[CORRECTION] Historic Property Commission: The property owner should be fined for demolishing the old barn.

475 Danbury Rd. from the street (Google maps screenshot)

The Historic Districts and Historic Properties Commission (HDPC) they met for a short meeting Tuesday, June 7th, the last regular meeting of the group before the fall. Throughout the summer, the Commission will convene a special meeting to address urgent issues.

475 Danbury Rd.

Allison Sanders chair he opened the agenda by informing his commissioners of the unauthorized removal of an old barn. 475 Danbury Rd. Sanders said he was informed of the barn’s sudden absence and warned Department of Construction that a fine should be imposed.

UPDATE / CORRECTION, 10:30 a.m. – 475 Danbury Rd buildings and property. They are owned by Search Services LLC, according to land records. Dermage Spa is the current business owner of the location and not the owner of the property. David Tortorelli, The owner of Dermage Spa said neither he nor the company were involved in the decision to remove the structure.

The Department of Construction has issued a letter to the homeowner stating that a demolition permit was required before work could begin. The process now requires the owner to apply for the demolition permit in retrospect. Although city regulations technically allow for a one-year prison sentence for removing a historic structure without a demolition permit, Sanders believed the fine would be more likely and more appropriate.

“I’ve never heard of the Department of Construction imposing jail time,” Sanders said. “But we hope they will get the maximum fine allowed.” The maximum penalty for a violation of this type is $ 500.

Historical Resource Inventory Survey

The Committee then discussed the updates and the next steps on a topic first presented at the previous April meeting. Commissioner Gil Weatherly He noted that some of the modern houses, farmhouses, capes, farmhouses, and French-style country houses of the mid-twentieth century can be included in the historical record. 89 Middlebrook Farm Rd. as a home that can be particularly significant.

He was in charge of contacting Weatherly State Historic Conservation Office (SHPO) to ask if there would be any grants to study this time period of architecture. He really listened Mary DunneThe State’s Deputy Minister of Historic Conservation and Local Government Certification and Grant Coordinator at SHPO described the idea as “interesting”.

He has called on the people to apply for a maximum grant of $ 30,000 to study these resources. Weatherly proposed to discuss whether the Commission should follow this up, or perhaps the Wilton Historical Society could be better off.

Sanders, who has been a co-director for the past five years Wilton Historical Society, suggested that the transition of the organization’s current staff may make it difficult to carry out a project of this size at this time. Last week, the Historical Society reported on Sanders and co-director Kim Mellin the term would end, effective Friday, June 3rd. The couple will celebrate their years of service at the annual meeting of the Wilton Historical Society on Tuesday, June 21st.

Whether or not the Commission itself should receive an equivalent grant for a 1940-1970 household survey, Sanders proposed to wait until the Commission’s request. Local Government Certificate (CLG) the situation is fortunately accepted. This SHPO-led program promotes local, state, and federal cooperation that promotes historic conservation at the grassroots level. CLGs are able to apply for a wider range of grants than non-certified entities. The HDPC applied for the certificate earlier this year and hopes to accept it.

Weatherly agreed that the project should not be accelerated, adding that perhaps in a few months, the Historical Society would be able to complete the staff and take the lead.

Before proceeding, Sanders noted that the Commission had received a letter from a neighbor stating its support for the 1940-1970 survey. The letter will be published shortly by the Commission.

Monitoring of Infrastructure Repair Projects

On one final issue, Sanders briefed the Commission on updates to major public projects with historical implications. Share the content of an annex on infrastructure priorities given at its meeting on Monday, June 6th Selection Committee (BOS).

“We are concerned about the proper management of the ongoing historical appearance of these properties and their continued presence in the landscape,” Sanders explained.

He noted that $ 250,000 has been allocated to replace the missing column. Wilton Town hallbut that it is renewal Yellow House on the Ambler Farm it hasn’t been the green light yet. BOS Ambler Farm expects a presentation in the coming days June 20 will discuss the possibility of linking the meeting and the project. The cost of the current repairs is $ 475,000.

“It’s progress though it feels slow,” he said Curator Lori FuscoBefore asking if the CLG designation could also open up similar grants to help support the cost of the Yellow House project.

“We’re going to have to look into it,” Sanders said. “But in my experience, there aren’t a lot of grants to help with repair or construction costs, and they’re hard to get.”

Looking forward

Next scheduled meeting Committee on Historic Districts and Historic Properties it is planned for this purpose Tuesday, September 6th.

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