Paint job in future of historic building in Crown Point
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent December 24, 2012 11:18AM
Updated: December 24, 2012 11:38AM
CROWN POINT — One building owner plans to comply with the Historic Preservations Commission and change the exterior color of his downtown business, but it will be spring before the work can begin.
Curt Graves, community development director, said Jim Vinditti, the owner of the building at 101 S. Court St., responded to a letter from city attorney David Nicholls and came before the commission to resolve issues with the building’s compliance.
“They approved a color plan and he plans to paint as soon as the weather warms up,” Graves said.
Commissioner Jolene Bolinger last month asked Nicholls to reach out to Venditti, who had failed to appear before the commission for months to address the issue of the building’s paint colors.
Buildings within the historic preservation district must be painted in a Victorian fashion with contrasting trim and siding colors consistent with the paint trends when the buildings were constructed.
A paint plan was submitted and approved almost a year ago for contrasting shades of blue paint for the siding and trim. Instead of using the lighter trim color, the entire structure was painted a monotone blue. The lack of a trim color violates the Victorian paint style.
Graves said the new color plan approved by the commission is similar to the color scheme on the historic courthouse.
Venditti could not be reached for comment.