On the issue of materials, Julian Adams, community liaison coordinator for the Certified Local Government Program at the State Historic Preservation Office, had been asked if SHPO had taken a position on the use of Hardiplank, the siding proposed for this project, for new construction in historic districts. His response was that SHPO considered Hardiplank acceptable for new construction, provided it was smooth surfaced not faux wood grain.
On the issue of the garage door, HPC member David Voorhees said he'd spoken with a number of people who were not bothered by having the garage door face the street instead of the alley. Mark Greenberg, attorney for Galvan Partners, stressed that, although they had an alternative plan for the carriage house which had the garage opening onto the alley, "we strongly, strongly want to do the house with the garage door on the street."
The four members of the HPC present--Tom Swope (chair), Voorhees, Tony Thompson, and Jane Smith--voted unanimously to grant a certificate of appropriateness to the project, with these stipulations:
- The Hardiplank used would have a smooth finish and be painted.
- The sidewalk on First Street would be continuous from Cherry Alley to Union Street.
- The garage door used for the carriage house would be historic in appearance.