CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
Chair Maloof and Commissioners Colin Brandt, Susanne Foster, Bert Loosmore, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, and Hui Tian were present.
Don Cole, Building Official; Shana Crick, Planner; and George Steirer, Principal Planner; were present.
MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:
The minutes from the November 9, 2011 meeting were approved by consent.
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Public Meeting: Island Crest Way Apartments
Prior to beginning the public meeting, Chair Maloof asked if anyone had a conflict of interest or an appearance of fairness issue. Commissioner Hui Tian stated that there may be a possibility of an appearance of fairness concern, as she is a neighbor of the applicant, Tom Gallagher. Commissioner Tian confirmed that she felt she could be impartial in her review of the proposal. Chair Maloof asked if anyone had an objection to Commissioner Tian participating in the design review process. No one opposed her participation.
Shana Crick, Planner, gave the staff presentation, which included introducing the Island Crest Way Apartments proposal, and responding to questions from the Design Commission.
Don Cole, Building Official, answered questions from the Commissioners.
Tor-Jan Ronhovde (14900 Interurban Avenue S, Ste. 138, Tukwila, WA 98168) of Ronhovde Architects provided an applicant presentation and answered questions from the Design Commission. Mr. Ronhovde confirmed that the “optional raised roof element” will be constructed and should be included within the design review of the project.
Tom Gallagher (4243 Shoreclub Drive, Mercer Island, WA 98040) of Mercer Island Co-Investment, L.L.C. also addressed the Commission and responded to questions.
The Commission deliberated the application and identified specific sections of the Mercer Island City Code that they felt the applicant still needed to address, which include but are not limited to: MICC 19.12.020(B)(1)(a), MICC 19.12.020(B)(3)(e), MICC 19.12.030(B)(3)(a), MICC 19.12.030(B)(4), MICC 19.12.030(B)(5), MICC 19.12.030(B)(7)(a, b, and c), MICC 19.12.040(B)(1), MICC 19.12.040(B)(8)(b), MICC 19.12.050(B)(2), and MICC 19.12.070(B)(4).
Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli motioned to put on hold the application for the 3210 Island Crest Way Apartments until the March 14, 2012 Design Commission meeting with the understanding that the Design Commission will attempt to grant both preliminary and final design approval with conditions at the March 14, 2012 meeting.
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Brandt and passed unanimously.
Councilmember Cero has been appointed to the Design Commission as liaison.
There are no scheduled Commissioner absences.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is March 14, 2012.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Maloof adjourned the meeting at 10:38 PM.