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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Call to Order:

Chairman Bryan Caditz called the meeting to order at 7:37 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 


Roll Call:

Chairman Bryan Caditz, Vice-Chair Dawson, Commissioners, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, Carla Weinheimer, and George Wittman were present.  Commissioners Emmett Maloof and Callie Ridolfi were excused absences.  There were no unexcused absences. 


Staff Present:

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



There were no changes to the minutes of September 28, 2005.  The minutes were approved by consent.   





Action Item #1:

The applicant, Bill Stalzer for Island Market Square, requested design approval for changes to the approved design for Building A at Island Market Square.  The proposed change was to substitute glass balcony panels for the approved red metal balcony panels on the south and east elevations.


Shelley Bolser gave the staff report and summarized staff recommended conditions.


Bill Stalzer of 603 Stewart St, Ste 419 in Seattle, and Jim Badoia of Mithun at 1201 Alaskan Way, Ste 200 in Seattle gave the applicant presentation.


There were no public comments.


Commissioners had questions and comments about the following items:

         Apparent changes to elevations and roofline from the approved design

         Balcony railings on Building A and other buildings

         Reasons for the change of balcony panels


The applicant and staff provided clarification for the Commissionersí information, including which changes were before the Design Commission for review and action. 



Vice-Chair Dawson moved, and Commissioner Weinheimer seconded, to grant design approval to substitute glass balcony panels for red metal balcony panels on the south and east facades of Building A of Island Market Square, located on SE 28th St between 78th Ave SE and 80th Ave SE, as shown on the materials date stamped August 26, 2005 and October 12, 2005.  This finding is in accordance with MICC Section 19.11 Town Center Development and Design Standards, and Section 19.15.040(D) and (F) of the Mercer Island Code.


The motion passed by a vote of 4-1, Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli dissenting.





Council Liaison Report:

Councilmember Jim Pearman explained future changes to the I-90 roadway and HOV lanes, including option R8A. 


Director Comments:

Director Hart and Councilmember Pearman discussed with the Commission the item from the last agenda regarding Design Commission meeting time limits. 


Commissioner Comments:

Commissioners noted the need for complete plans and details, given the limited time for meetings.  Commissioners also requested a report on the threshold for additional Design Commission review regarding changes to a project after final design approval. 


Next Regular Meeting:

The next Design Commission meeting is scheduled for October 26, 2005 at 7:30 PM.  Sterling Savings seeks design approval for five wall signs, and Covenant Shores seeks design approval for changes to approved final design. 


Commissioner Absences:

Commissioner Dawson noted that she will be absent from the October 26, 2005 Design Commission meeting.  Commissioner Maloof notified staff previously that he would also be absent from the October 26, 2005 meeting. 


Adjournment:   9:02 PM


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