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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Call to Order:

Associate Planner Shelley Bolser called the regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting to order at 7:43 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 

 

Roll Call:

Vice-Chair Marcia Dawson, Commissioners Bryan Caditz, Emmett Maloof, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, and George Wittman were present.  Commissioners Callie Ridolfi and Carla Weinheimer were absent.  Commissioner Maloof left the meeting at 10:04pm.

 

Staff Present:

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

 

Selection of New Chair:

Commissioner Wittman nominated Commission Caditz for Chair (Commissioner Maloof seconded).

Commissioner Caditz was elected Chair by a vote of 5-0.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of July 13, 2005 were approved by a vote of 5-0.

 

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

Action Item #1:

The applicant, Sound Transit, requested final design approval for a new Park and Ride structure at 8000 North Mercer Way.

 

Shelley Bolser gave the staff report and noted that the applicant had proposed 9 light fixtures on the north façade, therefore staff wished to remove condition #2 from the recommended motion.  Mrs. Bolser also noted that there were additional public comment letters handed out before the start of the meeting from Tom Donahue of 2284 78th Ave SE and Michael Jones of 2297 78th Ave SE. 

 

Katy Cheney of URS at 1501 4th Ave, Ste 1400 in Seattle WA, Rob Fazio of Nakano and Associates at 300 E. Pike St in Seattle WA, Julie Berger, artist for the Sound Transit Park and Ride, and Larry Yuan of YnA at 1932 First Ave, Ste 605 in Seattle WA gave the applicant presentation.

 

One individual offered public comment.  Tom Donahue of 2284 78th Ave SE expressed concerns regarding the orientation of shelters and exposure to wind and rain, as well as the condition of the landscaping at the west tip of the property. 

 

Commissioners had questions and comments about the following items:

·         Placement of the sculptures and attachment of art screens

·         Patterning in the concrete walls

·         Tree removal

·         Light fixture height at the primary entrance

·         Removal of proposed kiosk

·         Location of seating boulders

·         Landscaping at the west tip of the site

·         Bus shelter orientation

 

Motion:

Vice-Chair Dawson moved, and Commissioner Wittman seconded, to grant final design approval for the proposed development at 8000 North Mercer Way, as presented in the submittal packet date stamped July 1, 2005, in accordance with the following conditions: 

  1. The project shall incorporate the darker perforated metal screen of the options presented, per MICC 19.11.070(B)(4).
  2. Any tree removal requires City Arborist and City Maintenance Department approval prior to issuance of a site development permit.  Existing street trees shall be preserved where possible, unless removal is approved by DSG staff and the City Maintenance Department, per MICC 19.11.100(B)(2)(a).
  3. The applicant shall study and possibly modify the informal pedestrian access across the southeast corner of the site to incorporate a diagonal path from 81st Ave SE to North Mercer Way, per MICC 19.11.110(B)(1)(h)(ii).

 

Commissioner Wittman moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded, to add condition (4):

  1. The pilasters and light fixtures shall be two feet taller to enhance the primary vehicular entrance from North Mercer Way; and two additional seating boulders shall be placed in a random fashion along the south facing wall adjacent to the plaza, per MICC 19.11.050(B)(2)(b)(ii) and 19.11.060(B)(11).

The amendment passed by a vote of 5-0.

 

The main motion, as amended, passed by a vote of 5-0

 

Action Item #2:

The applicant, RW Thorpe for the Mercer Island Country Club, requested preliminary design approval for additions and remodeling of the existing structure at 8700 SE 71st St. 

 

Shelley Bolser gave the staff report and noted that the applicant had proposed 9 light fixtures on the north façade, therefore staff wished to remove condition #2 from the recommended motion.  Mrs. Bolser also noted that there was an additional comment letter from Roger Schubert of 8521 SE 71st St.   

 

Robert Thorpe and Jennifer Lee of RW Thorpe and Associates at 705 2nd Ave, Ste 710 in Seattle WA, Dick Winterbauer of 6500 83rd Place SE in Mercer Island, President of the Mercer Island Country Club board of trustees, and Jay Peterson and David Bertus of Erickson McGovern architects at 120 131st St S. in Tacoma, gave the applicant presentation.

 

Three individuals offered public comment. 

 

Roger Schubert of 8521 SE 71st St passed out a list of signatures of residents who shared the concerns of his public comment letter:

Rita Segelbaum of 8401 SE 71st St

Beverly Hopkins of 8421 SE 71st St

Sandy Schubert of 8521 SE 71st St

Reggie Tas 8501 SE 71st ST

Marianne Osaki of 8481 SE 71st St

John Gallaher of 8461 SE 71st St

Maia Gallaher of 8461 SE 71st St

Emily Hansen of 8410 SE 71st St

Joyce Wang of 8460 SE 71st St

Margery Pentland of 7141 86th Ave SE

Paul Tiscornia of 8621 SE 71st St

 

Paul Tiscornia of 8621 SE 71st St listed concerns of light spillage to adjacent single family properties and landscaping screening of the proposed addition.

 

Dick Driscoll of the Mercer Island Country Club landscape committee described the efforts of the Club to work with neighbors on issues of landscaping and lighting. 

 

Commissioners had questions and comments about the following items:

·         Replacement tree size

·         Perimeter landscaping

·         Plant choices

·         Lighting

·         Parking lot landscaping

·         Screening of rooftop appurtenances

·         Windows and integral window blinds

·         Roofing materials and colors

·         Roof overhang

·         Color scheme

·         Building modulation at the ground level

·         Decorative landmarks

 

Motion:

Commissioner Wittman moved, and Vice-Chair Dawson seconded, to grant preliminary design approval for the proposed addition and remodel at 8700 SE 71st St, as presented in the submittal packet date stamped June 28, 2005, in accordance with the following conditions: 

 

1.        The applicant shall include decorative landmarks, per MICC 19.12.020(B)(3)(e).

2.        The applicant shall plant shrubs maximum three feet on center, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(9)(b)(i).

3.        The applicant shall cover all unplanted areas with mulch at installation, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(11)(a).

4.        The applicant shall provide the following information with the submittal packet for final design review:

a.       Trash enclosure, storage shed, rooftop appurtenance and utility meter screening, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(3)(a), MICC 19.12.060(B)(1), (B)(2), (B)(3), and (B)(5)

b.       Amount of landscaping and amount of impervious surface within landscaped areas per MICC 19.12.040(B)(4)(a) and (b)

c.       Amount of screening on the north property line, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(1) and MICC 19.12.040(B)(8)(a)

d.       Landscape drainage plan, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(11)(h)

e.       Existing and proposed lighting plan, per MICC 19.12.070

f.         Proposed signage, per MICC 19.12.080 (if proposed at this time)

5.        The metal shed roof overhangs shall be increased, per MICC 19.12.030(B)(6)(a).

6.        The applicant shall study the color scheme to provide additional contrast, per MICC 19.12.030(B)(4)(c).

7.        The steel beam at the entry canopy shall be tapered, per MICC 19.12.030(B)(5)(a).

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Wittman seconded, to add condition (8):

8.        The applicant shall study the use of metal lattices to provide modulation on the south elevation, per MICC 19.12.030(B)(2).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Wittman seconded, to add condition (9):

9.        The applicant shall provide a lighting study of existing and proposed building and site lighting to evaluate all objectives found in MICC 19.12.070(A).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Dawson moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded, to add condition (10):

10.     The mature maples on the south building elevation shall be replaced with larger trees of a species that will achieve comparable height at maturity, per MICC 19.12.020(B)(1)(a) and 19.12.040(B)(9)(a).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Dawson moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded, to add condition (11):

11.     The applicant shall provide a full landscape perimeter screen adjacent to SE 71st St.  The trees, shrubs, and planting shall extend past the property line to the edge of the pavement at SE 71st St and indicate the pavement edge on the landscape plans, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(7) and (B)(8).  The applicant shall extend the plantings at the south perimeter of the parking lot to include a double row of shrubs in the area east of the planting island directly east of the west parking lot entry, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(11)(e).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

The main motion, as amended, passed by a vote of 4-0

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Council Liaison Report:

Councilmember Jim Pearman described the City Council decision to include a provision for one potential innovative housing development in the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan amendment. 

 

Vice-Chair Dawson made a request to include time at the end of each meeting for Commissioner Comments.  Staff will add this item to all future agendas.  Vice-Chair Dawson requested that all commissioners to do a site visit for each application. 

 

Director’s Report:

Director Hart commended the Commission on conducting the meeting according to Robert’s Rules of Order.     

 

Next Regular Meeting:

The next Design Commission meeting is scheduled for August 10, 2005 at 7:30 PM.  The Mercer Island Beach Club continued preliminary hearing is scheduled. 

 

Commissioner Absences:

Chairman Caditz, Commissioner Ridolfi and Commissioner Maloof will be absent from the August 10, 2005 meeting. 

 

Adjournment:   10:43 PM

 

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