Although several people turned up this morning with the expectation that something more would happen, the Historic Preservation Commission stuck to its plan to accept applications at the first meeting of the month and vote on accepted applications at the second meeting.
This morning the HPC voted on four applications that had come before them on May 11. They granted certificates of appropriateness to the construction of a porch to be used as an outdoor seating area at 347 Warren Street, to the proposed alterations to 13 South Third Street, and to the proposal to move 900 Columbia Street to 215-219 Union Street. (Rick Scalera, special adviser to the Galvan Foundation, which is proposing to move the building to save it from being demolished, told someone seated near him in the audience, who in turn told Gossips, that the house would probably be demolished anyway because moving it would turn out to be too expensive.) The HPC denied a certificate of appropriateness to the proposal to move the Robert Taylor House, at the head of Tanners Lane, to 23 Union Street. The denial was based on the fact that the application submitted had been incomplete.
Having done that in the space of about ten minutes, the HPC went into executive session. Cheryl Roberts, counsel to the HPC, explained the justification for the executive session, which lasted for more than an hour, was "attorney-client privilege."