The Block Island Times

HDC report: A happy ending on Calico Hill

By Lars Trodson | Mar 22, 2014
Photo by: HDC

A project that had a bumpy start in front of the Historic District Commission a couple of months ago had the best of all possible endings at the HDC meeting on Monday, March 17.

At issue was a house project on Calico Hill (plat 6, lot 6). The HDC wasn’t impressed with some initial designs and neither were the neighbors, whose perspectives were presented to the HDC by resident Cindy Lasser.

But by Monday everything had turned around.

“The owners listened to us, they listened to the community and they received a unanimous decision,” said HDC Chair Doug Gilpin, who is an architect by trade. “You can’t get any better than that.”

“We had a great consensus,” said owner Scot Hallberg, who thanked islander Norris Pike for coming forward with design ideas for the project. “We really appreciated his concerns and the neighbor’s concerns as to how Calico Hill should look and we respected that. We wanted everyone to be happy.”

As for the vote by the HDC, Hallberg said, “There was no negativism on anybody’s part. It’s a great ending. We’re very pleased.”

Hallberg said he needs to return to the HDC with some new design plans, but other than that, he was ready to go. When he looks at the design he has now, all Hallberg had to say was, “It’s a Block Island house.”

In other HDC news:

An application by James Brouillard for Offshore Property (plat 6, lot 31) to install new signs was unanimously approved.

An application by Interstate Navigation to install a new fence (to replace a deteriorating fence) on plat 6, lot 151 — at the ferry dock — was unanimously approved.

An application to ratify the modification of an awning at Deadeye Dick’s (plat 5, lot 66) by Island Marine Corp., was approved.

The HDC also reviewed a letter it had received from Virginia Hesse, of the Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (HPHC) about the Spring House Historic Preservation Easement and Condensing Units. The matter will be discussed at the next meeting, which is scheduled for April 21, 2014.

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