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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Chairman Bryan Caditz, Commissioner called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
Chair Bryan Caditz, Vice-Chair Carla Weinheimer, Commissioners, George Wittman, Lucia Pirizio-Biroli and Emmett Maloof were present.  Commissioner Scott Kuznicki excused absent.  Council Liaison Dan Grausz was absent.  There was a quorum.
Travis Saunders Planner, and Matt Torpey, Planner, were present.  Assistant City Attorney Katie Knight was present.
The minutes of December 12, 2007 were approved

Agenda Item #1: French American School, located at 3795 E Mercer Way- Public Meeting
Staff planner, Travis Saunders, provided project information to the Design Commission and recommended preliminary design approval, with conditions.
Staff answered questions of the Commission regarding pedestrian paths, parking, and the 2003 Design Commission approval of the existing building. 
Leslie Bain and Kirsten Wild, of Weinstein A/U, and Karen Kiest, of Karen Kiest Landscape Architects, representing the French American School, gave a presentation and overview of the project.
The applicant proceeded to answer questions of the Commission regarding window eyebrows, sunscreens, landscape placement and survival, and the existing garbage facility capacity.
Commission Chair Caditz opened public comment.
Castiana Pine, of 4043 92nd Avenue SE, parent of French American student, spoke in support of the proposal.
The Commission further discussed the proposal and asked additional questions of the applicant regarding visibility of rooftop equipment, sun screens and parapets, building insets and vegetation, roof top variation, and painting of utility doors to match wall color.
Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to approve the preliminary design review of the project with the following conditions:
  1. Additional plantings shall be placed along the western property boundary abutting 9725 SE 36th Street, (The Globe Building), consistent with MICC 19.12.040(B)(8)(b). 
  2. In addition to the proposed wheel stops in stalls 1-14, as depicted in Drawing 2 - Exhibit 1- wheel stops shall be placed in stalls 25-40, and 62-66 to protect landscape areas.
  3. Along the site entry driveway, a physical barrier (curb or landscaping) shall be placed, separating vehicular and pedestrian use. Pedestrian access entering the site shall be repaired where tree roots have protruded upward, buckling the asphalt walkway.
  4. Pedestrian access shall be improved, providing continuity between site and building entrances via a new walkway, adding painted crosswalks where pedestrian access crosses driveways.
  5. Per MICC 19.15 MICC 19.15.040(F)(1)(d)(iii), if the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of the notice of the final design review decision, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire. The design commission or code official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the expiration date.
  6. The proposalís south elevation insets shall be treated with heavier vertical vegetation and the electrical box be painted the same as the insets.  Applicant to further study the north elevation to ensure roofline variation is consistent with code.
Commissioner Wittman seconded the motion.
The Commission voted unanimously to grant preliminary approval the project.
Exclusion of non applicable code sections within staff reports
Meeting minutes content
Commission Vacancy
The next regular meeting will be January 23, 2008.    
Chair Caditz adjourned the meeting at 8:47 PM.

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