His­toric dis­trict to look over cer­tifi­cates of ap­pro­pri­ate­ness, other projects to­day

El Dorado News-Times - - Local - By Tia Lyons Staff Writer Tia Lyons may be con­tacted at 870-862-6611 or tlyons@el­do­radonews.com.

The El Do­rado His­toric Dis­trict Com­mis­sion has a packed agenda to­day with sev­eral Cer­tifi­cates of Ap­pro­pri­ate­ness re­quests and an up­date on an­other project.

The com­mis­sion will meet at noon in the sec­ond-floor con­fer­ence room of city hall.

COAs are re­quired for ex­te­rior work that will change the ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign or his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ter on stric­tures within the city’s com­mer­cial his­toric dis­trict.

At least two of the COA re­quests that are on the agenda will be for projects that have al­ready been com­pleted — a process that is strongly dis­cour­aged by the his­toric dis­trict com­mis­sion’s de­sign guide­lines.

One of the af­ter-the-fact COAs is for an ATM at the cor­ner of Jef­fer­son and Cedar.

The cash dis­penser was in­stalled by First Fi­nan­cial Bank in prepa­ra­tion for the Sept. 27 — Oct. 1 kick­off of the Murphy Arts Dis­trict (MAD).

The other post-COA is for sig­nage and a dec­o­ra­tive picket fence that cov­ers the bulk­head on the store­front of Coco’z Cot­tage, 108 N. Washington.

Pro­ceed­ing with projects within the com­mer­cial his­toric dis­trict prior to ob­tain­ing a COA car­ries no puni­tive ac­tion from the com­mis­sion, prop­erty own­ers can in­cur costs of hav­ing to redo a project if it does not ad­here to de­sign guide­lines or pay fines levied by the city if the work vi­o­lates city codes, com­mis­sion­ers said.

Ar­chi­tect Matthew Jen­nings, of West­lake Reed Leskosky de­sign firm, is on the agenda to present a COA for planned work to the for­mer Elm Street Bak­ery, 116 E. Elm, the cor­ner of Elm and Jef­fer­son.

The his­toric name of the build­ing is the Gar­rett Build­ing, and it is a con­tribut­ing struc­ture within the com­mer­cial his­toric dis­trict.

Con­tribut­ing struc­tures must be at least 50 years old and not sig­nif­i­cantly al­tered from their orig­i­nal ap­pear­ance.

Ex­te­rior al­ter­ations that have been pro­posed for the build­ing — for which a restau­rant and up­per floor res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment for short­term stays are planned — in­clude a scope of work that is in­tended to pro­tect the his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ter of the build­ing.

Per the COA ap­pli­ca­tion, the ex­ist­ing build­ing ma­sonry will be re­stored; the ex­te­rior walls re­painted; new sec­ond story win­dows in­stalled; and ex­ist­ing awnings re­placed.

Di­ver­si­fied De­sign and Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to pro­vide an up­date on the ren­o­va­tion of Hill’s Recre­ation Par­lor, 205 E. Cedar.

MAD worked with Di­ver­si­fied to come up with a plan to spruce up Hill’s — the only build­ing that re­mains in the block sur­rounded by Cedar, Jef­fer­son, Lo­cust and Hill — in time for the MAD grand open­ing.

The work en­tailed re­point­ing the mor­tar joints, clean­ing the ma­sonry, and the repli­cat­ing and re­plac­ing of the old wood­work, which had ex­ten­sive wa­ter dam­age.

MAD en­tered into an agree­ment with Hill’s to cover the cost of the work and for Hill’s to main­tain the re­pairs.

Com­mis­sion­ers agreed in Au­gust that the work would not re­quire a COA since it in­volved main­te­nance and re­pairs and would not change the ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign of the build­ing.

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