08/08/07 — Historic Commission OKs renovation for apartments

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Historic Commission OKs renovation for apartments

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on August 8, 2007 1:45 PM

The Goldsboro Historic District Commission issued a certificate of appropriateness for Chuck Allen to proceed with restoring a building downtown for apartments.

Restoration of the 13,000 square-foot building on South James Street between Walnut and Chestnut will include replacing windows, extensive painting, a new gutter and down-spout and new doors.

The Historic District Commission issued the certificate of appropriateness based on the new front windows being made out of wood rather than the architect's recommendation of using aluminum and plastic.

The main entrance on the front of the building will lead to a retail and office space, and the entrance to the apartments will be on the left side of that door.

In other action, the commission voted to deny a request by Goshen Medical Center for a certificate of appropriateness to install a sign on a building on the southwest corner of West Ash Street ant North James because the proposed sign would be made of PVC. The commission gave the city Planning Department authority to issue the certificate if Goshen provides an alternate plan using an approved material such as wood or metal.

The commission voted to go on record saying a sign First Citizens Bank plans to install as a replacement at 200 E. Ash St. does not meet the guidelines, but it issued a certificate of appropriateness any way. Commission members said the only change is going to be the colors on the sign. The existing sign had been approved years ago, even though the appropriate materials were not used to make it.

The rules may be changing. Commission members will be serving on a subcommittee with the Downtown Goldsboro Development Committee to review the rules about materials that can be used on signs in the district.