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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Chair Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
Chair Maloof and Commissioners Susanne Foster, Bert Loosmore, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, and Tami Szerlip and were present.
Shana Crick, Planner, and George Steirer, Principal Planner, were present.
The minutes from the October 12, 2011 meeting were approved by consent.
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Study Session: Island Crest Way Apartments
Shana Crick, Planner, introduced the Island Crest Way Apartments proposal for the study session and responded to questions from the Design Commission.
Tom Gallagher (4243 Shoreclub Drive, Mercer Island, WA 98040) and Tor Jan Ronhovde (14900 Interurban Ave South, Ste. 138, Tukwila, WA 98168) gave presentations and responded to questions from the Design Commission
The Commissioners provided feedback concerning landscaping requirements, the visibility of the parking area, and the location of the building on the lot.
Councilmember Bassett gave the Council Liaison’s report. He stated that he had been re-elected and that the swearing in will be held in January. Additionally, he provided an update regarding the appointments for the vacant Design Commission positions. Commissioner Bassett also confirmed that the two Design Commission initiated ordinances concerning Wireless Communications Facilities and Minor Exterior Modifications in the Town Center had been approved by the City Council. Lastly, Councilmember Bassett informed the Commission that Council Liaison appointments would be made soon.
Staff conducted an election for Vice Chair.  George Steirer explained the process to the Commission. Commissioner Szerlip nominated Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli. Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli accepted the nomination and was elected Vice Chair with 5 yahs and 0 nays.
There are no scheduled Commissioner absences.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is December 14, 2011.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Maloof adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

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