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03-07-18 SMDRB1 SOUTH MESQUITE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD 2 3 Following are the minutes of the South Mesquite Design Review Board meeting held on 4 March 7, 2018 in 2007-A at City Hall, 700 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001. 5 6 MEMBERS PRESENT: Robert Williams 7 Ernie Campos 8 David Chavez 9 Faith Hutson 10 11 MEMBERS ABSENT: Tony Dahlin 12 13 STAFF PRESENT: Sara Gonzalez, CLC Planner 14 Becky Baum, RC Creations, LLC, Recording Sec. 15 16 I. CALL TO ORDER (6:00) 17 18 Williams: Okay, call this meeting to order at 6:00. 19 20 II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - January 3, 2018 21 22 Williams: First item on the agenda is approval of the minutes from the January 3, 23 2018 meeting. Did everyone get a chance to look through the minutes? 24 Any changes? Do we have a motion to accept the minutes? 25 26 Hutson: I'll make a motion to accept the minutes as is. 27 28 Chavez: Second. 29 30 Williams: We have a motion and second. All those in favor. 31 32 MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. 33 34 Williams: Motion passes unanimously. 35 36 III. NEW BUSINESS 37 38 1. Case 71614: Request for approval of the replacement of windows and doors 39 to the street -facing facade of the existing structure for a property located at 40 715 E. Texas Avenue. The subject property is zoned $-2 (Medium Density 41 Residential District) and is located within the South Mesquite Overlay District. 42 Submitted by Miguel Gonzales, contractor, on behalf of Cynthia Herrera, 43 property owner. 44 45 Williams: On to new business. First item on the agenda is Case No. 71614. 46 1 1 Gonzales: Once again this is Case 71614 for 715 E. Texas Avenue. The window 2 and door replacement on an existing structure. The property is currently 3 zoned R-2, medium density residential district. It is a vacant single-family 4 home in the South Mesquite Overlay. It is not classified in the Historic 5 Registry. It was constructed in 1945. Here is a zoning map of the 6 property. It is surrounded by R-2 which is the multifamily district. It is 7 located on the north side of Texas Avenue, south of Kansas Avenue and 8 then in between Manzanita and Esperanza Streets. 9 Here's an aerial of the current property and as you can see the 10 home is placed more towards Texas Avenue. This property is actually 11 adjacent with 715 1/2. The two properties are basically together but 12 they're very small lots and so it's maybe 30-feet wide in the front. The 13 applicant is proposing to replace the existing windows on the street facing 14 facade of the structure as well as renovating the rest of the structure in the 15 process. The original windows will be replaced with vinyl sliding. I know 16 in your reports they said wooden, but they are going to be vinyl sliding 17 windows. They are the same size and same location of the existing 18 windows that were there, and they are similar to some of the properties 19 that are actually adjacent to this one. 20 On the left hand side is a picture that was taken and provided to 21 staff before what the home looked like. This is now what the home looks 22 like. Everything is basically boarded up. All the windows are boarded, the 23 doors are boarded up. Everything is basically lying on the floor. 24 These would be the windows the applicant is proposing to put in. 25 These were the broken windows before they actually put the wood over it 26 because they were starting to get damage inside of the home. So they 27 started to take everything down and cover things up. 28 This would be an example right across the street, they have sliding 29 windows and directly adjacent to the property they also have sliding 30 windows. So they do match the characteristic and they're replacing with 31 what is existing. The applicant's also replacing the front door on the street 32 facing facade. They were wooden and the applicant is providing to put in 33 a solid core door replacement that is exactly the same door as you can 34 see in this photo as before. I mean it's the same trim, same outline, there 35 are just two knobs now basically for locking purposes. 36 So with that staff does analyze and make sure it does match the 37 materials, methods, and styles of the neighborhood. Staff did not receive 38 any public input for the renovation of this. I did receive a call thinking we 39 were going to renovate their property for them, but we told them no we 40 didn't. So based on that, staff is recommending approval based on the 41 findings within your staff report that the doors are compatible, the windows 42 are being replaced with what is existing. So with that you would have the 43 option to vote "yes" to approve, "no" to deny, vote to amend and ask staff 44 for additional information, and table as well. The applicant could not be 45 here. He did call me at about 4:30, there was a family emergency and so 46 he was unable to attend. It was Manuel who actually did attend the 2 1 meeting in January. He is doing the same renovation that he had done 2 right here off of Campo Street and so he's actually helping the 3 neighborhood and providing more information on them, and letting them 4 come to the South Mesquite Review Board before doing permits. 5 6 Williams: Any comments? 7 8 Campos: I'd like to say I applaud the contractor and property owner to making the 9 effort to upgrading these old houses that need help, restoration. And 10 have no issues. I move for approval if nobody has any questions. Staff's 11 recommendation. 12 13 Chavez: I don't have any questions. It is good that it's another building that's 14 abandoned. It's being upgraded because we have such a huge issue with 15 abandoned properties in the Historic District. So yes I move for approval. 16 17 Williams: So we have a motion. Do we have a second? 18 19 Hutson: I'll second. 20 21 Williams: We have a motion and a second. All those in favor. 22 23 MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. 24 25 Williams: Motion passes unanimously. 26 27 2. Case 71621: Request for approval to construct a new porch addition on the 28 existing structure in the rear yard of a property located at 600 E. Amador 29 Avenue. The subject property is zoned C-2 (General Commercial District) 30 and is located within the South Mesquite Overlay District. Submitted by Solar 31 Smart Living, contractor, on behalf of Habaneros Fresh Mex LLC, property 32 owner. 33 34 Williams: Second item on the agenda is Case 71621. 35 36 Gonzales: Once again it's Case 71621 for a property located at 600 E. Amador 37 Avenue for a commercial addition to the rear yard. The property is zoned 38 C-2, general commercial district. There is currently a restaurant being ran 39 out of it which is known as Habaneros. It is within the South Mesquite 40 Overlay. And the property was constructed in 1915, however it was 41 converted to commercial in 1987. 42 Here is the zoning map of the subject property. It is zoned C-2. As 43 you can see in the red. It is between Amador and Lohman on the east 44 side of Tornillo Street. Here's is the aerial map of the subject property. 45 You can see the back part is basically a parking lot that is utilized for that 3 1 business, the restaurant. There are other businesses that are located 2 within this parcel within the Original Townsite. 3 The applicant is requesting to do a 631 square foot addition to 4 place solar panels on the top of the roof of this addition of the rear 5 property. It'll be constructed out of metal, however the applicant will be 6 texturing and painting it to where it matches the existing structure. Also 7 the panels will not be visible from Amador, but you might see a little bit 8 from the edging that would be on Tornillo Street, just because if you were 9 to come by on the side you'd probably see the panel. So when you're 10 looking at the view you may see them on the right or left hand side of 11 them, but they will not be a direct view because I don't know that 12 anybody's 10-feet tall to see them. 13 So this would be the back patio that would be added onto it. Here 14 is a picture of basically the site plan, it does meet all of the setbacks that 15 are required within the South Mesquite Overlay as well. It does meet the 16 dimensions that are required for the patio for structure purposes. This is 17 another visual. The courtyard wall is already existing upon the structure, 18 and so it's basically going to create a cover over that patio area. They're 19 going to be installing fans to create more of if you want to sit outside or if 20 you have to wait for tables, you now have an area that's going to provide 21 more shade and be a little bit more comforting. This would be the metal 22 framing that would be going on the structure and of course the poles will 23 be basically textured and then painted white to match the building that is 24 existing. This is currently what it looks like now, so it would just be an 25 addition to the rear portion up to where the parking stalls already exist. So 26 they're not moving anything that additional, just creating basically a patio 27 cover for the solar panels. 28 These are some of the properties that are adjacent to, the property 29 on the left actually has a metal carport outside and the property on the 30 right actually is a metal building. So the entire building on the backside of 31 it is actually a metal structure. So the metal component is not something 32 that would be out of the ordinary within this area, however they are at least 33 willing to paint it, make it look a little bit more like the structure as opposed 34 to just a metal steel building. 35 So with that we did analyze it and think that at least since the 36 applicant was willing after we spoke to him to at least paint it, texture it to 37 where it looks at least compatible and not just a metal structure, that it 38 would fit in with the overall characteristics of the neighborhood. We did 39 not receive any feedback. We're recommending approval with the findings 40 that you do find within your staff report. So you can vote "yes" to approve 41 it, vote "no" to deny, vote to amend and ask staff to provide conditions, or 42 vote to table and ask staff for additional information. The applicant is here 43 though for this case. 44 45 Williams: Comments? Questions? 46 C! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 Chavez: Who's doing the solar? Chacon: We are. Chavez: Oh you guys are doing the solar. Chacon: That's like my specialty on solar. Like in this case basically the whole structures made of adobe and the roof is made out of wood beams that are going to be hard to attach any solar or structure, so he asked, "Is there any way we can do like a patio thing?" We're all contractors and with our focus on solar, we proposed to do the patio with the solar panels. We are doing solar and electrical for the fans and all the switches. Chavez: You going to have lighting under there also? Chacon: Yes and we're compliant with all the New Mexico Dark Sky. I'm going to try to do all indirect lighting and see if I can find dimmable (inaudible) that when it's really dark and you want to see actually the stars you can, or if it's a very bright moon and you want to sit outside without actually seeing the lightbulbs. So that's something that still needs to figure out. Hutson: How are you going to texture the metal? Chacon: With my company, I have a person, he's my speciality I forgot, so I'm going to ask him to take a sample of the current stucco and try to match it on the metal. You know with the appropriate equipment I guess using the, they call it the hopper, and then just paint it like a white or it's actually kind of like not exactly white -white, but just try to match it as close as possible. Hutson: But there are products out there that will stick to metal. Chacon: Yes. Definitely. Williams: They make, it's something you can add to like paint that gives it like a texture, it's usually like a sand or something. Chavez: Is it kind of like elastometric? Williams: Well I don't know what the paint will be, but the paint will cover the metal, they'll prime the metal and stuff. But then they make a material that you can add to the paint that actually gives it texture, makes it feel like stucco or plaster. Campos: That's correct Mr. Chair. There's usually a primer put ahead of that right including primer. 5 1 Chacon: Yes. 2 3 Campos: Yes, I've seen it happen before. Quick question sir, to the applicant or 4 contractor. I notice where the drainage is coming down where the adobe 5 cutout is, you going to put the drainage is where the water can be coming 6 down? 7 8 Chacon: Yes. We're going to put downspouts. 9 10 Campos: Downspouts. Cool. That way in case I'm eating a plate of tacos I don't 11 want to get ... 12 13 Chacon: Exactly. 14 15 Campos: I appreciate that. Thank you. I have nothing further sir. 16 17 Chavez: I have one. What's your lead-time? When do you think you'd start and 18 finish? 19 20 Chacon: What with everything with the CD permitting and with the electrical also 21 review and I guess also the City inspector from building, I want to say, it's 22 a small project ultimately. I'm going to go on the safe and I'm going to say 23 three weeks on the safe, and that's because I've got to make sure I find 24 the right lights that my customer's going to like and I'm going to comply 25 with the City. 26 27 Campos: Sounds good. Mr. Chair I move that we approve Case No. 71621 with 28 staff's recommendation. 29 30 Chavez: Second. 31 32 Williams: We have a motion and a second. All those in favor. 33 34 MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. 35 36 Williams: Motion passes unanimously. 37 38 Chacon: Thank you very much. 39 40 BANTER FOR A FEW MOMENTS. 41 42 IV. DISCUSSION OF OTHER ITEMS 43 44 Williams: Do we have any other discussion items? 45 Al 1 Gonzales: Just one from staff. I do have the letters prepared. I will get them mailed 2 out. My mailing list is 860 parcels. They're getting me some help to help 3 me mail those out. So I'm hoping to have those out by next week. Yes, 4 there are a lot of parcels, even if they're vacant or not, but everybody's 5 getting a letter. 6 7 Chavez: Okay. All right. 8 9 Gonzales: So it's going out next week. 10 11 Hutson: Sara per our conversation last time we met, has a notification reminder 12 gone out to that modular that went in to remind them they have less than 6 13 months to comply and get that building stuccoed? 14 15 Gonzales: I have contacted the property owner and she has not returned my call and 16 1 did send codes out there and he is actually working with her at this point 17 in time, especially because of the accessory structure. And then to get it 18 stuccoed, because their deadline would be in June. 19 20 Hutson: Right. 21 22 Gonzales: They are aware of it. I've actually spoken with our building inspector to 23 inform our inspectors that those cannot be final until these things are 24 done, so we have flagged the two applications we've received which was 25 544 E. Griggs, and then our most recent one which was on 811 Campo, 26 so that way they are aware of them. And then we have reminders within a 27 month timeframe of their permits expiring to make sure that they are 28 aware of them. 29 30 Hutson: Thank you. I appreciate that. I do have one other concern and it's going 31 on for a while, I think some of it was just simply when ... so let me just tell 32 you. The property is 706 S. San Pedro and he came before the Design 33 Review Board last fall I guess to put up a big building in the back on the 34 west side that was for equipment storage basically. But in the meantime 35 he had illegally put up a storage structure on the north side which is the 36 Soledad side. 37 38 Gonzales: Okay. 39 40 Hutson: And Adam had told us that that structure was to come down and he had 41 been told several times. It's still up. 42 43 Gonzales: Okay. 44 45 Hutson: My guess is is that hopefully now that his building is complete his 46 intention, because he did know, that was the agreement that he had struck 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 with the City from what Adam told me that that would be coming down. He needed storage. He had had stuff walk away, disappear before. So my guess is is that probably it will be coming down, but out of sight out of mind sometimes. Gonzales: (inaudible) Hutson: Yes, please. I would appreciate that. Gonzales: You said it 706? Hutson: 706. And it's on the north side right up against the, it's on Soledad right up against the ... Chavez: Wall. Hutson: Block wall. Campos: Mr. Chair. Hutson: I hate to be the bad guy but someone will just have to. Campos: I like to applaud and give thanks to Faith for being our quasi code enforcer. Hutson: Yes, right. Campos, Thank you. Williams: Yes. Chavez: I have another one. There's an adobe building that was demolished. I didn't hear or see anything on a -mails on Lohman. It's near the corner of Mesquite Street and Lohman. It's that little car dealership. There was an adobe structure with rock columns and it's gone. So I don't know if they pulled a demolition permit or something, because I didn't see anything at all as far as that building, you know the yellow sign saying it's going to be demolished. Gonzales: Right. Chavez: They just took it. Gonzales: Okay. I will check to see if any permits are pulled and if there was a timeframe that they were posted or not and then I will get back to you as well. 1 2 Chavez: Okay. And then also on one of Faith's deals on the trailer on Griggs they 3 have been working on the fence. They've been putting in a new fence on 4 the Tornillo side. They're doing it in sections. I mean it's, I guess it 5 depends on when they get paid or whatever, but they haven't done 6 anything for the trailer and there are piles and piles of tree cuttings still. 7 The grappler went up there but only took half today. So that means it's 8 going to be there another two months. It's been lying out there for two 9 months. So it's just kind of, the neighbors have just been, I mean they 10 come to my door and they're just like livid. 11 The other issue is the trailer that's on Campo, the gentleman said, 12 and I understand, but might have been a plumbing issue, but he promised 13 that the trailer was going to be further back on the property and it near the 14 front. 15 16 Gonzales: And I noticed that when I passed by it the other day when I was doing my 17 other checks because to me it looked a lot closer and I even told our 18 building inspector based on what he had submitted for us, because site 19 plan indicated that it'd be 50 feet back. 20 21 Chavez: And that's not 50 feet back. 22 23 Gonzales: And he's actually come in for a driveway permit as well to actually get into 24 there. I'm assuming he's going to be pouring concrete down in the front of 25 the yard. So I can check with them. The 50 feet though is still more than 26 what is required based on that zoning designation. 27 28 Chavez: Okay. 29 30 Gonzales: So unfortunately we would have no reprimand if he puts it closer, I would 31 just have to have him amend the placement showing he still meets the 32 required setbacks for the South Mesquite Overlay. 33 34 Chavez: Because one of the main reasons we approved that mobile home to go in 35 there is that it was going to be further to the very back of the property, and 36 there is a lot of property still behind that fixture. 37 38 Gonzales: I don't think we can place a condition on the property to be placed there. 39 It's an allowed building and as long as they follow the requirements, as 40 long as it meets the setbacks it would be an allowed building. 41 42 Hutson: We approved it because we had to David. 43 44 Chavez: I know we had to but one of the conditions was that it was going to be 45 further to the back, that's why. 46 X, 1 Williams: Anything else? 2 3 Hutson: That's all I had. 4 5 Campos: Nothing further sure. 6 7 Chavez: We need a new clock. 8 9 Gonzales: I don't know where it went. That's why I had to look in my computer when 10 it was time. 11 12 V. STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS 13 14 VI. ADJOURNMENT (6:19) 15 16 Williams: With that we adjourn the meeting at 6:19. 17 18 19 20 W 21 \ 22 Chairperson 10