Two Danville commissions on Tuesday are set to review a proposal from landowners to construct additions and make facade improvements on their Hartz Avenue retail building that is listed among the town's historically significant resources.
The project calls for permission to build a 1,721-square-foot addition on the second floor, a 195-square-foot rear deck, a 45-square-foot addition to the rear ground floor and a 35-square-foot trash room at the existing building at 375 Hartz Ave., formerly home to Rick's Picks furniture and gift store.
The development plan also seeks facade improvements in the spirit of 1920s-era appearance on the front of the building, which is next door to Elliot's bar. The proposal would also require variances from town rules regarding floor area ratio and setback along the Clock Tower Municipal Parking Lot frontage.
"The property is on the 'Survey of Historically Significant Resources' and is proposed to be developed to be consistent with the design and development guidelines contained within the town's 'Design Guidelines for Heritage Resources' to assure the structure retains its historical integrity," town assistant planner Zoe Merideth said in a staff report.
Merideth's report comes ahead of a joint meeting between Danville's Planning Commission and Heritage Resource Commission about the project. The public discussion is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.
Town planning officials recommend approval of the development proposal.
Merideth said they also endorse a proposed historic preservation incentive package for the project that supports and encourages the restoration and that is similar to packages approved for other historic properties in town -- including 345 Hartz Ave., which also included a rear addition.
The incentive package includes waiving certain fees, placing a "Designated Heritage Resource" plaque on the building and adding the property to all marketing plans and public information materials issued by the town related to historic preservation.
The Planning Commission will be asked to consider a resolution urging the Heritage Resource Commission to approve the proposal.
The Heritage Resource Commission will be asked to approve the development plan and variance requests and recommend the Town Council approve the historic preservation incentive package.
The building at 375 Hartz Ave., owned by John and Sharon DeSousa, is zoned as downtown business district area one, old town retail and it's land-use is as a commercial building.