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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Call to Order:

Chairman Bryan Caditz called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

 

Roll Call:

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

 

Staff Present:

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

 

Minutes:

There were no changes to the minutes of October 12, 2005. The minutes were approved by consent.

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

Action Item #1:

The applicant, Sterling Savings, requested Design Commission approval for five wall signs at 7803 SE 27th St (Island Square development) in the Town Center.

 

Shelley Bolser gave the staff report and noted that staff had recommended denial of the request since the proposal did not appear to meet code requirements.

 

Mark McKinlay of Tube Art at 4810 Jaremko, Mead, Washington gave the applicant presentation. Mr. McKinlay handed copies of a revised signage proposal to the Commission and staff.

 

There were no public comments.

 

Commissioners had questions and comments about the following items:

         The second proposal of three signs is more desirable than five signs

         The second proposal covers pilasters with signage, which detracts from the architecture

         The rotunda sign exceeds wall sign size and number requirements, but is artistic, creative, and an integral part of the architecture

         Signage should be placed between pilasters and centered within bays

         Design Commission approved "signage zone" on this building appears to cover pilasters

 

The applicant and staff provided clarification for the Commissionersí information.

 

Commission Weinheimer moved, and Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded, to grant design approval for signage shown in the original proposal date stamped October 5, 2005, with the exception of the pilaster signs on either side of the rotunda. The applicant is given discretion as to in which bay the signage will be located. This decision incorporates the findings of the staff report and is in accordance with MICC Section 19.11.

 

Chairman Caditz made a friendly motion, accepted by Commissioner Weinheimer as the maker of the motion, to make a specific finding that the proposal as approved meets all requirements of MICC 19.11.120(B)(2)(f).

 

The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

 

 

Action Item #2:

The applicant, Covenant Shores, requested design approval for changes to the approved design for the Voyager Building at Covenant Shores, located at 9142 North Mercer Way. The proposed changes included deletion of a covered walkway from the design, removal of white grids on sliding glass doors, removal of some picket railing, and change to an entry roof form.

 

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

 

H. Todd Kilburn of Sandler Kilburn Architects at 1661 E. Olive Way in Seattle gave the applicant presentation. Mr. Kilburn noted that there are no resident services in either the Voyager or adjacent Lighthouse Building that would warrant a covered walkway connection. Both buildings are either independent residential and/or assisted living.

 

There were no public comments.

 

Commissioners had questions and comments about the following items:

         Removal of the covered walkway improves the architectural features of the building

         Removal of the covered walkway will improve feasibility of plantings in that area

 

Commission Weinheimer moved, and Commissioner Wittman seconded, to grant design approval for all proposed design changes for the development located at 9142 North Mercer Way, as presented on the submittal packet date stamped October 6, 2005. This decision incorporates the findings of the staff report and is in accordance with MICC Chapter 19.12.

 

The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Council Liaison Report:

Councilmember Jim Pearman described the construction progress of the Mercer Island Community Center, and the possibility for a tour. The Design Commission indicated they would like to attend and requested a tour prior to November 17, 2005.

 

Director Comments:

Director Hart noted that this is Shelley Bolserís last day with the City.

 

Next Regular Meeting:

There are no items scheduled for the next meeting. If a submittal is received by Monday, October 31, there will be a regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting on November 9, 2005. The next regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting following that will be November 23, 2005.

 

Commissioner Absences:

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli noted that she will be absent from the November 23, 2005 meeting.

 

Adjournment: 8:30 PM

 

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