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Several proposals presented dealing with historic district

Published March 07. 2012 05:01PM

Monday night's HARC meeting in Tamaqua dealt with several proposals concerning properties within the borough's historic district. Two property owners made courtesy presentations, as neither project actually required any type of permit or HARC action.

Larry Frederick, owner of Freddy's Pub at the Five Points intersection, is in the planning stage of a process that will result in an additional business operation at his property. Frederick displayed sketches of a window change he made on the Railroad Street side of the property. One of the windows has been changed to a sliding type window, using the existing window opening. The change was made to accommodate plans to open a "walk up" ice cream/water ice business in the future.

Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer James Barron explained that Frederick's plan did not need HARC approval, but would need Department of Health approval for a business dealing with food. "Freddy" noted he was at the meeting "looking for guidance," which the board was happy to supply.

Dave Frederick, local contractor, spoke of his plans to repair/replace a porch roof at 247 E. Broad St. Since there will be no structural or size changes, no permit is required for the work.

The board also was informed of a plan to occasionally hang a banner over the doorway at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Mauch Chunk Street. No action was required.

Willard Gerber, 650 Arlington St., presented a plan to construct a garage to the rear of his property, fronting Mountain Avenue. The structure will be built on an existing concrete foundation, featuring a wooden frame, shingle roof and vinyl siding. Board members were satisfied with Gerber's answers to questions pertaining to water run off, drainage and a firewall that will be constructed on the side that abuts another garage.

The board voted unanimously to recommend a certificate of appropriateness be granted for the construction.

Rosario Longo, owner of Luigi's Pizza at 120 E. Broad St. requested a permit to install a new sign at the pizzeria. The sign will be 24 inches by 36 inches, styled similarly to one approved for a neighboring business.

Barron noted the proposed sign "meets all standards and requirements." Chairman Dale Freudenberg remarked "The sign is very attractive and non-illuminated. We should recommend this to council."

The motion to approve the recommendation was passed unanimously.

Sean Hegarty of 123 W. Broad St. was seeking approval to place five new, garage style doors, on a building to the rear of 115-117 W. Rowe St. The doors would front Hegarty Avenue. That area of the building is currently covered with stucco. Hegarty explained the doorways would be cut out, then the ground floor of the building would be re-stuccoed for uniformity.

Hegarty also proposed moving an interior metal stairway to the exterior and wants to replace a roof over an existing deck.

The board unanimously passed recommending a certificate of appropriateness.

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