BGHPB has positive input on local construction projects

April 16, 2021
By BBadmin7502

BY SUSAN HANAFEE
 
A metal roof, an 8-foot wall, a small addition and a new pool and cabana for a home on East Railroad Avenue all received unanimous approval from the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board in what was a fairly routine meeting on Wednesday.
The board also welcomed Earl Hahn, the new principal planner for Lee County. Hahn replaces Anthony Rodriguez, who was recently promoted to head the county’s zoning organization.
During the meeting, board member Dana Robinette recused herself from voting on her family’s request for an addition to their historic Mission/Pueblo-style home on 1400 11th Street West. The family plans to add approximately 36 square feet of living space to an existing bedroom.
In regard to the only other historic property on the agenda, the owners of a cottage at 310 Palm Avenue petitioned the board to change from an existing asphalt shingle roof to a 5V crimped-metal roof for insurance purposes and because their old roof was leaking. Staff noted that metal roofs are a commonly found feature in Boca Grande, both inside and outside the historic district.
The request to build an eight-foot-tall fence at the rear of a non-historic property at 750 Palm Avenue was prompted by the desire to give the homeowner’s three children more of a backyard in which to play.
The property is a trapezoidal shaped lot with approximately 125 feet of frontage on Palm Avenue and 111 feet on 8th Street East. The homeowner asked to tear down and rebuild the wall on a new rear property line to reflect a recently-approved lot split. The wall will be constructed with concrete blocks and finished in a medium stucco, painted and trimmed to match an existing wall.
A pool and cabana for the residence at 1400 East Railroad Street also found favor with the board. The proposed pool will be located south of the cabana in an existing paver deck. It will be approximately 35 feet by 10 feet.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled for May 12.