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Wednesday, May 14, 2008



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



Chair Bryan Caditz, Commissioners Scott Kuznicki, Emmett Maloof, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, and George Wittman were present.  Council Liaison Dan Grausz was present.  There was a quorum.



Steve Lancaster, Development Services Director, Katie Knight, Acting City Attorney, George Steirer, Principal Planner and Shana Restall, Planner, were present.  



The minutes of February 27, 2008 were approved.




AGENDA ITEM #1 – Study Session – Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club PEAK Project


Principal Planner, George Steirer, provided project information to the Design Commission, as well as a summary of the first study session, which was held on June 27, 2007.


Ed Weinstein, of Weinstein A/U, representing the PEAK project, gave a presentation and overview of the project.


Mr. Weinstein, the applicant’s representative, answered questions from the Commission regarding a rain collection system, building modulation, proposed screening, main entry architecture (porch feature), signage, color scheme, bicycle/pedestrian path network, and incorporation of human scale (sinking the building).



AGENDA ITEM #2 – Open Record Public Hearing – 9555 Building Final Design Review, File DSR07-018


George Steirer, Principal Planner, provided a brief overview of the project, discussed how the current proposal meets the conditions of approval issued at the Preliminary Design Commission Meeting, and recommended final design approval, as presented in the submittal packet marked Exhibit 1.


Applicant, Arthur Chang, of Freiheit and Ho Architects, gave a presentation and overview of the project. Mr. Chang discussed the changes made to the material palette since preliminary approval and he also described the plans for lighting as well as the trash enclosure.


Mr. Chang proceeded to answer questions from the Commission concerning the appearance of the pedestrian plaza, and the materials and colors proposed.

The Commission further discussed the proposal.


Commissioner Wittman moved to grant final review of the project with the following conditions:

1.             The applicant shall include something in the public plaza to discourage vehicular use.

2.             The concrete used for the building must be a natural unpainted color, exposed aggregate, or natural finish.


Commissioner Kuznicki seconded the motion.


The Commission further discussed the pedestrian plaza. Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli asked whether changes to the plaza requested by the Commission need to be brought back to the Commission?


Commissioner Caditz stated that staff could review the changes to the plaza.


Commissioner Kuznicki amended the motion to modify the first condition. Commissioner Kuznicki suggested that the first condition read:

1.             Grant final design review with a treatment that provides sufficient marking to distinguish plaza from vehicular access.


The amendment was not seconded.


The Commission voted unanimously to grant preliminary design review approval for the project as conditioned.



  • Council Liaison report by Council Member Dan Grausz;
  • Commissioner Wittman to resign due to term limit;
  • Development Services Director, Steve Lancaster, informed Commissioners of a potential change in code affecting them.
  • Commissioner Maloof may not be at the June 11, 2008 meeting.  It is uncertain as to whether there will be a quorum.


ADJOURNMENT:           9:53 PM


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