Planning approves Packing House upgrades
By MEGHAN McCOY
The Planning Commission unanimously approved remodeling and an addition to the existing accessory storage and garage building, known as the Packing House, at the Historical Museum & Village, last week.
The improvements include an addition of 405 square feet, as well as a new shed roof at the loading dock of 816 square feet and an extended roof overhang. The additions will include a new metal roof to match the existing, as well as new cypress siding to match the existing structure.
Senior Planner Roy Gibson said an application was filed for a development permit, a certificate of appropriateness because the building is not historic, but is in relation and has an association with buildings on the historic register. He said the certificate of appropriateness must meet the standards for historic preservation, which means the first step in the process must have the plans reviewed and recommended by the city’s Historic Preservation Committee.
“They were reviewed by the Historic Preservation Committee on June 1 and the committee found that the proposed plan for the addition and remodeling of the Packing House met the visual compatibility standards, and the criteria for a certificate of appropriateness. They recommend that the Planning Commission also find that the proposed plans meet those standards as well,” Gibson said, adding that staff found the same findings as the committee.
The Packing House is a replica building, which was built on site, and not located on the city’s register historic structures, or landmarks. He said the Land Development Code requires accessory structures, buildings, or site improvements that are relational to those buildings, or sites that are on the register be subject to the criteria for certificate of appropriateness.
The two options presented to the commission included roll down shutters, or barn doors for the loading docks.
Architect Amy Nowacki said the barn doors may be less expensive than the shutters, but it’s also a question for the museum in terms of their display. She said with the barn doors they will have to enclose the walls somewhat because it cannot all be sliding doors.
Nowacki said you may have a wall at either end of the loading dock where the doors would open up against that wall. The doors would roll on a track over the face of the wall.
“The intent in any of this was that we could get that wagon and the hitch fully underneath the roof and they could close it down with bad weather, or when the museum was closed during hours. There has never been any vandalism, or theft problems, but it would be better if they could secure it if they needed to,” she said.