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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Call To Order:

Chairman Glick called the regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting to order at 7:38 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 


Roll Call:

Chairman Fred Glick, Vice Chair Norman Sandler, Commissioners Brian Caditz, Marcia Dawson, Callie Ridolfi and George Wittman were present.  Commissioner Lucia Pirzio-Biroli was absent.


Staff Present:

Richard Hart, Development Services Director and Shelley Krueger, Associate Planner.



Vice Chair Sandler  moved, Commissioner Dawson seconded, to approve the minutes of October 27th, 2004.  The minutes were approved by a vote of 6-0.


Regular Business:


Action Item #1: The applicant, Lee Suk-Bong, requested Design Approval for the construction of a 1,656 square foot porte-cochere addition to the existing building located at 3006 78th Ave SE.  This addition is located on the north side of the building, adjacent to Corry’s Dry Cleaning.  The applicant had come before the Design Commission for approval of this addition on September 8, 2004.  The Design Commission passed a motion to continue the hearing on November 10, 2004. 


Commissioner Wittman stated that he had ex-parte contact with the manager and employees of Corry’s while processing his dry cleaning, but felt it had no impact on his decision at this meeting. 


Shelley Krueger, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report.  Ms. Krueger described the proposed changes to the original proposal.  These changes included:

·         Reduction in the height of the roof peak to 19’10”

·         Change from a gabled peak to a flat roof structure with two pyramidal skylights

·         Reduction in the use of polycarbonate material

·         Use of brick cladding on the north supports

·         A wide metal fascia painted the same color as the existing building fascia


Vice Chair Sandler corrected the staff report, noting that the proposed porte cochere is actually 1925 square feet instead of 1656 square feet. 


The staff report included a power point presentation by Director Hart showing various roof canopies in the Town Center. 


Chairman Glick asked for the applicant presentation.  Young Kim of NW Architecture presented the proposal for Corry’s Dry Cleaning.  Mr. Kim clarified the canopy size and agreed with Vice Chair Sandler on the correction.  He also explained the proposed changes and stated that they would continue to work with the City on the question of saving or removing the tree on the northwest corner of the property.  They are intending to submit for signage separately from this application.  Mr. Kim presented an example of the type of light bulb to be used and stated that recessed ceiling lighting removes the need for shielding.  He intends to reduce the number of lights from the original proposal. 


The Commissioners had questions and received the following responses from the applicant and staff regarding the proposal:

·         The height still exceeds the height of the existing building, but is necessary to allow the carbon dioxide truck to make deliveries to the portal near the entrance to Corry’s.  This portal accesses the carbon dioxide tank and can’t be relocated.  The delivery truck needs thirteen feet of clearance height located no more than 10 feet away from the portal.

·         The additional height beyond 13’ clearance is proposed to provide ventilation.    

·         The other options presented were rejected by the applicant. 

·         There are no setbacks for structures in the Town Center, with the exception of 15 feet of sidewalk required along 78th Ave SE.

·         The applicant proposes to use “bronze” color polycarbonate.

·         A good faith estimate from a licensed contractor has not been received, but can be included as a condition of design approval.  If the amount is more than $25,000, the applicant will need to pay the appropriate design review fee. 

·         The sections of the code that apply to this proposal are:

o        19.11.010

o        19.11.060

o        19.11.070

o        19.11.090

o        19.11.110


Commissioners had the following comments:

·         The tree on the northwest corner should be saved.  Root pruning, root barriers and branch pruning can be completed during construction to prevent damage to the tree and future damage to the structure.

·         The support columns need to be more substantial to match the existing structure and more architectural detail is needed on the support columns; reflect materials, forms, and colors found in the existing structure.

·         The roof structure needs to be reduced in length, proportionate to the existing structure, and attached to the building.

·         The proposed porte-cochere is much larger than other such structures in the Town Center and it’s 232% more area and 5 feet higher than the Shell gas station canopy across the street.  The proposed addition is out of scale with Town Center developments and the existing building.

·         The 66 foot long canopy is a long structure and needs modulation, preferably into thirds.

·         It is not necessary to increase the roof height for ventilation.

·         The Design Commission needs the following information in order to adequately review the proposed structure:

o        A reflected ceiling plan

o        Materials and colors board

o        Framing and structural integration with existing structure details

o        Parapet details

o        Lighting plan

·         The north support columns are clad in brick; the south columns should be clad in the same material for consistency

·         The brick piers need to pick up the same detail as found in the existing building façade for consistency

·         The sidewalk adjacent to the building will need to be demolished during porte-cochere construction; the applicant can install a wider sidewalk to accommodate for the wider brick piers on the south side.

·         White flashing is currently proposed for the fascia; this should be changed to a neutral tone for consistency with the existing structure.

·         Varied rooflines are listed in MICC 19.11.060.  The applicant should use varied roofline and fascia to modulate the scale of the structure as required in MICC 19.11.060(B)(10).


Vice Chair Sandler also presented the commissioners, staff, and applicant with a sketch he had done showing an example of modulation for the porte-cochere. 



Vice Chair Sandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Ridolfi, that after reviewing the applicable criteria for minor exterior modifications in the Town Center, the Design Commission will continue this hearing to allow the applicant to return with a revised proposal taking into consideration the following:


1.       MICC 19.11.010(B)(2), “Scale and Form,”  implementing modulation and reduction in size of structure.

2.       MICC 19.11.060(B)(10), “Roofs,”  implementing fascia and roof structure modulation, as well as a reduction in roof height. 

3.       MICC 19.11.060(B)(12), “Corner Lots,”  indicating architectural details and treatment to emphasize the corner and reflect existing conditions found in the structure.

4.       MICC 19.11.060(B)(14), “Consistency,”    implementing thicker columns on the north and south sides of the porte-cocheres using the same architectural detail, materials, and colors as found in the existing structure. 

5.       MICC 19.11.090(B), “Lighting,”  providing a lighting plan and reflected ceiling plan that addresses the requirements of this section.

6.       Provide the following in the next design submittal package for the proposed porte-cochere:

o        Colors and Materials board

o        Fascia detail for the proposed addition

o        Framing detail for the proposed addition

o        Reflected ceiling plan showing details

o        Lighting Plan or other lighting studies

o        Ground perspective sketch highlighting the northwest corner showing the proposed addition to demonstrate mass, scale form and integration with existing landscape.


The motion passed by a vote of 5-0 at 9:17pm.  (Commissioner Caditz left prior to the motion.)




Director’s Comments:                         

Director Hart asked if Marcia Dawson would be able to attend the Arts Council meeting on December 8, 2004 addressing the stone benches proposed for the public right of way in front of Newell Court.  Commissioner Dawson indicated she would be able to attend.  Director Hart also asked for volunteers from the Design Commission for a meeting 11/22/04 with the Arts Council on potential Town Center development.  Chairman Glick nominated Vice Chair Sandler for the November 22, 2004 meeting.  Vice Chair Sandler volunteered for the 11/22/2004 Arts Council meeting.


Commissioner Wittman indicated that he had attended the Arts Council meeting addressing the art for the Sound Transit Park and Ride.  The artist is Julie Berger.  Commissioner Wittman felt the design was well done.  


Council Liaison Report:                      

Jim Pearman, Council Liaison, stated that the City Council has been working on approving the budget.  Concerns include the potential 1% rise in property taxes or optional cuts in services.


The Council has also started on the Luther Burbank park public outreach process.  The Luther Burbank project will involve three public meetings run by a trained facilitator.  The meeting dates are:

  • 11/13/2004 from 9-11:30am
  • 12/2/2004 from 7-9pm
  • 1/11/2005 from 7-9pm


Next Regular Meeting:

The next Design Commission meeting is scheduled for December 8th at 7:30 PM.  There are no proposals at this time.    


Commissioner Absences:

All Commissioners indicated that they could attend the next meeting. 


Adjournment:  9:45 PM


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