A pre-application has been submitted to Greenwich Planning & Zoning for a historic overlay area at 12 Grigg Street in the city centre.
The house dates from 1900.
Grigg Street is a one-way street that runs from the bottom of Greenwich Ave and is lined with turn-of-the-century houses that have mostly been restored.
Buildings at the east end of Grigg Street have commercial uses including the CFCF Cafe, Diane’s Books, and Grigg Street Pizza.
According to the plaintiff’s account, the house at 12 Grigg, which is 1/10th of an acre, is[traduction]“a fine example of turn-of-the-century gabled national folk architecture which has recently undergone unfortunate renovations”.
The applicant proposes to restore the house, add offices to the first and second floors and maintain the current residential use on the third floor.
The application indicates that many of the original features and details of the house remain and can be restored. They say the proposed design would be true to the house’s original style and period.
As part of a possible historic overlay, the claimant would restore the house in perpetuity in exchange for a waiver of parking requirements.
In concrete terms, 10 parking spaces are required, but the applicant only offers 4.
Today the cars are parked behind the house but the pitches are not scratched.
The app notes that the property is close to Greenwich train station and close to municipal car parks.
Parking in the lower Greenwich Ave area is already restricted and outdoor dining has resulted in the loss of parking spaces.
In addition, sub-parked 8-30g affordable housing developments are on offer in the area, and candidates such as J Lofts West behind Bank of America say tenants and guests could rely on the use of municipal parking lots. .
At the start of the pandemic, Lisa Lori, then owner of the Perfect Provenance retail store at 47 Arch Street – a stone’s throw from 12 Grigg – sought to turn her cafe into a restaurant and apply for a liquor license she needed. more seating and slightly more parking spaces than the five at the property.
Her request was denied by P&Z because she sought to partially rely on the municipal parking lot behind 12 Grigg Street.
Last July, Ms Lori closed her shop and cafe and put the building up for sale.
The pre-bid for 12 Grigg Street has yet to be put on the agenda of a P&Z meeting.
Pre-applications are non-binding and for discussion purposes only.
The applicant for 12 Grigg Street met with the Historic District Committee in February to seek an informal opinion on whether the building merited historic designation.
The owner worked with VanderHorn Architects to research the home’s history and determined that the original design included the front porch, a covered rear entrance, and a two-story bay window. Remnants of the original back porch, including a cornice, are still visible.
Proposed restorations include new traditional wood windows, wood siding and a cedar roof.
Over the years the rear of the house has been extended to create a bedroom on the first floor. The original wood windows have been replaced with vinyl insert windows.
A wooden balcony was added on the second floor and a wooden deck was added at the back.
The walls have been cut to install air conditioners.
Asbestos-cement shingles were laid over the existing wood clapboard.
The application states that some of the wood shingle is visible under the asbestos cement shingles, and they intend to expose and restore the shingle, replacing it only with new cedar where there is rot.
For reference, P&Z regs section 6-109 (go to page 36) cover historical “HO” overlay areas.
The rear of the house is to be extended to line up with the original first floor bedroom addition. this creates an interior staircase, allowing the removal of the terrace and the wooden staircase, which are not up to the height of the original residence.
The wooden balcony and the addition of a closet on the first floor must be removed, as they are also not of the caliber of the original house.
A double gable should be added on the west elevation similar in style to the existing through gable on the east elevation.
A new forced air heating and air conditioning system is to be installed, allowing the removal of the integrated wall mounted air conditioning units.
To help prevent rainwater damage to the home, the porch level should be raised to line up with the ground at the edge of the sidewalk.
The existing stone foundation is not waterproof and needs to be replaced to avoid mold and insect problems.
The applicant plans to pour a new concrete foundation and cover it with a four-inch-thick stone veneer to match the existing masonry, incorporating corner pieces that create the appearance of a Pierre.