CITY OF MUSKEGON
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
February 7, 2017
Chairperson J. Hilt called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and roll was taken.
MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Hilt, S. Kroes, K. Panozzo, A. Riegler, D. Warren, S. Radtke, L.
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
STAFF PRESENT: M. Franzak, D. Renkenberger
OTHERS PRESENT: A. Soler, Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W Clay Ave.; P. Kurek,
5080 Davis Rd.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion to approve the regular meeting minutes of January 3, 2017 was made by J. Hilt, supported
by D. Warren and unanimously approved.
Case 2017-03 – 444 & 448 West Clay Avenue Applicant: Paul Kurek. District: Clay-Western.
Current Function: Residential. M. Franzak presented the staff report. This case was presented by
Lakeshore Museum Center personnel last month to obtain HDC input on the demolition plans. The
applicant, who is the current property owner, is seeking approval to demolish the two homes. He
then planned to sell the land to the Lakeshore Museum Center for their future expansion. As stated
previously, the homes do not possess many historic qualities or craftsmanship, and both have fallen
into disrepair. The City’s building inspection department, SafeBuilt, had determined that moving
the houses to another site was not feasible due to their condition.
In addition to their main site, the Lakeshore Museum Center owned the building at 477 W Western
Ave, which they used as an archive facility. They also rented space in the building that hosts
Ryke’s Bakery on Terrace St, which they used for storage. Consolidation of these facilities into one
central location would allow a higher and better use of 477 W. Western Avenue which was also in a
J. Hilt asked if staff or the applicant had any other information to add since last month’s meeting.
M. Franzak suggested that any motion for approval include that the approval could transfer to the
new owner. A. Soler stated that the County received approval to purchase the two buildings and
would be signing a purchase agreement as soon as the HDC approved the demolition request. P.
Kurek stated that he was working with CMH on relocating their clients who resided in the two
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A motion that the HDC approve the request to demolish 444 and 448 West Clay Avenue with the
conditions that HDC approval is transferrable to the new owner, all zoning requirements are met,
and the necessary permits are obtained, was made by L. Wood, supported by S. Kroes and
unanimously approved, with J. Hilt, S. Kroes, K. Panozzo, A. Riegler, S. Radtke, L. Wood and D.
Warren voting aye.
Meeting attendance/RSVP – J. Hilt asked that board members be sure to let staff (Diane or Mike)
know as soon as possible whether or not they will be able to attend the HDC meetings so that they
can determine whether or not we will have a quorum.
HDC Standards – S. Radtke was concerned about the practice of allowing painted structures to be
covered with vinyl siding. M. Franzak stated that it was likely the HDC would have a new staff
liaison within a few months, and once the new person was on board, they could review the
guidelines for any changes that may be needed. M. Franzak stated that staff would need to consult
the City Attorney to see how to make changes to the ordinance.
Marketing & Incentives – Staff and board members discussed ideas for promoting the historic
districts, and possible incentives to get homeowners to maintain their homes according to HDC
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
A motion to retain J. Hilt as Chairperson and S. Radtke as Vice-chairperson was made by S. Kroes,
supported by S. Radtke and unanimously approved, with J. Hilt, S. Kroes, K. Panozzo, A. Riegler,
S. Radtke, L. Wood and D. Warren voting aye.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
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