Friday, January 15, 2021

Columbia fills vacancies on Historical Architectural Review Board

When: Columbia Borough Council meeting, Jan.12.

What happened: The borough now has a functioning Historical Architectural Review Board after council members approved four new members: Brian Brandt, a code official, Matthew Barley, an interior designer, and Althea Ramsey Carrigan and Jonathan Lutz, who both live in the Historic District. They join Jeff Siebert, a licensed real estate broker.

Background: Four review board members resigned in early September after the council voted to let developer Cimarron Investments use composite material instead of wood on four balconies in an apartment building at 24-26 S. Second St. The architectural board previously denied the developer's request, but Cimarron brought the matter to council members, who voted 4-3 to approve it. Mayor Leo Lutz cast the deciding vote. Councilwoman Pam Williams didn't vote because she lives in the building.

Why it matters: Borough Manager Mark Stivers said officials are "very happy" the board can function. The architectural group advises the council on any external improvements to existing buildings.


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