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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Chair Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:28 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
Commissioners Steve Bryan,Susanne Foster, Vice-Chair Scott Kuznicki, Chair Emmett Maloof, Donald McLaughlin, and Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, were present.  Commissioners Loosmore was absent. 
George Steirer, Principal Planner, was present
Chair Maloof motioned to approve the minutes from January 12, 2011.  The minutes were approved by acclamation.
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Open record public hearing: Addition to The Mercer
George Steirer, Principal Planner, provided a staff presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission.
Wes Wood of Dollar Development provided the presentation for the applicant and answered questions from the Design Commission.
Chair Maloof opened the hearing for public testimony at 7:54 PM.  No one requested to speak, and the public hearing was closed at 7:55 PM.
Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to grant preliminary approval for the new addition, identified as permit number DSR10-023, and depicted in Exhibits 1 through 5, in the March 9, 2011 staff report to the Design Commission and authorize the Design Commission Chair to sign findings of facts on behalf of the Design Commission with the following conditions of approval:
1. In order for the design of the project to meet MICC 19.11.065.B.14. the cornice line of the proposed addition should align with the existing adjacent cornice line of the base of the building, window heads should align with the window head of adjacent windows and similar detailing as well as the scoring in the stucco, and any stormwater drain structure should be dealt with in a concealed manner to be consistent with the existing building.
2. Pursuant to MICC 19.11.100.B.7, the applicant shall provide a minimum of 6.28 square feet of landscaping to the project, which could include a green roof, or on the sidewalk (in a location approved by the City Engineer), but preferably in the sidewalk if approved by the City Engineer. 
Commissioner McLaughlin seconded the motion.  The motion passed with five ‘yeas’, zero ‘nays’, and one abstention.

AGENDA ITEM #2 – Open record public hearing: Starbucks Canopy Addition
George Steirer, Principal Planner, gave the staff report and answered questions of the commission.
Tom Spader, of Freiheit & Ho Architects, representing Starbucks, gave the applicant’s presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission. Mr. Spader provided a modified plan to that which was originally submitted on March 2, 2011.
Commissioner Bryan stated 15 to 25 years ago he did several projects involving one of the principals as well as Freiheit & Ho Architects, but felt it would not have any bearing on his ability to make an unbiased decision on the application.  Steirer asked if anyone had any objection to Commissioner Bryan participating in the decision.  No one raised an objection.
Chair Maloof opened the public hearing at 8:44 PM.  No one requested to speak, and the public hearing was closed at 8:44 PM.
The Design Commission deliberated.
Commissioner Bryan moved, pursuant to MICC 19.15.040.F.4, that the Design Commission approve the application for final design review approval based on the revised submission of March 9, 2011, Exhibits 4, 5, and 6.
Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded the motion. The motion passed with five ‘yeas’ and one ‘nay’. 
AGENDA ITEM #3 – Approval of Revision to the Design Commission Bylaws
Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to approve the proposed revision to the bylaws without discussion. 
Chair Maloof agreed/seconded the motion.  The motion passed with six ‘yeas’ and no ‘nays’.
Staff stated that code changes to the review authority of minor exterior modifications and wireless communication facilities will be moving forward through the Planning Commission and City Council this year, as previously requested by the Design Commission. The Planning Commission needs to complete the work on the Shoreline Master Program first.
Chair Maloof discussed attendance at the joint training session coming up on March 23rd
7:00 meeting is confirmed by the Design Commission

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