CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
Chair Emmett Maloof, Vice-Chair Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, and Commissioners Colin Brandt, Susanne Foster, Tami Szerlip, and Hui Tian were present.
Shana Crick, Planner; George Steirer, Principal Planner; and Tim Stewart, Development Services Group Director, were present.
MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:
The minutes from the February 8, 2012 meeting were approved by consent.
Councilmember Cero was introduced as the new liaison to the Design Commission.
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Public Hearing: Island Crest Way Apartments
Chair Maloof began the agenda item by stating that Commissioner Hui Tian is a neighbor of the applicant, Tom Gallagher. Chair Maloof asked if this would pose a conflict of interest or an appearance of fairness issue and whether Commissioner Tian could remain impartial throughout the meeting. Commissioner Hui Tian stated that she could remain impartial. Chair Maloof asked if there was anyone on the Design Commission or in the audience who would like to contest Commissioner Tian’s participation. No one had an objection to Commissioner Tian’s participation in the meeting.
Shana Crick, Planner, gave the staff presentation, which included introducing the Island Crest Way Apartments proposal, and responding to questions from the Design Commission.
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.
Tor-Jan Ronhovde (14900 Interurban Avenue South, Suite 138, Tukwila, WA 98168) of Ronhovde Architects provided an applicant presentation and answered questions from the Design Commission.
Chair Maloof opened the public meeting and open record public hearing at 7:45 PM. Sarah Weinberg of 3304 81st Place SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040 spoke to the Commission regarding the proposal. The Chair closed the public meeting and open record public hearing at 7:51 PM.
The Commission deliberated the proposal and asked additional questions of the applicant and of staff.
Vice Chair Pirzio-Biroli motioned to grant Mercer Island Co-Investment, L.L.C. preliminary design approval for a proposed six unit multifamily development to be located at 3210 Island Crest Way as demonstrated in Exhibit 1 and as conditioned by the March 14, 2012 staff report to the Design Commission, provided that Exhibit 1 shall be modified as follows:
To comply with MICC 19.12.030(B)(5)(a), the applicant shall improve the entrance design to enhance and clarify the path to the entry by a) broadening the landing at the bottom of the access stair on the northeast corner of the proposed building and b) by providing additional art in proportion to the building.
To comply with MICC 19.12.050(B)(2)(a), the applicant shall remove the proposed striping in Exhibit 1 in the existing access easement, and provide improvement to the shared gravel path on the south side of the site adjacent to the Mercer Island Townhouses Association, including a landscaped stairway that meets or exceeds the applicable building code for shared use by the common properties.
To comply with MICC 19.12.030(B)(3)(a) and 19.12.030(B)(4)(d), the applicant shall add climbing vegetation to the northwest concrete walls to match the scale and texture of the proposed green screens on the west side of the building.
To comply with MICC 19.12.030(B)(7)(a), the applicant shall refine the details for the glass railings to bring columns and top rail more in proportion by making the columns smaller and terminating in a proportionate top rail.
The conditions proposed by the motion were added to the record as Exhibit 7.
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Brandt and passed unanimously.
Councilmember Cero gave the Council Liaison’s report and discussed the March 5, 2012 City Council meeting. Councilmember Cero informed the Design Commission that the City Council would be revisiting Mercer Island City Code (MICC) Section 19.11.020(C)(1), which addresses the ground floor use of buildings in the Town Center including the “40/60” rule and the “no net loss provision.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is April 11, 2012. The March 28, 2012 meeting has been canceled.
There are no scheduled Commissioner absences.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Maloof adjourned the meeting at 8:58 PM.