The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 10, 2008

Historical Commission approves Ferns’ plans

“This is a vast improvement,” beamed Peggy Hilton, chair of the Carlisle Historical Commission, about the modifications in Ferns’ owner Larry Bearfield’s site plan for Ferns’ expansion. Bearfield and his architect, Niles Sutphin, presented detailed drawings of the new Ferns, which will connect the existing store with the adjacent garage via a link building. It was this new structure that caused controversy at the last meeting of the Historical Commission (see Mosquito, September 12, page 1) during which commission members requested a design alternative for the link building.

Sutphin described in detail his modified plan for roofing atop the link. Of several options presented, he favored pushing the roof line back and creating an 18-inch privacy fence that would screen the three HVAC units placed behind it. In reply to the concern that noise from the HVAC units might affect the resident of the apartment above the store, Sutphin assured the commission that it would be muffled.

Details of the expansion modified in response to Planning Board concerns were increased signage, lighting for the back parking area (which was deemed sufficient), and reconfigured parking spaces in front and rear. Bearfield will return to the commission with construction drawings for review and with further details on the link building roof, especially its connection with the existing porch roof. The commission approved, in principle, the site plan presented and requested that it review further changes.

Highland update

Prior to the Ferns’ hearing, Bob Hilton, the Historical Commission’s representative to the Highland Building Study Group, offered a summary of the group’s report to the Selectmen (see the entire report at Hilton said that recommendations for the school building’s future use are separated from current recommendations that $490,000 in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds be appropriated soon to make repairs needed to prevent further deterioration. “It will be money well spent,” he noted. He stressed that demolition of the building is not recommended. Hilton reported that the term of the Study Group has been extended into the Spring by the Board of Selectmen, giving it time to formulate more plans before Annual Town Meeting votes on the Highland Building.

Chair Peggy Hilton recognized the contributions of Commissioner Larry Sorli, who has resigned. Sorli will continue to be the commission’s liaison with preservation consultant Anne Forbes, who is completing a town-wide survey of historic properties. Chip Dewing has been appointed to complete Sorli’s term. ∆

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