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SHIRLEY — The Historical Commission met to discuss a proposed addition to a single-family home in the town’s historical district.

Contractor Ken Morgan attended the Jan. 16 meeting on behalf of resident George Callahan, to present plans for an addition to Callahan’s home. The plans included a small addition with an added window, and the commission reviewed all of the elements with Morgan to ensure that any changes would be acceptable for the historic 1860 structure on Parker Road.

Morgan informed the commission that he plans to fabricate new windowsills for the three adjacent, pre-existing windows, so the “fat” new windowsill would not stand out.

“This is a house that has been pretty compromised over time,” Commissioner Donald Reed told Morgan. “The whole idea is to slow the process down to a glacial crawl.” Commission Chairman Paul Przybyla also noted that none of the modifications should draw attention to themselves.

The commission reviewed several other issues about the work to be done, including the addition of cellar windows, designing new cornices for the addition in line with existing ones, ventilation, burying the electrical utilities, and clapboard materials. The commission voted to approve the modifications to the building with slight changes and notes on the above issues. — Richard Breyer

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