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BEAUFORT — A Front Street eatery’s new venture can hang signage and a pair of homeowners can make exterior alterations after the Beaufort Historic Preservation Commission signed off on both requests earlier this month.

The commission met virtually via Zoom June 1 to consider the requests, quickly approving both and issuing certificates of appropriateness, or COAs, for the work in the town’s historic district.

Jeff Adams, owner of brick-oven pizza joint Black Sheep at 510 Front St., the Beaufort House, received approval from the panel for two signs for his new shop. The design is to match the existing Black Sheep signage.

“It’s sort of like Taylor’s Grocery that was across the street,” Mr. Adams said of his new venture, called “beaudega.” “It’s gonna be beer and wine, grab-and-go foods, stuff like that.”

Beaufort historic board OKs shop signage, exterior changes to Front Street home

This altered image shows the signage approved by the Beaufort Historic Preservation Commission earlier this month for an incoming business at 510 Front St. (Contributed graphic)

The shop will also carry merchandise from Black Sheep and possibly other area restaurants, he said.

The signs total 28.25 square feet and are within the allowed signage limitations for the property, according to town staff. As such, the board unanimously approved the COA.

Mr. Adams plans to return to the board with more information on placement of additional signs on the water side of the building.

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously approved exterior changes for a home at 113 Front St.

Built in 1996, according to information provided to the commission, the house is not a historic structure, but as part of renovation, owners Page and George Littlewood plan to cantilever, or bump out, a portion of the west side by 18 inches. The couple also requested approval to add stairs, not visible from Front Street, from the second floor leading to the backyard.

Beaufort historic board OKs shop signage, exterior changes to Front Street home

This rendering shows plans for a “bump out” on the home at 113 Front St., circa 1996. The work was approved by the Beaufort Historic Preservation Commission June 1. (Contributed graphic)

There are no windows on the bump out, which will have louvered shutters in a color to match the existing shutters on the home. Additionally, the owners said the stairs will be painted to match the porch and other trim, as well.

Satisfied with this information on the coordination in paint colors, the HPC unanimously granted the COA.

In other business, board members discussed with staff several projects going on around town they had questions about, as well as reviewed the limitations on board members regarding discussions of applications outside of the scope of public meetings. The commission asked staff to advise them of minor work permits issued in the future to make them better aware of ongoing projects around town.

The HPC also unanimously approved minutes from its May 4 meeting.


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(2) comments


Um, at the risk of a light shone better on somewhere else could any sane person left, please share with me the 'HISTORICAL ASPECT' of the building in this article? Also, point to me 'how and why' a radical group of hobbyists have any power over these dwellings at all?????????????? (for the record, i think this is the same building, or half of them, etc, that was one of the LEASE DEBACLE where the TOWN was actually NOT COLLECTING ITS RENT FOR US TAXPAYERS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS, which has nothing to do with my question). Thx in advance to the sea of knowledge..............

David Collins

Yu- , that is a historic looking sign if I have ever seen one . No photo of the rewritten historic home . The historical crowd has been known to run fast and rather loose with their designations . Surprising how few original parts needed for a plaque . All part of being a cool town , I guess .

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