Historic Commission OKs downtown fence
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jun 25, 2014 | 571 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Historic Preservation Commission approved plans for a decorative metal fence and privacy wall for a Church Street address during a meeting Tuesday.

The board reviews plans and approves certificates of appropriateness to ensure that new construction maintains the look of the Downtown Historic District.

Property owner Nicholas Lillios said the design will be similar to those that have already been constructed in the area. He said he wanted to build the fence because he had two young children.

The privacy wall will be 6 feet high and be used in the backyard.

“The brick will be the same brick that we used on the house,” Lillios said.

The metal fence will be much like the other fences in the area. Lillios said he was going to talk to the metal workers who did a neighbor’s fence to get a similar design.

Board member Joan Benjamin asked how the fence would impact the trees on the property.

Lillios said the fence will come into his property a little to avoid affecting trees.

Care will also be taken when the fence is installed to keep from damaging tree roots. Lillios said the construction will have the fence supported above the roots rather than digging near the roots. A lintel, which looks like an 8-inch tall cinder block, will be used to support the fence in this area. Lillios says he plans to have plants growing near the lintels to hide them from view.

Along the privacy wall, Lillios plans to have a support pier every 10 feet.

Gates along the fence will keep with the style of the metal fence.