HDC Closes Hearing on Fire Station Pending Updated Documents
Historic District Commission closed its public hearing on the proposed new Center Fire Station that is slated to be located within the district on Farmers Row, but they are still awaiting some updated documents from applicants including current building renderings and final Site Plan.
The Site Plan has undergone some changes, specifically to the retaining wall, as a result of removing at least 10 sugar maple trees on the southern side of the parcel, along the abutting property line. These trees cannot be saved as their root structure will be compromised during construction. With this change, HDC requested that height of the retaining wall be adjusted to a lower level.
Originally, the top of the retaining wall had a post and rail fence but that has been removed from the plan. This was designed to provide a buffer between property lines.
The issue of lighting along the 250-foot driveway appears to have been resolved with installation of conduit along the roadbed to minimize the lights. Lighting on the building, however, has already been approved by HDC.
Signage for the new Fire Station is proposed to be similar to that of the Public Safety Building sign and requires an application to the Sign Committee. Fire station applicants, however, will still have to return to HDC for a Certificate of Appropriateness for lighting for any signage that will be installed.
HDC will meet Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. to review the final Site Plan, and to discuss any conditions that would be attached to the granting of a permit.