floor used to be a restaurant.  Most of the building is township government offices.

Barbara Barber notes that there is a photography exhibit and the first floor space is used by the public for art exhibits and events.

Five minute break to gather food to continue as a working lunch.

Site: Hall of the Divine Child, Monroe, Monroe County
Presented by:  Kristine Kidorf
Moved for Approval:  Smith
Seconded:  Gyure
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local
The Board had no further comments.

Site: First Congregational Church, Jackson, Jackson County
Presented by:  Kenneth Lingaur
Moved for Approval:  Bund
Seconded:  Jackson
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: C
Level of Significance:  Local

Linguar notes that John and Marilynn Guidinger are here on behalf of the nomination.

John Guidinger introduced himself and commented on the active community at the church.

The Board had no further comments.

There was a switch to do the Max and Esther De Pree House before the Camp Delta/Delta Resort.

Site: Max and Esther De Pree House, Zeeland, Ottawa County
Presented by: Jennifer Metz
Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded: Gyure
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: C
Level of Significance:  National

Sally Suppen from Herman Miller was here in support of the nomination.

The Board had no further comments.

Site: Camp Delta/Delta Resort, Garden Township, Delta County
Presented by:  William Rutter
Moved for Approval:  Jackson
Seconded:  Smith
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

It was noted that it is still functioning under the same family since 1963.

The Board had no further comments.

Site: Walter League Camp/Camp Arcadia, Arcadia Township, Manistee County
Presented by: Todd Walsh
Moved for Approval:  Rebain
Seconded: Baker
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Cambray Sampson is here in support of the nomination.

Stan Shiman, President of Lutheran Camp Association. They are responsible for making decisions for the camp. He gave a brief history of his experience with the camp.  He noted that they are coming up on their 100th anniversary.

The Board had no further comment.

Site: Richard and Deborah (Brough) Glaister House, Lansing, Ingham County
Presented by: Ashleigh Czapek
Moved for Approval:  Smith
Seconded:  Bund
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: B and C
Level of Significance:  Local

The Board had no further comment.

Addition to the East Ferry Avenue Historic District, Detroit (578, 582 & 590 E. Ferry and 5536 St. Antoine, Detroit

Boundary justification was weak and it is not understood why they only picked these four resources.  The significant statement was confusing and it was difficult to follow.  Arnold wants additional information about the school and to have the street names added.

The Board had no additional comments.

There were none.

May 12, 2017, September 15, 2017, and January 12, 2018
Moved for Approval: Baker
Seconded: Smith
Vote: 8-0

Radcliff moved adjournment
Smith supported the motion
Vote: 8-0

Meeting adjourned at 2:12 pm

Prepared by Bethany Berdes