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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chair Emmett Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
Chair Emmett Maloof, Vice-Chair Richard Erwin, and Commissioners Colin Brandt, Nadine Laszlo, and Tami Szerlip were present. Commissioner Tian arrived at 7:07 PM. Commissioner Susanne Foster was absent.
Scott Greenberg, Development Services Group Director, Chris Tubbs, Fire Chief, and Shana Crick, Planner, were present.
The Design Commission reviewed the minutes from the April 10, 2013 meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously as written.
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Preliminary Discussions regarding the design of Fire Station 92 to be located at 8473 SE 68th Street and AGENDA ITEM #2 – Parking variance request for Fire Station 92 to be located at 8473 SE 68th Street
Shana Crick provided a brief staff report for the two agenda items, and explained that Mercer Island City Code section 19.15.040(D)(4) requires consultation by the Design Commission on the design of the building and  preliminary recommendations from the Design Commission as to aesthetic, environmental and design principles and objectives. However, the Design Commission is the decision authority, in conjunction with the Code Official and the City Engineer, on the requested parking variance.
Scott Wolf, of The Miller Hull Partnership, provided a presentation for the applicant addressing building design and the parking variance request. Mr. Wolf responded to questions from the Commission.
Joel Wachs, of 7635 SE 29th Street, who is a member of the City’s Open Space Conservancy Trust, discussed the location of the proposed bicycle racks in the adjacent park.
The Design Commissioners provided feedback on the proposed fire station, and deliberated on the requested parking variance.
Commission Richard Erwin moved to approve a parking variance for the property located at 8473 SE 68th Street to allow for a reduction of required parking stalls from forty to seven in conjunction with the construction of a new fire station and to eliminate the requirement in MICC 19.05.020(B)(8) for loading space, as shown in Exhibit 1.
Commissioner Tami Szerlip seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
AGENDA ITEM #3 – Election of Design Commission Chair and Vice-Chair
Commissioner Richard Erwin nominated himself to be Chair of the Design Commission.  Commissioner Tami Szerlip seconded the nomination. Commissioner Erwin was elected unanimously as Chair.
Commissioner Tami Szerlip nominated Colin Brandt as Vice-Chair of the Design Commission.  Commissioner Nadine Laszlo seconded the motion. Commissioner Brandt was elected unanimously as Vice-Chair.
A Council Liaison report was not given, but thanked Chair Emmett Maloof for his many years of volunteer service on the Design Commission.
There are no scheduled Commissioner absences. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 12, 2013.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Maloof adjourned the meeting at 8:17 PM.

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