Rose Haven on agenda for Historic Preservation Commission

Published 5:03 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

The Washington Historic Preservation Commission, during its meeting tonight, is scheduled to consider issuing a certificate of appropriateness for alterations to the house at 291 E. Third St., the Rose Haven project structure.

The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities is seeking the certificate. It rehabilitates failing or vacant historic homes for residential use by female veterans or disabled veterans and their families. Many of those veterans suffer from physical trauma, emotional trauma or both. The restored homes provide places were veterans could rehabilitate.

PRISC wants to make the following alterations to the house:

  • install vents at the gable ends of the attic space;
  • convert the mudroom at the rear of the house into a screened-in porch;
  • install metal caps on the two non-working chimneys;
  • repair the barn structure with different style options;
  • install a deck and wheelchair ramp at the rear of the house;
  • revise the previously approved landscaping plan.

A staff report about the request reads: “Based on findings of fact, request ‘B’ (mudroom) would not be congruous with the Historic Preservation Design guidelines. The drawings were not submitted to staff; therefore, the recommendation is to continue the request until the next meeting, October 2, 2018.” The report also notes that request D (repair of barn) would not be congruous with design guidelines because the “request does not match the original door in material or style.”

When completed, Rose Haven will be home to several female veterans, its surrounding land transformed into a meditative garden, with which PRISC is partnering with Arts of the Pamlico, and a vegetable garden in which all local veterans will be invited to participate.

The commission is scheduled to consider Charlotte Cutler’s request for a certificate of appropriateness to place two sets of bistro tables on the sidewalk in front of The Meeting Place Café & Catering at 22 W. Main St. It is also scheduled to consider a request by Wesley Earley for a certificate of appropriateness to make alterations to the house at 326 N. Market St. The alterations include the following:

  • construct a wheelchair ramp along the north side of the house;
  • expand the existing parking lot in the back yard;
  • more the existing fence in the back yard.

Also, the commission is expected to consider a request by Caroline Collie to demolish the rundown two-story-house at 325 N. Harvey St. so a potential buyer can build a story-and-half house on the lot. Tony Edwards, with AG’s Home Solutions, is the applicant seeking the certificate of appropriateness.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 102 E. Second St.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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