Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting Minutes September 15, 2017

Minutes of the
State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting

September 15, 2017, 10:00 A.M.
Boardroom, Fourth Floor, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
735 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan

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

Krysta Ryzewski

Bethany Berdes, Laura Ashlee, Mollie Olinyk, Todd Walsh, Debra Ball Johnson, Chelsea Dantuma, Lindsay Towne, Katie Kolokithas, Brian Grennell, Stacy Tchorzynski, Brian Conway, Martha MacFarlane-Faes

Melissa Arrowsmith (Genesee County Savings Bank), Tim Boscarino (Fort Wayne), Alisa Crawford (De Zwaan Windmill), Bob Christensen (De Zwaan Windmill), Jeff Dombrowski (Keeler Building), Nancy Finegood, Pat Ligibel, Jennifer Metz (Heartside Historic District), Sue Osgood (Keeler Building), Rebecca Savage (Edson, Moore & Co.), Rebecca Smith-Hoffman (Heartside Historic District)

The presentation computer needed to be restarted so the meeting started late.  Ligibel called the meeting to order at 10:05 a. m.

Smith moved approval of the agenda
Bund supported the motion
Vote: 8-0

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


  • SHPO moved to the MSHDA Building on January 9, 2017.
  • The Governor has appointed Krysta Ryzewski to the Review Board.  Ryzewski is an archaeologist and Associate Professor at Wayne State University.
  • Conway suggests that the Board pass a resolution of appreciation for Board members that leave the board.
  • Katie Kolokithas is our newest SHPO staff member.  She rejoins SHPO as the Survey and Information Coordinator.
  • Laura Ashlee was recently appointed to the Michigan Historical Commission.  She was previously in charge of the Marker program.
  • Joelle Letts is on maternity leave.  She had a baby boy on August 8, 2017.
  • SHPO is still in the hiring process for the CLG Coordinator and National Register Coordinator positions.
  • We are moving forward with our GIS database.  We are working with a consultant located in Tampa, Florida.  We are wrapping up Phase 1 and are moving into Phase 2.  We anticipate going live next Spring.
  • Our Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program applications are due in November. Lijewski secured additional funds to prepare Historic Structure Reports for Thunder Bay, Manitou, Gull Rock, and Stannard Rock lights.
  • We are seeing a lot of Section 106 applications.  The most recent is the Ambassador Bridge.  We hold a preservation agreement on the bridge, different from an easement.  Our attorneys are looking at the agreement to see what that means for our office.
  • We are also dealing with the Beaver Island Lighthouse.  We hold an easement for the lighthouse, and nobody knew that they were supposed to turn on the heat and the pipes froze during the winter two ago.  There is a legal suit between the public school and northwest.
  • Superintendent’s home at the school for the death.  Pipes froze here as well, and we are trying to get that under control.
  • Mollie Olinyk is serving as our outreach program.  She is working with MEDC and other agencies to get all of the outreach coordinators together and assist Michigan communities.
  • A second Michigan Modern book is coming out in January.  This is a topic of interest across the country.  Conway is going to Traverse City to talk about the book.  Next week he is going to Los Angeles, California, and then to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to discuss an Eliel Saarinen-designed house.  Conway will speak in Seattle, Washington, in 2018.
  • Amplification. There is a portable amplification system that we can use.  When this room was revamped MSHDA staff determined amplification was not needed.  There is also a lot of white noise.  The cost is too expensive.  It was also suggested that the Board all sit on one side so that the audience can hear everyone.  This might also create problems for the Board members to hear each other.  Bund wants to know if it is that difficult to have individual microphones, but Laura said our IT staff said that would create feedback. 


  • SHPO Archaeology staff participated in the MHPN Annual Conference in May.
  • The archaeology staff once again participated in the Michigan History Center’s Dig Camp. This is the fourth year of the collaboration.  Kids spend a week learning about archaeology.
  • The Fayette Heritage Days was held in August this year, and marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the town. As part of the anniversary the park is trying to find individuals who have a familial connection with the site.
  • Archaeology staff also had a chance to go to Burnt Bluff and visit Spider Cave.  There is petroglyph called “spider man.”  The sites are on state-owned land, and are incredibly remote.  Staff kayaked out to the bluff to visit the site.
  • Sanilac Petroglyphs: SHPO hired a consultant who performed an assessment in September. Tchorzynski applied for grant funding to undertake that work.  The project also includes work on the bridges that need to be replaced.
  • Archaeology Day is coming up on October 28, 2017.  The event takes place between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.  In 2016 1000 visitors attended the event.  Underwater talk, arch discovered cache pits, using laser to look at glass beads.  Visitors will have a chance to use an atlatl to throw a spear
  • Tchorzynski notes that Anderson is serving his 25th year with the State of Michigan.


  • Walsh would like the Board’s comments on the deadline calendar.  The Board is happy with the deadline calendar.
  • A Michigan guide to National Register, and a style guide are being developed.  Both documents should be done in January.
  • An updated River Raisin battlefield nomination will be presented to the Board in January. The nomination for Charlotte Central Historic District will be done.
  • A survey and nomination for Hart Plaza in Detroit will be initiated soon.
  • Other on-going National Register projects include the modern residential districts in Southfield, and commercial districts in Old Town (Lansing), Sault Sainte Marie, and Oxford, and a railroad A-frame in Mackinac City.
  • The SHPO has reinstituted their monthly phone calls with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.


Smith moves to make a motion to move the appeal up to after the staff reports. Bund seconded and Baker abstained.

Aniszczyk v. City of Grand Rapids Historic District Commission

Baker has recused herself. Hart-Negrich is unable to attend due to a family emergency. The Board heard this case last year, and sent it back to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Since that time a new ALJ has been assigned to the case. The new ALJ has asked the Board to affirm the decision of the commission, and to have the owner install historically appropriate windows. Since the case was first heard, the house has been sold and now the new owner is in the process of selling it.

Motion: Smith makes a motion to support the most recent ALJ decision
Seconded: Gyure
Vote:7-0 (Baker abstained)


Site:  Heartside Historic District Boundary Increase
Presented by:  Jennifer Metz
Moved for Approval: Bund
Seconded: Rebain
Vote:  7-0, Baker Abstains
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Bund would like to go back to the map.  There is a dotted line that notes the old district.  It has been expanded four times due to the interest in historic preservation tax credits.  Bund also wants to confirm the new number of resources added which is 46 contributing and 17 non-contributing.  All of the new buildings have been built since about 2000 and have been reviewed by the Commission.  The park is non-contributing since it’s new.  Walsh is working with Baker to come up with an accurate boundary description.

Jackson is confused because some the numbers do not add up.  Metz is going to double-check all of the contributing and non-contributing building numbers.

The dotted is the original National Register boundary, and is being increased to match the local historic district boundary.

Bund notes that on page 54 that the entry for 334-350 Ionia does not indicate whether it is contributing or non-contributing.  Metz says it is non-contributing.

Gyure says that the nomination indicates the period of significance goes up to 1953 but in the presentation, it said 1959.  Metz says the Board has an old nomination and that it is 1959.

Site: De Zwaan Windmill, Holland, Ottawa County
Presented by:  Alisa Crawford
Moved for Approval: Rebain with the proposed amendments to describe the site itself
Seconded: Jackson
Vote:  7-0, Smith abstains
Criteria: A and B
Level of Significance:  State

Rebain questioned if the other buildings should be included in the nomination. Christensen, the SHPO’s former National Register Coordinator, provided comments in response to Rebain’s question.  Christensen stated that he visited the site he thought not to included them, but he also thinks they were interesting and significant and built in a Dutch style, but none of them were old enough to be considered contributing.  So, he decided to not include them in the nomination.  He had asked the city to do research and come back with an amendment to this nomination when they were ready.

The post house was the only existing building when the mill was dedicated in 1965.  There are two green houses, a workshop built in the 1980s or 1990s.  Carousel building built in the 1990s to house the carousel.  The first building in the mid-1960s it’s called Little Netherlands built sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  The next building is called the white tent built in 2005 catere built in 2006, small building off to the left to hold the street organ built in the 1990s.

A lean-to, radio building, paths, and canals need to be added to the nomination as contributing or non-contributing.

Site: Keeler Building, Grand Rapids, Kent Co.
Presented by:  Sue Osgood
Moved to Approval: Bund
Seconded:  Gyure
Vote:  7-0, Smith abstains
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Bund notes that the brick was put on from the bottom down and that was done on purpose.

Braynon would like to know if there were any photos of the interior arcade and they could not find any.

The building is designed for 132 affordable units.  The developer is going to put some commercial spaces in the arcade.

Site: Genesee County Savings Bank, Flint, Genesee Co.
Presented by:  Melissa Arrowsmith
Moved for Approval:  Smith
Seconded: Bund
Vote:  7-0, Rebain abstains
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Bund stated that this is great news that the building will be renovated as a hotel.

Site: Edson, Moore & Co. Building, Detroit, Wayne Co.
Presented by:  Rebecca Binno Savage
Moved for Approval: Gyure
Seconded: Smith
Vote:  7-0, Rebain abstains
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

All of the floors are going to be commercial or light industrial except for the top floor and a rooftop addition will hold thirty-three residential units.

Smith suggested that there was too much background description of the old building that Edson used to inhabit and unrelated material - such as discussion on Saarinen.

Ligibel mentioned that the “elevator penthouse” was a confusing and unfamiliar term, but Rebain confirmed that the usage is correct.

Site: Joseph S. Fay Shipwreck Site, Rogers City, Presque Isle Co.
Presented by:  Dean Anderson
Moved for Approval:  Jackson with adding Criterion C, adding Commerce and Trade as Historical Functions, and finding out where the high-water mark is on the shoreline in terms of property ownership.
Seconded:  Rebain
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and D
Level of Significance:  State

Walsh notes that two letters of support were received, one from the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society, and the second from the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners.

Smith asked whether the site should be nominated under A and C instead of A and D.

Rebain asked if it were still floating would it still be a cultural and archaeological site

Walsh suggested that it is the method of investigation that makes it appropriate to nominate under Criterion D.

Conway asked about the ownership of the portion of the shipwreck located on the beach. Anderson stated he believes that it is the contention of NOAA that the beached portion of the site is owned by the State of Michigan.

Conway also asked how the property owners in the area treat the site.

Braynon asked about its protection since it is in such shallow water.  Anderson stated that state law technically protects the site, but if nobody is around, or if someone does not see anything, people can do what they want.

Site: Grecian Shipwreck Site, Alpena, Alpena Co.
Presented by:  Dean Anderson
Moved for Approval: Smith with adding criteria C
Seconded: Gyure
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and D
Level of Significance:  State

Rebain notes that in the nomination description that the freighters are not made the same anymore.  Anderson says that, to a great extent, they are still made the same even though they look very different.

Site: McKinley Elementary School, Wyandotte, Wayne Co.
Presented by:  Kristine Kidorf
Moved for Approval: Gyure
Seconded: Smith
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Ligibel wants Kidorf to check the Period of Significance because it is different in two places.  Page 12 notes 1939 to 1967, but in the Narrative Description is says 1939 to 1949.

Site: Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, Flint, Genesee
Presented by:  Kristine Kidorf
Moved for Approval: Rebain
Seconded: Bund
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local
Kidorf notes that the new owner, who heads a non-profit organization, went to elementary school there.

Site: Fort Wayne (Additional Documentation)
Presented by:  Tim Boscarino
Moved for Approval: Jackson
Seconded: Smith
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A, C and D
Level of Significance:  Local, State, and National

The Board discussed whether the fifty-year age mark matters in this case since the period of significance is extends from 750 to 1971.  Boscarino notes that there was about a 400-year period that the site was not occupied.

Anderson asked if the burial ground was entirely reconstructed

There were two different the first in 1876 and then in 1944 the war department did not know what it was, so they hired an archaeologist who excavated the mound.  The excavation identified what appeared to be two bodies, then the mound was reconstructed.

Jackson notes that the NPS has listed reconstructed mounds already, and she thinks this one will not be a problem.


Inglis House Local Historic District, Ann Arbor

The Board had no further comments

Stanley Hong’s Mannia Café Local Historic District, Detroit

The Board had no further comments

Clay School Local Historic District, Detroit

Bunds stated page 3 of the report notes that the style was affected by education.

Conway notes that with local historic district designation, the school will have another layer of protection.

Heritage Hill Local Historic District: Amendment of post-1926 Resources, Grand Rapids

Baker notes that the things that Arnold brought up have been corrected. There has been discussion amongst the City, and Baker is asking the Board on their opinion on what they think the end date should be. There were things built after 1931. There is an apartment complex, medical facility, and other commercial.

Rebain said he lives in Indian Village and is in favor of including sites built after 1931 as they are a part of, and serve, the community. Smith notes that some of those apartment buildings are incredible in design.

Smith motions to support extending the date to 1968 because the feels it contributes to the district.
Seconded: Braynon
Vote: 7-0 (Baker abstained)

Heartside Local Historic District: Amendment: Post 1926 Resources, Grand Rapids

The Board had no further comments

Market & Main Street Local Historic District Amendment: Haldimand Bay, Mackinac Island

The Board had no further comments

2663 Mandingo Portage Local Historic District Modification: Demolition, Portage

Conway notes that it's not the Board's responsibility to decide if something is contributing but whether the report was accurate and that they should be asking for a boundary decrease. Also, that Amy needs to let them know what role the Board plays.

Baker said she read it twice and could not figure out what they are really saying.

Kramer-Kuebler-Adler Farm Local Historic District, Washtenaw County

The Board had no further comments

Thornoaks Neighborhood Local Historic District, Washtenaw County

The Board had no further comments

Baker moves to have a resolution
Smith seconded

Moved: Baker
Seconded: Gyure

January 12, 2018
Moved for Approval: Smith
Seconded: Baker
Vote: 8-0

Smith moved adjournment
Seconded: Gyure
Vote: 8-0

Meeting adjourned at 2:19 pm

Prepared by Bethany Berdes