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Design Commission - Agenda     
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Richard Erwin called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM in the Luther Burbank Room, Room 104, Mercer Island Community & Event Center 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
Chair Richard Erwin, Vice-Chair Colin Brandt, Commissioners Suzanne Zahr, Tami Szerlip, and Susanne Foster were present. Commissioners Anthony Perez were absent. Hui Tian Arrived at 7:16pm
Evan Maxim, Planning Manager; Nicole Gaudette, Senior Planner; Andrea Larson, Administrative Assistant, Bio Park, Assistant City Attorney were present. 
The Commission reviewed the minutes from the November 8, 2017 meeting.  Minutes corrected, spelling.  The minutes were approved as corrected by a vote of 5-0-0.
Agenda Item #1: Design Review DSR17-018 Sano Café Design Review
Nicole Gaudette, Senior Planner, provided a brief staff presentation on the project, on the second review of this project.  The proposal is for the signage review for Sano café and includes design review of proposed exterior building and outdoor seating area changes.
The Design Commission reviewed the design of the building facade, outdoor seating area and fencing, and sign.  Lisa Nordstrom, the applicant, and Eric Olvengren with DME Construction, answered questions regarding the design of the sign, building façade and outdoor seating area. 
Ms. Nordstrom explained that the sign is replacing what is currently there. 
Mr. Olvengren stated that the door and window casing will be Douglas fir with a clear finish.
Vice Chair Brandt made a motion to approve project with the alternative recommended motion, with the recommended conditions of approval.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Zahr.
Move to grant Moss Design Co. design approval for signage and an exterior remodel for a retail tenant location in the town center located at 7605 SE 27th St #111, as shown in Exhibits 1 and 2, subject to the following conditions and further conditioned as follows:
  1. All aspects of the sign shall be in substantial conformance with the detail information submitted with this application (i.e. elevations, perspective drawings, colors, materials, font, size of the lettering and relationship and layout of the approved wording and graphics), as depicted by Exhibit 1.
  1. All aspects of the exterior remodel shall be in substantial conformance with the detail information submitted with this application (i.e. elevations, perspective drawings, colors, materials, font, size of the lettering and relationship any layout of the approved wording and graphics) as depicted in exhibits 1 and 2, except as modified by these conditions of approval.
  1. The applicant shall use the minimum lumens proposed, 5,700 lumens for the sign.  The code official may allow the applicant to increase the lumens if it is determined that additional lumens are needed to adequately illuminate the sign.
  1. If the proposed exterior recessed can light is used at a future time, it shall comply with MICC 19.11.090(B)(7) and light spread will be confined within the site boundaries.
  1. If required, the applicant shall apply for and obtain a building permit from the City of Mercer Island prior to installation of the sign and proposed improvements.
  1. If a building permit is required and the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of this notice, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire.  The Code Official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date.
  1. The wood casing around the windows and door shall be installed per the applicants’ verbal description given during the November 29th, 2017 Design Commission meeting.  Specifically, the door and window casing will be clear Douglas Fir with clear finish. 
  1. Due to discrepancies in exhibit 1, the only approved plan drawing regarding the fence, bench, and related layout dimensions is the drawing titled “New Patio + Storefont Plan” on sheet A2.
  1. The Design Commission authorizes a modification to the drawing on sheet A2, “New Patio + Storefont Plan”.  The applicant has the option to eliminate the cedar fence that surrounds the concrete planter, provided the concrete planter matches the height of the cedar fence.  It shall be positioned such that the face of the planter is flush with the street side face of the cedar fence, with a gap of no more than 1 inch between the fence and the planter. 
Vote passed 6-0-0.
Chair Erwin will not be present for a meeting on December 13, 2017.
The next scheduled meeting is for December 13, 2017
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:40pm.

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