Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting Minutes, September 19, 2014

PROPOSED
Minutes of The

State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting

September 19, 2014, 10:00 A.M.
Fourth Floor Boardroom, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
735 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan

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

Board Members Present
Rhonda Baker, Lynn Evans, Dale Gyure, Richard Harms, Misty Jackson, Elisabeth Knibbe, Ted, Ligibel, Jennifer Radcliff

Board Members Absent 
Ron Staley

Staff Members Present
Bob Christensen, Brian Conway, Martha MacFarlane-Faes, Bethany Berdes, Stefanie Bozinoski, Jessica Flores, Chelsea Sturza, Stacy Tchorzynski, Amy Arnold, Joelle Letts, Debra Ball Johnson, Amy Arnold, Todd Walsh

Members of the Public Present
Shannon Martin (Mt. Pleasant Downtown HD), Willie Woods (Spiritual Israel Church), Judy Buck (Springwells Park), Cynthia Balkowski (Springwells Park), Gary Brifen (Elaine Bldg.), Ethelen Novnon (Spiritual Israel Church), Edward Doltan (Spiritual Israel Church), Iris Washington (Spiritual Israel Church), Benita C. Hicks (Spiritual Israel Church), Kimberly Pria (Spiritual Israel Church), Esther R. McCallowy (Spiritual Israel Church), Theresa Warren (Spiritual Israel Church), Nathan Warren (Spiritual Israel Church),Odell Goldmar (Mt. Pleasant Downtown HD), Michelle Sponseller (Mt. Pleasant Downtown HD), T. Boscarino (King Solomon), M. Webb (King Solomon), James Peltier (Wing-Allore House), Wayne Lusardi (Shipwreck Nominations), Megan Gilbert (Mt. Pleasant Downtown HD), Evelyn and Tom Mudd (Saginaw Fairground Gate), Tom Webb (Saginaw Fairground Gate), Nan Taylor (St. Louis Downtown HD), Chris Tavern (Saginaw Fairground Gate), Ryan Schumaker (Walter French Jr. High School), Ruth Mills (Mt. Pleasant Downtown HD), Pat Ligibel (Everything), Gary and SueAnn Schitzler (Cartier House), Elder Hawthorne, Charleston Smith, Rev. Gloria Davis, Bobby Davis (Spiritual Israel Church), Greg Nowak (GPYC), Arthur Simon, Rev. David Hittar Sr. (Spiritual Israel Church), Kristine Kidorf (Elaine Bldg./Springwells Park), Lavern Holloway (King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church), Alma G. Tate (King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church), Joseph Tate, Nina Kinkle (King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church), Robert Kinkle (King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church), Wanda Latham (Spiritual Israel Church), Adrienne Turner (Spiritual Israel Church)

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

Approval of Agenda
Radcliff moved approval of agenda.
Ligibel supported the motion.
Vote: 7-0

Approval of Minutes
Evans moved approval of the minutes, as amended.
Gyure supported the motion.
Vote: 7-0

10:06 - Elisabeth Knibbe arrived

Staff Reports

  • Brian Conway, State Historic Preservation Officer
    • There is a new Michigan Heritage Restoration Program in conjunction with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  There is $600,000 grant to neighborhood organizations that are non-profit 501c3 organizations.  The SHPO is holding a public meeting on October 2, 2014 to explain the criteria for the grant.
    • Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival in Alpena supports our own program and the sale of state license plates
    • MEDC in conjunction with the Governor’s office has issued an RFP for a redevelopment plan for Fort Wayne.
    • The SHPO is involved in a Jefferson-Chalmers Demonstration Project.  It is to take a look at a historic neighborhood that has reached a tipping point.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation is looking at the project and possibly designating the neighborhood as one of their National Treasures.
    • Legacy Cities Conference was in Cleveland and it focused on problems that legacy cities face.  They have reached out to the Michigan SHPO to hold a similar conference in Detroit next year.
    • RFPs have been put out for National Register Nominations for Blissfield, Grand Haven, and Hart.
    • Michigan Modern was a great success at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM).  The Symposium was held at Kendall College of Art and Design.  There were two scouts from Palm Springs.  They have a Modernism Week conference that attracts people from all over the world.  They had over 45,000 participants last year.  They were so impressed that they invited the Michigan SHPO to go to Palm Springs in February 2015 to highlight Michigan Modern for an entire day.
    • We have regained the items that we own from the Michigan Modern Symposiums and have been looking at possibly having a smaller exhibit somewhere else in the future.
    • The MHPN Conference for 2015 will be in Midland and an extra day has been added for Michigan Modern. This will include a day of tours of some of the churches and some of the homes and an in-depth tour of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio.  There will also be a day long session of scholarly papers on that Saturday.
    • Quinn Evans is under contract for thematic studies of Detroit apartment buildings and bank buildings.  It is a two year contract
  • Stacy Tchorzynski, Archaeologist
    • Saturday October 18, 2014 is Archaeology Day. We had over 700 participants last year.
    • This year’s Archaeology Awareness poster features the Pewabic.

National Register Nominations

Site: Mt. Pleasant Downtown Historic District, Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County
Presented by: Ruth Mills
Moved for Approval: Knibbe
Seconded: Baker
Vote: 8-0
Criteria: A, B and C, with consideration G
Level of Significance: Local

We received a resolution from city council supporting the nomination.

Knibbe thinks an additional paragraph needs to be added to the intro to the Inventory to explain that some of the buildings listed as non-contributing potentially could be re-evaluated as contributing if non-contributing modern skins were removed.

Site:  St. Louis Downtown Historic District, St. Louis, Gratiot County
Presented by:  Nan Taylor
Moved for Approval: Radcliff
Seconded: Evans
Vote:  8-0
Criteria:  A, B and C
Level of Significance:  Local

John and Tammy Deniston provided a letter of support for the nomination.

Site:  Springwells Park Historic District, Dearborn, Wayne County
Presented by:  Kristine Kidorf
Moved for Approval: Ligibel
Seconded:  Gyure
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A, B and C
Level of Significance:  Local

It was noted that restrictive covenants on side lots, garages, parking spaces, etc., remain in effect. Cynthia Poll, president of the Springwells neighborhood association, notes that covenants are still in place today and that they have a Restrictions Committee that looks at all interior and exterior upgrades and/or changes.

Site:  Peoples National Bank Building, Jackson, Jackson County
Presented by:  Kristine Kidorf
Moved for Approval: Evans
Seconded: Knibbe
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance: Local

Site:  Walter H. French Junior High School, Lansing, Ingham County
Presented by:  Ryan Schumaker
Moved for Approval: Radcliff
Seconded:  Jackson
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance: Local

It was noted that the building will become rental apartment and the gymnasium portion will be mothballed until uses are identified.

Site:  Temple Baptist Church/King Solomon Baptist Church, Detroit, Wayne County
Presented by:  Tim Boscarino
Moved for Approval: Knibbe
Seconded:  Ligibel
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A, B and C, with consideration A
Level of Significance: National 

Site:  Amity Lodge No. 335 Temple/Spiritual Israel Church and Its Army Temple, Detroit, Wayne County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval: Knibbe
Seconded:  Radcliff
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C, with consideration A
Level of Significance: Local

Christensen presented the nomination under criterion A but requested the Board to consider whether to nominate the building under C as well even though we don’t know who designed the building or have many other IOOF temples in Detroit with which to compare it. The board felt that the building retains great integrity except for the windows that it is eligible under criterion C.

There was one support letter from Iris Washington, a member of church since 1973, and two additional letters from Sister Maggie Bussey and Jewel Jones in support of the nomination.

Site:  Morgan West Wheatland Cemetery, Wheatland Township, Mecosta County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval: Evans
Seconded:  Baker
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A, with consideration D
Level of Significance: Local

Site:  Warren A. and Catherine (Dempsey) Cartier House, Ludington, Mason County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval: Jackson
Seconded:  Radcliff
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: B and C
Level of Significance: Local

Site:  Saginaw County Fairgrounds Main Gate, Saginaw, Saginaw County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval: Ligibel
Seconded:  Evans
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance: Local

The board approved the nomination subject to revising the boundary description to expand the area nominated to provide a greater buffer for any new development on the former fairgrounds property.

Site:  Wing-Allore House, Monroe, Monroe County
Presented by:  Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval: Ligibel
Seconded:  Gyure
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and B
Level of Significance: State

Site:  Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Shores, Wayne County
Presented by:  Todd Walsh
Moved for Approval: Radcliff
Seconded:  Knibbe
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance: Local

The board approved the nomination subject to the boundary description being revised to include the full legal descriptions of the parcels.

Site:  Etruria Shipwreck Site, Presque Isle Township, Presque Isle County
Presented by:  Wayne Lusardi
Moved for Approval: Evans
Seconded:  Gyure
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: D
Level of Significance: State 

Site:  Schooner M. F. Merrick Shipwreck Site, Presque Isle Township, Presque Isle County
Presented by:  Wayne Lusardi
Moved for Approval: Evans
Seconded:  Baker
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: B and D
Level of Significance: State

Christensen will look into whether exception C should be checked.

Site:  Pewabic Shipwreck Site, Alpena Township, Alpena County
Presented by:  Wayne Lusardi
Moved for Approval: Radcliff
Seconded:  Jackson
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A, C and D
Level of Significance: National 

Christensen will look into whether exception C should be checked. 

Site:  Schooner Kyle Spangler Shipwreck Site, Presque Isle Township, Presque Isle County
Presented by:  Wayne Lusardi
Moved for Approval: Jackson
Seconded:  Evans
Vote:  8-0
Criteria: A, C and D
Level of Significance: Local 

Historic District Study Committee Reports - Amy Arnold
De-listing of The First Historic District, New Baltimore, at 36240 Twenty Four Mile Road. The structure was demolished five years ago. The board had no additional comments.

Appeals/Annual Resolution - Scott Grammer 
N/A

Miscellaneous
N/A

Dates of Next Meeting 
January 16, 2015

Adjournment
Radcliff moved adjournment
Jackson supported the motion
Vote 8-0

Meeting adjourned at 1:46 p. m.

Prepared by Bethany Berdes