Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting Minutes, May 6, 2016

APPROVED

Minutes of the

State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting

May 6, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Boardroom, Fourth Floor, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
735 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan

 

Board Members Present

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

Board Members Absent

NA

Staff Members Present

Bob Christensen, Brian Conway, Bethany Berdes, Amy Arnold, Laura Ashlee, Mollie Olinyk, Ashleigh Czapek, Lindsay Ellis, Jessica Flores, Diane Tuinstra, Todd Walsh, Debra Ball Johnson, Scott Grammer, Amy Arnold, Scott M. Grammer, Kara Hart-Negrich, Michelle Wildman

Members of the Public Present

Christopher Wayler (WMU, Fountain of the Pioneers), Sharon R. Ferraro (City of Kalamazoo - WMU, Fountain of the Pioneers), Pam O’Connor (WMU, Fountain of the Pioneers), D. Vasnl, Ken Linguar (James and Lottie J. (Congdon) Quick House), Heather Dekorte (Portland High School), Diane Sheridan (Grand Haven Central Historic District), Steven Radtke (Grand Haven Central Historic District), Greg Rosine (WMU), Jan Van Der Kley (WMU), Bob Miller (WMU), Sue Osgood (Starkweather School), David Dakin (WMU), Gene Hopkins (Hopkins Burns, WMU - Lee Paper Company Mill Complex), Greg Jones (Hopkins Burns, WMU - Lee Paper Company Mill Complex), Bill Rutter (Grand Haven Central Historic District), Jackie Koney (Vicksburg - Lee Paper Company Mill Complex), Sue Mosel (Vicksburg - Lee Paper Company Mill Complex), John Kern (Vicksburg - Lee Paper Company Mill Complex), Cassandra Nelson (Pulver Brothers Filling Station), Dale Schrader (Pulver Brothers Filling Station), Kristine Kidorf (Weil & Co./Gabriel Richard Building).

Ligibel called the meeting to order at 10:00 a. m.

Approval of Agenda

Baker moved approval of the agenda

Bund supported the motion

Vote: 9-0

Approval of Minutes – January 15, 2016

Gyure moved approval of the minutes as amended

Radcliff supported the motion

Vote: 9-0

Staff Reports

Brian Conway, State Historic Preservation Officer

  • The SHPO had a very successful 14th Governor’s Awards Ceremony. Awards were given to:
    • Mackinac State Historic Parks for the ongoing archaeological investigation of Fort Michilimackinac City of Saint Joseph, Smay Trombley Architecture, Mihm Enterprises, the Lighthouse Forever Fund and the Citizens of St. Joseph for the rehabilitation of the Saint Joseph Lights, St. Joseph
    • Home Renewal Systems, Quinn Evans Architects and Wolverine Building Group for the rehabilitation of Fremont High School, Fremont
    • The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe; Central Michigan University Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; and the City of Mount Pleasant for the Indian Boarding School archaeological investigations, Mount Pleasant
    • City of Dearborn, Artspace, Neumann Smith Architecture, the Monahan Company, and the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority for the rehabilitation of Dearborn City Hall
    • Indian Village Historical Collections, City of Detroit, the Public Lighting Authority, DTE Energy, Offshore Spars, SS Stripping/CDS Performance Coatings, Corby Engineering Services, and Consulting Engineering Associates, Inc. for the Indian Village Historic Streetlight Rehabilitation Project.
  • House Bill 5232 was introduced to modify the Local Historic Districts Act. We have learned that Representative Chatfield, the Chair of the Local Governments’ Committee, has set the bill aside and it will not be considered for the foreseeable future. It is important to note that if you have not read the bill you should as it affects this board directly. One provision is to take the appeals process away from the Review Board and place it with the local government.
  • The SHPO GIS project has selected a contractor and we are currently in negotiations and hope to have the project under way by July 2016.
  • Through Lijewski and Letts’ efforts we have received a grant for $123,000 from the National Maritime Grant program from the National Park service. This allows us to supplement the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program that we operate with revenue from license plate sales. Through this joint effort we will be preparing Historic Structures Reports for offshore light stations which include Gull Rock Light Station, Manitou Island Light Station, Stannard Rock Light, and Thunder Bay Light Station. These are some of more challenging Light Stations to work on due to their locations. In addition we are funding one project with the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program for restoration work at South Pier Light at South Haven.
  • Tchorzynski’s efforts resulted in our received two grants, totaling $50,000, from the Cultural Resources Fund providing funding for preservation, public interpretation, and facility improvements for the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic Park in Sanilac County. This is a very significant site related to Native American occupation in Michigan and it is very important to have these funds going toward this fragile site.
  • Yann applied for and received a Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Grant for $5,000. We are partnering with the NPS to have an intern over the summer in order to catalog artifacts from Fayette.
  • The MHPN conference is May 11-14, 2016 in Detroit. Many SHPO Staff members will be speaking and attending the conference.
  • The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance Conference is May 15-17th in Traverse City and Conway will be attending.
  • The Docomomo (International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) will hold their annual conference June 9-12, 2016 in Detroit and Conway is the keynote speaker.
  • Detroit was designated as the first Design City by UNESCO.
  • Summer Dig Camp this summer for ages 8-14 will be in June and July. We do Dig Camp in partnership with the Michigan Historical Museum.
  • MacFarlane-Faes and Olinyk are organizing the Legacy Cities Conference in Detroit September 13-16, 2016. The Legacy Cities Conference will be held in partnership with Wayne State University. The conference will coincide with the Detroit Homecoming event.
  • The first of two Michigan Modern books to be produced by Gibbs Smith publishers is in the final stages of editing and is due out in September or October 2016.
  • SHPO will be moving into the MSHDA building’s second floor some time during the August-October 2016 period.

National Register Nominations

Site:  Grand Haven Central Historic District, Grand Haven, Ottawa County
Presented by:  William Rutter
Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded:  Jackson
Vote:  9-0
Criteria:  A and C
Level of Significance: Local

Steven Radtke and Diane Sheridan are here in support.

Site:  Grand Trunk Western Railroad Grand Haven Coal Tipple, Grand Haven, Ottawa County
Presented by:  William Rutter
Moved for Approval:  Gyure
Seconded:  Bund
Vote:  9-0
Criteria:  A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Steven Radtke and Diane Sheridan are here in support.

Site:  Western State Normal School Historic District (Additional Documentation), Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County
Presented by:  Gene Hopkins
Moved for Approval: Jackson moved to table the nomination until a field visit to the site can take place prior to the board reconvening at the September 2016 Review Board meeting.
Seconded: Bund
Vote: 6-3

The resolution to table the nomination pending a site inspection by the board followed substantial discussion by the board and many comments about the difficulty of evaluating the integrity of the district as it stands today in comparison to when it was first listed without more than just the information and illustrations presented.

Ligibel noted that Kalamazoo is a Certified Local Government (CLG), so that nominations for properties within the city are forwarded to it for review and comments by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and Mayor. Prior to the meeting the city’s historic preservation coordinator, Sharon Ferraro, provided comments and a copy of meeting minutes from the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission indicating disapproval of the nomination. Her cover letter indicated that Kalamazoo’s Mayor Hopewell did not chose to support the Preservation Commission’s disapproval but stated his view that “the history of the City of Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University are inextricably linked and that this request is significant enough to WMU, to Kalamazoo and to the public-at-large that it deserves to be heard and discussed at a public meeting” before the review board. Under the SHPO’s CLG agreement with the city, if the city’s commission and mayor are not in agreement on a nomination, the nomination can go forward to the review board.

Jan Van Der Kley, WMU, spoke in support of the nomination.

Christopher Wright, Chair of the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission, spoke in opposition to the nomination.

Sharon Ferraro, the City of Kalamazoo historic preservation coordinator, spoke in opposition to the nomination.

Greg Rosine, WMU, spoke in support of the nomination.

There is a letter of support from James Hettinger, Chair, of the WMU Board of Trustees.

Ligibel noted that a local resident, Rodger Parczyk, has previously petitioned SHPO to request delisting of the district and has followed up with several additional letters requesting action on his petition. Action on his petition has been held back pending the board’s consideration of this new nomination.

Site: Administration Building (Name Change from East Hall / Boundary Decrease / Additional Documentation), Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County
Presented by:  Gene Hopkins
Moved for Approval:  Baker moved to table the nomination until a field visit can take place prior to the board reconvening for its next Review Board meeting.
Seconded:  Bund
Vote:  9-0

Radcliff moved a “friendly amendment” to the previous motion to make clear that the intention is that the board would reconsider the nomination at the September 2016 Review Board meeting.
Second: Smith
Vote 9-0

Site: Lee Paper Company Mill Complex, Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County
Presented by: Gene Hopkins
Moved for Approval: Baker
Seconded: Smith
Vote: 9-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance: Local

Jackie Koney from Paper City Development is here in support.

Radcliff inquired to whether or not there were environmental issues and if they were being resolved. It was confirmed that there are issues and they are being resolved.

Site: Fountain of the Pioneers, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County
Presented by:  Pamela O'Connor
Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded:  Smith
Vote:  8-0, Braynon abstaining
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  National

Site: Weil and Company/Gabriel Richard Building, Detroit, Wayne County
Presented by:  Kristine Kidorf
Moved for Approval:  Smith
Seconded:  Baker
Vote:  9-0
Criterion: C
Level of Significance:  Local

Site: Starkweather School, Plymouth, Wayne County
Presented by: Sue Osgood & Tom Dowling
Moved for Approval: Jackson
Seconded: Gyure
Vote: 8-0, Smith abstaining
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance: Local

Site: Lincoln School, Owosso, Shiawassee County
Presented by:  Heather DeKorte
Moved for Approval:  Braynon
Seconded:  Bund
Vote:  9-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance:  Local

Site: Portland High School, Portland, Ionia County
Presented by:  Heather DeKorte
Moved for Approval:  Bund
Seconded:  Baker
Vote:  9-0
Criteria: A
Level of Significance:  Local

Site: James and Lottie J. (Congdon) Quick House, Gaylord, Otsego County
Presented by Kenneth Lingaur
Moved for Approval:  Rebain
Seconded:  Jackson
Vote:  9-0
Criteria: B and C
Level of Significance:  Local

There is a letter of support from the Mayor of the City of Gaylord.

Site: Pulver Brothers Filling Station, Lansing, Ingham County
Presented by Cassandra Nelson
Moved for Approval:  Radcliff
Seconded:  Gyure
Vote:  9-0
Criteria: C
Level of Significance:  Local

Dale Schrader, owner, spoke concerning the rehabilitation project.

Historic District Study Committee Reports – Amy Arnold

  • Education of Local Historic District Study Committees
    In view of the ongoing issues with poor quality study committee reports, the board at the last meeting requested SHPO to look into what could be done to improve the training of study committees on preparing these reports. Arnold noted that when it comes to educating study committees there is a “How to” manual online for Local Historic Districts that has been available since 2004. SHPO is going to review it and make revisions. Also, MHPN has two field reps that are the front line with communities so we are going to work with them and also try to add local historic district training back into the MHPN Annual Conference.
  • Education of Local Historic District Study Committees
    • B’nai David Cemetery Historic District, Detroit
    • Detroit City Airport/Coleman A. Young International Airport Historic District, Detroit
    • Elimination of Simmons House (22000 Haggerty) Historic District, Farmington Hills
    • St. Clair Inn Historic District, 500 North Riverside, St. Clair

The board had no additional comments.

Appeals/Annual Resolution – Kara Hart-Negrich

Aniszczyk v. City of Grand Rapids
Radcliff and other members stated that the appeal hearing transcript was difficult to follow and it and the Proposal for Decision did not provide information about the property and the city’s actions adequate for the board to make its own determination of the facts.
Moved: Gyure (with much discussion and friendly amendments by other members to reflect a consensus of the board members’ concerns) moved to remand the issue back to the Grand Rapids HDC for further fact-finding, the information to be gathered to include current photographs of the house and photographs and descriptive information on the state of the house at the time the district was created; information on the evaluation of the house’s integrity at the time the district was established and how and by whom this was determined and approved; the facts concerning the city’s notifications to the property owner (including to what address the city’s initial notification of the house being within the district, as noted in the hearing transcript, was sent, and whether the notice got returned to the city); and information on whether the Grand Rapids HDC has ever approved vinyl windows in the past in a residential building.
Seconded: Bund
Vote: 8-0, Baker abstaining

Baker left the meeting

Dates of Next Meeting(s)

September 23, 2016, January 13, 2017
Moved for Approval:  Smith
Seconded:  Jackson
Vote:  8-0

Adjournment

Jackson moved adjournment
Rebain supported the motion
Vote: 8-0
Meeting adjourned at 2:35 PM

Prepared by Bethany Berdes