The owner of the home at 534 Jefferson, which had already been approved for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a major renovation in the fall, appeared before the Historic District Review Board to modify the previous application. The applicant wants to extend the addition building foot print an additional 2 feet. As was stated in the previous application, the goal of the applicant is to return the structure to its original historic appearance. The applicant wants to replace rotted wood on the porch with PVC. Of note, PVC decking material has been used in the historic district, the “proposed scope of work does not replace like material with like material”.
The applicant should make a determination about the final foundation work before being issued a
modified Certificate of Appropriateness to ensure compliance and prevent a return to this Board.
Staff notes on 534 Jefferson
• Front Porch:
o Rotted and damaged porch deck supports are proposed to be replaced
o PVC decking is proposed as the material to replace the rotted decking
o The existing foundation will be leveled; existing pedestals will be repaired or
o Proposed addition foundation is not determined, however applicant states that
new piers will resemble those on the existing building
• Roof:o The building addition’s roof shingles will match the existing house roof; a shed
roof is proposed for the addition
o The existing house roof is in good condition
o All existing windows will be removed
o The applicant proposes to align first floor front window with second floor window
o Two windows on the east side of the house are proposed to change locations (as
seen on the elevation)
• Siding and Trim:
o All existing exterior siding and trim will be removed
o Hardiplank siding is proposed; solid pvc is proposed for the corner, window, door,
and soffit trim
Board approved the modification to the Certificate of Appropriateness.
According to Planner Larry DiRe, Cape Charles saw a large swath of new development and redevelopment in Cape Charles, with total estimated construction cost of projects approved by the Board in calendar year 2015 is $1,135,640.
Some of the higher profile projects mentioned by DiRe included:
-work on renovating the former Northampton Hotel building
– Strawberry Street Station, the new mixed-use development in the Harbor District at 300 Mason Avenue
– three commercial storefront improvements in the C-1 district
– new shoreline revetment at the Oyster Farm Restaurant, as well as six new single family homes constructed\permitted.
– A conditional use permit application was received for second and third floor residential units above ground floor commercial at 207 Mason Avenue.
-The Cape Charles Lofts project is completed and certificates of occupancy issued.
2015 Summary of Permits and Projects Reviewed by Planning:
Home Occupations 0
Site Plan Reviews 9
Zoning Clearance 21
Historic District Review 27
Harbor Area Review 3
Wetlands Board Review 0
Board of Zoning Appeals Review 2
Conditional Use Permits 1
Lot subdivisions approved 4