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Approved Jul 14, 2009 - Navarre Area Architectural Review Board Minutes

July 14, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 3:04 p.m. with the following members and staff present:
· Mr. Greg Fountain, Chairman
· Mr. Gaius Bruce, Vice-Chairman
· Ms. Shirley Brown, Committee Member
· Ms. Joanne Connor, Committee Member
· Ms. Sarah Hernandez, Committee Advisor
· Ms. Leslie Statler, Planner I, Staff to the Committee
· Ms. Wendy Wadsworth, Staff to the Committee

Absent:
· Mr. Ken Walters, Committee Member
· Mr. Sharon Bryant, Committee Member

Mr. Greg Fountain opened the meeting by asking if there was discussion of the minutes from the June 9, 2009 meeting. Ms. Shirley Brown moved to approve the minutes. Ms. Joanne Connor seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimously for approval.

The Board then moved on to consider the first item on the agenda.

Mr. Fountain introduced the first case, Dollar Tree Store #A12658 Anchor Signs, Inc. (2009-NAARB-013). Mr. Russ Walter of Anchor Signs, Inc. was in attendance to present the project. Mr. Fountain discussed color samples provided by the applicant and asked if the colors were Dollar Tree’s logo. Mr. Walter indicated that the colors were Dollar Tree’s logo colors. Ms. Connor asked if the sign was illuminated; Mr. Walter stated that it would be. Mr. Fountain asked if sign illumination was allowed in the Heart of Navarre district. Ms. Statler indicated that it was allowed. Ms. Connor asked if the street sign was going to be illuminated or opaque. The applicant indicated that it would be opaque. Mr. Bruce said that he sees nothing wrong with the request and made a motion to approve the request. Ms. Brown seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimously for approval.

Mr. Fountain introduced the second case, Navarre Family Eye Care (2009-NAARB-014). Mr. George Koper of George Koper Associates, P.A. was in attendance to present the project. Ms. Connor asked if this was located next to the post office and Mr. Koper indicated that it was. Ms. Connor stated that it didn’t meet approved styles. Mr. Koper asked about the detail that the project lacked. Ms. Hernandez explained that masonry vernacular has a more historic look rather than a modern strip mall. Mr. Koper asked for some suggestions from the Board. Mr. Fountain liked the brick and said his concern was the stucco; that it looks too commercial and it needs more details. Ms. Connor asked about the stucco colors and Mr. Koper said that the base color and upper color would be different. Mr. Koper said that the stucco base could be scored to look like stone; adding decorative medallions and coping to all five stucco fronts. Mr. Fountain said that would help a lot. Ms. Hernandez cautioned not to give it a Mediterranean feel. Mr. Bruce made a motion to approve the project as presented with the following modifications: all 5 stucco shall have (1) a base of a different color, scored to look like stone; (2) coping, (3) decorative
cornices; (4) medallions; and the project should not lend itself to a Mediterranean style. Ms. Brown seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimously for approval.

Ms. Statler then began the discussion about Planning Department matters. Ms. Statler discussed with the current Board on the status of the membership. Mr. Fountain asked about the “Boondocks” project. Ms. Statler advised the Board that NAARB will have the opportunity to review the signage and possibly the exterior color options for the project at a later date.

Ms. Hernandez advised the Board that she will not be attending the August meeting.

Mr. Fountain asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Walter made a motion to adjourn; Ms. Connor seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Minutes approved by the Board on August 11, 2009