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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Call to Order:

Vice-Chair Marcia Dawson called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 


Roll Call:

Vice-Chair Marcia Dawson, Commissioners Emmett Maloof, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, Carla Weinheimer, and George Wittman were present.  Chairman Bryan Caditz and Callie Ridolfi were absent. 


Staff Present:

Richard Hart, Development Services Director, Louis Webster, Associate Planner, Jimmi Maulding, ROW Maintenance Supervisor and Katie Knight, Assistant City Attorney were present.



There were no changes to the minutes of January 11, 2006.  The minutes were approved by consent.  




Action Item #1: 


The City Staff and the Design Commission have been approached during recent Town Center development project approval requests to include hanging baskets with flowers on city light poles as part of their landscaping plans.  One project, 7800 Plaza, at the northeast corner of SE 27th St. and 78th Ave SE, had included such a design feature as part of their landscape plan.  One additional project, Aljoya Assisted Living Center, on 76th Ave SE, has also requested in their revised landscape plan that they be allowed to include hanging baskets on city light poles.  There was discussion only, no decision. 


Richard Hart and Jimmi Maulding gave the staff presentation. 


There was no public comment.  This was not a public hearing.


Staff will come back with more information at a subsequent Design Commission meeting.


Action Item #2:


The applicant, Lighthouse Properties, owners of the Washington Mutual Bank Building, is requesting a minor exterior building modification, including approval of 4 canopy additions to the existing building and site.  The applicant proposes 4 new awnings to be located entirely on the applicant’s property at building entrances on the north, east and southeast sides.


Louis Webster gave the staff report and noted that the proposal was subject to Design Commission review according to City Code.  Staff recommended denial of the proposal with no conditions because of failure by the applicant to meet the following Town Center design standards:  MICC Sections 19.11.050 (B) (1) (b); 19.11.060 (B) (12 and 14); and 19.11.070 (B) (1 and 2).


Robin Rosauer, 3510 207th Ave. SE, Sammamish, WA   98075, building owner spoke in favor of the proposal.


Ralph Swanson, 18500 Skog Court, Poulsbo, WA, the applicant, Lighthouse Properties, spoke in favor of the proposal.


John Small, Rainier Industries 2206 ˝ N. 29th Street, Tacoma, WA   98403, spoke in favor of the proposal.


It was moved by Commissioner Wittman and seconded by Commissioner Maloof to:

Continue the meeting to May 10, 2006 and ask the applicant to come back with specific changes to the proposal that address Design Commission concerns. 


It was moved by Commissioner Wittman and seconded by Commissioner Maloof to:

Amended the motion to include the following: 1) a different detailing solution for the columns or support structures, showing a less heavy look with different material, such as the anodized aluminum window frame material; 2) the corner awning distinguished hierarchically from the three other awning structures; 3) the canopy structure rendered in a method that is stylistically consistent with the building complex through similar colors, materials and finishes.

Motion passed 3-2.


Main motion passed 3-2.





Council Liaison:  Dan Grausz was absent.


Directors Comments:  Ad Hoc Committee meeting on possible changes to the design standards is progressing well.  One last meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2006.  The Council will consider the recommendation on June 5, 2006.  The new Associate Planner, Louis Webster, was introduced.


Commissioner Comments:

Commissioner Dawson asks the Commission to make motions with details for the applicant.  Commissioner Maloof asks that the Commission keep on track and to the point, referring to specific code sections. 


Next Regular Meeting:

The next regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting will be May 10, 2006. 


Commissioner Absences:

Commissioner Maloof will be absent for the May 24, 2005 meeting.


Adjournment:   9:21 PM


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