Current Heritage Preservation Commission Minutes

 

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Loren Sundboom at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Loren Sundboom, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Ed Johnson, and Joe Metzen were in attendance.  Members Gabriela Roemhildt and Judy Douglas were absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitors present were Megan Willette, owner of Kaduce Properties, Jake Hesse of Hesse Insurance, and Jenny Kortuem Freier, owner of Go Therapy.

Approval of Agenda: 
A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to approve the meeting agenda as presented.   All voting in favor, the motion carried.

Election of Officers:  
A motion was made by Grams to nominate Borowy as Chairperson.  With a lack of a second, the motion died.  A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to nominate Sundboom as Chairperson.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried.

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to nominate Borowy as Vice - Chairperson.  All members voting aye the motion carried. 

Oath of Office
The Oath of Office was administered to new member Joe Metzen.

Approval of Minutes:
A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to approve the minutes of the October 25, 2016 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

Megan Willette (424 S MN) – Façade Design Review

Megan Willette, owner of 424 South Minnesota, has submitted a Façade Design Review request for HPC approval.  Willette has requested approval in order to allow her to undertake renovation of the Mulberry Street façade (south wall) of the structure. 

Wille stated that the building is not within the Saint Peter Commercial Historic District as established by the National Register of Historic Places but that it is located within the Heritage Preservation District as established by the Saint Peter City Council.

Willette’s proposed renovation includes installation of an additional window, altering the color of the synthetic stucco established on the western most portion of the south wall, and installation of courses of brick along the bottom 2 feet of the south wall to shed water away from the foundation.

Her planned renovation would result in tuck pointing the exposed brick on the remainder of the south wall of the building as well as replacement/patching of the mortar which replicates the existing color.

Johnson asked if it was possible to insert a door where the proposed window would be located.  Willette indicated that there was a door located here in the past but that the floor was raised at the time the door was removed, making it impossible to insert a door.

Grams asked if the building was handicap accessible.  Willette stated that the building was handicap accessible but that the doors were not electronically operable.  Grams asked if there was a phone number posted for customers to call if they were unable to open the door.  Willette said that the patron would need to call the person they intended to visit so they could open the door.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Sundboom to approve the request as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Hesse Insurance (424 South Minnesota) Sign Review

Hesse Insurance is leasing space at 424 South Minnesota and would like to install a sign on the

Mulberry Street facade of the structure.  Hesse has submitted a Sign Design Review for HPC approval. 

Hesse has proposed using a vinyl signboard with vinyl letters and appliques for the text of the sign.  He has also proposed the installation of new “goose neck’ light fixtures to illuminate his new sign. 

Wille stated that if the installation of the lighting is approved, the electrical service cannot be accomplished utilizing exposed electrical wiring or conduit visible from the exterior of the building.

Borowy suggested that the sign be centered over the small window that Willette is having installed.  Hesse will explore the recommendation.

Willette indicated that the window will not be installed until April.  Hesse did not want to wait until April because he is currently operating his business at this location and wanted exposure.

Jenny Kortuem Freier, Go! Therapy, will also be leasing space at 424 South Minnesota Avenue.  She has requested approval for a sign she would like to place on the vinyl portion, of the south side of the building near the entrance.  Freier has proposed to use vinyl signboard with vinyl letter and appliques for the text. 

Freier did not submit the application but did furnish a picture of the sign and the location it would be placed.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Johnson to approve the signs with the provision that Wille and Borowy review the placement of the signs before they are installed.  All in favor, the motion carried.

Building Good Communities (101 South Minnesota) – Sign/Awning Review

Building Good Communities is the new owner of 101 South Minnesota Avenue.  BGC has leased the property to Century 21 Atwood Realty and Atwood Property Management. The realtor is seeking HPC approval in order to install a new awning as well as well as vinyl applique signage established in the Minnesota Avenue facade windows.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the request as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Kasota Properties (212 South Minnesota) – Façade Design Review

Kasota Properties, LLC, owner of 212 South Minnesota, has submitted a Façade Renovation plan for review. They would like to undertake a considerable renovation of the historic structure.

Wille stated that 212 South Minnesota is within the St. Peter Commercial Historic District established by the National Register of Historic Places as well as located within the Heritage Preservation District established by the City Council.

Kristen Manthe of Coldwell Banker – Fisher Group, is the manager of the property and will be overseeing the proposed project.  Manthe explained that the intent of the project includes the installation of EIFS on the south side of building (beige in color), installation of new windows and lighting, and installation of awnings (a shade of green) above the windows on the front of the building.

Wille stated that if the project is approved, conduit will not be allowed to be exposed.

Wille asked the Commission if they were going to require H series windows, required for Federal Tax Credits, versus the E series.  Wille indicated that Kasota Properties would not be seeking tax credits.  The HPC felt that it would not be necessary to require the H series windows.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Grams to approve plans as submitted with the understanding the final efface and awning colors need to be reviewed by Wille and Borowy.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

La Mexicana Market – Awning

Wille stated that he has approved the awning for La Mexicana Market.  The awning will be yellow in color with rust colored text.

Reports: 

Wille stated that he will present a policy regarding vinyl signage with applique text at the next meeting for approval.  He indicated that the Minnesota State Historical Society does not feel this type of signage is historical in nature. 

Adjourn:
 
 With no further business, a motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Grams, to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:10 p.m.

   

 

 

 

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Special Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

The meeting was called to order by Loren Sundboom.  Commissioner’s Sundboom, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy,, Alyssa Auten, Ed Johnson and Judy Douglas were in attendance.  Member Warren Friesen was absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitors present were Logan Penland, Manager of McHammer’s and Ginny Eiongen, owner of Flower Orchard Massage. 

Oath of Office: The Oath of Office was administered to both Judy Douglas and Ed Johnson. 

Approval of Agenda:
A motion was made by Auten, seconded Douglas to approve the meeting agenda as presented.   All voting in favor, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes:

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Johnson to approve the minutes of the August 30, 2016 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

McHammer’s Bar (220 S. Minnesota Ave.) – Sign Review

Michael Carney operates McHammer’s located at 220 South Minnesota Avenue (leases the property from Willy Walter). 

Carney felt that the property lacks the signage necessary to adequately advertise the location of his business and services.  He has submitted an application in order to alter the existing signage and add a sign to the rear of the building.

Wille stated that an interior lit, projecting Miller Lite sign is displayed on the front façade.  Wille indicated that the sign is “grandfathered” in as the sign existed before the Heritage Preservation Ordinance.  He added that if the sign is removed or destroyed the sign cannot be replaced.

Carney is seeking the Commission’s approval to replace the existing Miller Lite advertisement and replace it with a new plastic face with the text “Hammer’s Bar” and “Est. 2016”.  The sign would utilize black letter on a white background.

Carney is also seeking approval to place a sign on the rear of the building under the existing light.

Wille stated that the Commission has authorized the change-out of plastic sign faces for box type interior lit signs in the past.  He recommended that the Commission authorize the sign alteration as well as the placement of a sign on the rear of the building.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Auten to approve the signage as presented.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried.

Flower Orchard Massage – Sign/Awning Review

Ginny Eiongen, owner of Flower Orchard Massage, has submitted an application in order to add signage to advertise the location of her new business. 

Eiongen is working with Capstone Creative to design a sign which would be attached to the existing awning.  The signage would be composed of two aluminum panels attached to the awning frame above the Sunbrella synthetic canvas materials.  The proposed aluminum panels would have a white finish with the text spelled out in vinyl lettering.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Auten to approve the sign contingent upon the approval of the building owner Dave Nieman.  All in favor, the motion carried.

Reports:

Wille reported that he spoke with David Bushaw regarding handicap accessibility into his building located at 401 South Minnesota.  Wille stated that Bushaw has not responded after their conversation.

Wille reported that the armory has been purchased.  He indicated that the new owners would like to turn the property into an event center and also purchase some of the surrounding properties.

Auten announced she will be resigning from the Commission in November as she will be relocating.

Adjourn:

With no further business before the Commission, Auten moved to adjourn, seconded by Borowy the meeting adjourned at approximately 5:55 p.m.

 

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

The meeting was called to order by Loren Sundboom at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Sundboom, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Alyssa Auten, and Ed Johnson were in attendance.  Members Warren Friesen, and Judy Douglas were absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitors present were Ali Sengul and  owner of Nicollet Café, Brian Paulson (ISG), Carter Person and Randy (3rd Street Tavern) and David Bushaw (owner of 401 South Minnesota).

Approval of Agenda:

A motion was made by Auten, seconded by Johnson to approve the meeting agenda as presented.   All voting in favor, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes:

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Auten to approve the minutes of the July 26, 2016 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

Nicollet Café Sign Review

Ali Sengul is the new owner of 402 South Third Street.  Sengul intends to open the Nicollet Café and is interested in replacing the current signage.

The proposed signage would consist of a vinyl applique applied to a traditional corrugated sign board.  The sign would have the appearance of being painted. The existing goose neck lighting will be used.

A motion was made by Auten, seconded by Sundboom to approve the installation of the sign as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

3rd Street Tavern (Konsbruck Hotel) – Façade Design Review

The property located at 408 South Third Street has been sold to Mankato Originals.  The new owners intend to rebrand the St. Peter operations as “3rd Street Tavern”. 

The owners have proposed that the three existing awnings on South Third Street be removed and replaced by a single awning centered above the main entrance to the restaurant.  The “3rd Street Tavern” logo will be depicted on the awning. 

The new owners would also like to replace the wood lattice fencing with an appropriate iron and gate.  

They would like to add accent lighting (low profile LED lighting) to the rooftop “Konsbruck Hotel” signage lighting.  New gooseneck lighting is proposed above the center awning and other windows on the front façade.  Fixtures would match the existing gooseneck lighting.  

Wille stated that the most significant alteration would be the installation of new signage on the northeast corner of the second floor of the 3rd Street façade.   Wille explained that the signage would utilize exposed light bulbs reminiscent of the “marquee” type signage regularly utilized during the period in which the Konsbruck Hotel was originally constructed.  

Wille recommended that the proposed alterations and signage be approved as they are consistent with the era in which the building was constructed.  

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Auten to approve the plans as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

211 Nassau (2 Green Owls) Façade Design Review 

Brandi Jindra is purchasing 211 West Nassau and would like to open a retail sales operation following the renovation of the storefront.  Wille stated the property is located within the Heritage Preservation District but is not within the St. Peter Commercial Historic District created by the National Register of Historic Places.  

Ms. Jindra has planned for a comprehensive remodeling and rehabilitation of the commercial structure.  She is seeking HPC approval of the installation of vinyl, “charcoal” colored siding upon the Nassau Street and alley exterior walls.  She proposed to add a 71” X 29” window to the rear wall and to finish the remaining portion of the rear wall to match the leather goods store to the east. 

Also proposed was the installation of a new storefront display window which consists of a 3 panel window system.  In addition she has proposed the installation of a new recessed, glass panel front door.  

Wille stated that the applicant is seeking HPC approval to install a black canvas awning above the display window and door facing Nassau.  Wille said that the final graphics are being determined and a rendering of the awning text will be provided and reviewed at the September meeting of HPC.  

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Auten to approve what has been submitted and to have Wille guide them through the facade improvements.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried.

401 South Minnesota (Thrift Store) Exterior Paint

Dave and Tressa Bushaw own the property located at 401 and 403 South Minnesota Avenue. Bushaw’s are seeking HPC approval in order to paint the east and south wall of the exterior of their property.

Wille explained that during period of rain, water filtrates into the basement.  The drainage of the lot is deficient and the water is pooling around the perimeter of the historic building.  In order to remedy the matter, the Bushaw’s will be making repairs to the property to properly maintain and preserve this historic asset. 

The cracked ground level concrete around the perimeter of the building will be removed and replaced as a repair.  The replacement concrete will be identical in color and installation.  Wille indicated that he has authorized the repair as terms of the ordinance.

The Bushaw’s also intend to remove, regrade and replace the asphalt parking in the rear of the building.  Wille stated that this improvement does not need HPC or Community Development approval as it would not impact or alter the historic building.  Wille indicated that an excavation permit would need to be applied for.

Bushaw’s have contracted with Johnson Building Restoration to complete the tuck pointing on the west, north and east brick facades.  The replacement mortar will match the finished color of the existing mortar.  Wille also has authorized the tuck pointing repair.

The owners have begun to paint the east and south walls of the exterior of the building prior to HPC approval.  Wille recommended that the “dark ash” color be approved, as it would be acceptable and enhances the appearance of the exterior walls.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Auten to approve the motion.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Grams asked if the Bushaw’s would be asking for an EDQA loan for the repair of the parking lot and tuck pointing.  Wille indicated they are not.

Grams pointed out that the building is not handicap accessible and asked Wille to contact Bushaw’s and encourage them to alter the entrance.  He also wanted Wille to mention there are EDA funds available for this type of project.

Wille stated he would contact the Bushaw’s.

Reports:

MNDOT is nearing the completion of the Broadway Avenue streetscape plan.  Wille stated that a meeting has been setup for September 15, 2016 with the owners of the property along Broadway Avenue east of Hwy 169 and the owners of the property in the 100 block of South Front Street.

O’Reilly Auto Parts will be opening soon.

The 4 Seasons Mall is for sale.

Wille is working with the owner of Le Mexicana on their awning.  He indicated that there is a financial issue.

The new owners of the old armory are interested in renovating the property into an event center.

Adjourn:

With no further business before the Commission, Borowy moved to adjourn, seconded by Auten, the meeting adjourned at approximately 6:10 p.m.

 

 

 

 CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room


The meeting was called to order by Loren Sundboom at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Sundboom, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, and Alyssa Auten were in attendance.  Member Warren Friesen, Ed Johnson, and Judy Douglas were absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitor present was Adan Hussein, owner of Adan’s Used Cars/African Market (429 South Minnesota).

Approval of Agenda:

A motion was made by Auten, seconded by Borowy to approve the meeting agenda as presented.   All voting in favor, the motion carried.

Election of Officers:  A motion was made by Auten, seconded by Borowy to elect Sundboom as Chairperson.  All members voting aye the motion carried.  A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to elect Auten as Vice Chairperson.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes:

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Auten to approve the minutes of the November 24, 2015 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

Adan’s Used Cars/African Market (Signage Correction):

Wille stated that Adan Hussein leases the Carnegie Library building at 429 South Minnesota Avenue.  He operates his office for Adan’s Used Cars and the African Market retail stores from this site.

Adan had installed the Adan’s Used Cars signage upon the poles that are in the yard abutting the Minnesota Avenue right-of-way.  The HPC approved the sign after it had been erected with the contingencies that the hours of operation and phone number be removed from the sign text.

Wille stated that when the African Market opened, Hussein installed the market sign on the building façade facing Minnesota Avenue.  At that time he also relocated the used car signage to the façade.  Wille said that the signage obscures the window opening and the signage was not approved by the HPC.

Wille said that after discussion with Hussein, Hussein proposed to relocate the two sings on the façade so that the window opening was not covered by the signage. Wille stated that due to the nature of the building construction, there is not a space upon the façade to display signage.

Wille recommended that the signage be placed on the wooden posts or the large t-shaped pole that were constructed for signs.  He said that the phone numbers and days of operation must be removed from the signs.


A motion was made by Auten, seconded by Borowy to approve the installation of the signs on the pole, require removal of the phone number and days of the week on the signs and to provide a 90 day extension to allow Hussein to purchase additional signs.   All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Reports:

The Four Seasons Mall is seeking complete renovation of the façade.

The new leather store, Raven Wood has re-opened.

Interior work is being done at Mom and Pop’s.

Adjourn:

With no further business before the Commission, Auten moved to adjourn, seconded by Borowy, the meeting adjourned at approximately 5:46 p.m.