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Roof approved for historic store

By Staff | Sep 26, 2013

JIM LINETTE The historic Bailey's General Store in the Historical Museum & Village will be getting a new metal roof as approved by Sanibel Planning Commission at Tuesday's public hearing.

Bailey’s General Store, the registered historic landmark that sits in the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village on Dunlop Road, will be getting a new roof with the Planning Commission’s approval Tuesday at a public hearing on the Certificate of Appropriateness request.

While the project has the blessing of the Historical Preservation Committee and city staff, the addition of a layer of insulation under the proposed 5V, 26-gauge crimp metal panel roof system sparked a brief discussion. The building currently has a combination of metal and wood shake roofing material.

The insulating layer is proposed to help reduce the internal temperature of the non-air conditioned structure.

“This brings up an interesting dilemma,” said commissioner Chuck Ketteman. “It’s an old building built before the current codes. We want to try to keep it an old building. Now when it needs a new roof put on they are required to adhere to the current code. A purist would say it’s no longer historic. How far can it go?”

The Planning Department report supported the plan since it is consistent with the visual compatibility standards of the Sanibel Code as well as adhere to the Interior Department’s standards for rehabilitation and guidelines for historic buildings.

A similar sentiment was expressed when the installation of impact windows proposal was brought to light.

“Impact windows can be made to look exactly like old wood windows,” offered chair Michael Valiquette.

The resolution approving the request passed unanimously with one commissioner absent.

The other matter before the commission was a public hearing on a draft ordinance amending the Sanibel Code of ordinances regarding preliminary plat regulations by adding an alternate procedure allowing phase development of a major subdivision application.

Planning director Jim Jordan informed commissioners that though the island is close to total buildout, there are one or two areas that could accommodate a subdivision development.

“A subdivision development could come up,” Jordan said. “This change allows a developer some flexibility where he would not have to commit to all the homes in one phase.”

In addition, when a plat is approved in designated phases the time periods for completion and recording of the final play shall be applicable for each phase. It comes with an initial two-year time period for completion of each subsequent phase.

After a brief discussion the resolution was unanimously approved.

Commissioners have received the documents from City Council regarding the parking and interconnectivity sections of the commercial redevelopment project.

Jordan asked commissioners to bring their thoughts, ideas and concerns to him in the coming days so he can include them in the staff presentation at the Oct. 22 commission public meeting.

Before adjourning the meeting, Jordan requested the meetings scheduled for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and Christmas (Dec. 24) be cancelled. Commissioners agreed.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8.