2018-08-23 / Around Town

HDC Approves Boys & Girls Club Expansion

By James Merolla

The Historic District Commission unanimously approved a plan for a second-floor addition for The Boys & Girls Club at Church Street at its Aug. 21 meeting. The expansion will add two classroom spaces for an expanded teen center.

“We know what the Boys & Girls Club have done here,” said architect Spencer McCombe, who represented the project. “To their credit, they have a real influx of children who come here. They [the club] is growing in size, and this is a major centerpiece for them. This is [their] first attempt to expand beyond the footprint [of their building].”

McCombe said the simplest and most economical way to expand the building was connecting the existing beams from one area to another.

“This gives them much needed space in a very tight site,” he said. “This seems to be a very good spot to put an additional two program rooms on. It’s really a process of connecting the dots between the two [beams in place].”

The application made sense for its purpose and use, said board member Karl Bjork. The plans must be completed within a year.

The commission narrowly approved the petition of Kate Bradford, 49 Catherine St., for permission to construct a garage and small addition, after some major architectural adjustments. The vote was 4-3, with Chair Diana Sylvaria, who opposed it, saying the plan did not preserve the character of the original structure.

The commission also approved the following plans:

. Church Hill Condo Association, 109 Church St., for permission to remove the three-tab asphalt shingles on the mansard roof and replace them with GAF architectural shingles.

. William Hallowell, 11 Berkley Ave., for permission to construct a one-car garage addition to the west side of the guest cottage and replace the window with a French door.

. White Wall, LLC, 35 Prairie Ave., for permission to construct a single-family residence, approved at a “staff” level, with more plan information needed, just as a contingency.

. Maria Van Munching, 198 Coggeshall Ave., for permission to construct a 10-by-10-foot shed.

The commission did not approve the following petitions:

. Kathleen Conover, 18 Mt. Vernon St., for permission to construct a porch and deck on the rear of the house. Sylvaria and board member Howard Elliott did not approve of the second deck, while board member Patrick Dolat did not approve of the railing that was in the plans. It was referred to a Sept. 27 Design Review to make it compatible with the district’s standards.

Applications continued to Sept. 18 were:

. Patricia Ludwig, 65 Third St., for permission to replace two vinyl windows on the south elevation, construct a second-floor addition, add windows and doors to the south, east and north elevations, and other changes. The application was continued so that McCombe can make modifications and resubmit it.

. Dee Gordon, LLC, and Richard Gordon, LLC, both on Bridge Street, for permission to construct a single-family home on each of two lots.

. 96 R.I. Realty, 96 Rhode Island Ave., for permission to demolish the secondary structure and construct a two-unit home.

. Alfonso E. and Sara D. Sierra, Seaview Avenue, for permission to construct a gambrel style single family home. The application was sent to Design Review to form a smaller size house.

. James Coleman, 22 Franklin St., for permission to remove stone stairs and install granite stairs along with a metal railing.

. Michael Nahill, 17 High St., for permission to construct a single family residence with a single car garage, with the condition that the applicant add enhanced details.

. Dan McNaughton, 158 Narragansett Ave., for permission to replace windows. The board insisted on a site visit with staff before a vote was taken.

The application of Bento Castro, 10½ Maitland Court, for permission to replace window units, was dismissed.

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