Commission to consider improvements of potential downtown eatery


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



The Historic Preservation Commission will consider two requests to approve storefront improvements in the downtown historic district this evening.

At its August meeting, the commission asked for more information from the owners of 12 S. Sandusky St., which was purchased in January. Xue Chen, TJ Wellman and Amanda Sykes plan to open a new downtown restaurant called the Flying Pig Ale House.

Chen and Wellman are owners of the Typhoon Asian Fusion Bistro, 10 N. Sandusky St., in downtown.

The owners plan to improve the facade of the building with cosmetic and structural improvements including replacing existing siding, windows the front entrance, according to a work description from the project’s submitted application.

The first and second story would be divided by “fypon lintel” and the awning would display the business name. The owners proposed to build a moveable, wood structure to cover Columbia Gas meters, which now exist on the north end of the building.

In a statement from the work description, the owners “hope to bring new life and business to this block of Sandusky [Street] with our revitalization of the facade, while maintaining an accurate and historical representation of downtown Delaware.”

In other business, the commission will continue its discussion with Ron Gaudio for approval of storefront improvements of 34 N. Sandusky St. Gaudio wanted to paint the lower storefront’s brick veneer a cream color to match the upper facade.

He asked the commission at its last meeting for a variance to the district’s standards that prohibit painting unpainted surfaces. The commission desires to remove the sign for Gaudio’s business, Delaware Vision Care, which is housed in the building because it was now non-compliant.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. at city hall 1 S. Sandusky St., in council chambers.

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.