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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Richard Erwin called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
 
ROLL CALL:
Chair Richard Erwin, Vice-Chair Colin Brandt and Commissioners Susanne Foster, Lara Sanderson, and Tami Szerlip were present. Commissioners Hui Tian and Nadine Laszlo were absent.
 
STAFF PRESENT:
George Steirer, Principal Planner; Travis Saunders, Planner; and Shana Crick, Planner, were present.
 
MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:
The Design Commission reviewed the minutes from the June 12, 2013 meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously as written.
 
REGULAR BUSINESS:

AGENDA ITEM #1 – Public Meeting and Open Record Hearing for Island Park Elementary Portable Classrooms located at 5437 Island Crest Way
Travis Saunders provided the staff presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission
 
Liz Leroy of Allied Construction Management (4160 86th Avenue SE) represented the Mercer Island School District and responded to questions from the Design Commission.
 
Chair Erwin opened the open record hearing at 7:27 PM. Public comments were provided by:
 
  • Kathy Erickson of 8731 SE 52nd Place, Mercer Island, WA 98040
  • Bob Erickson of 8731 SE 52nd Place, Mercer Island, WA 98040
 
The public hearing was closed by Chair Erwin at 7:35 PM.
 
The Commissioners asked additional questions of Mr. Saunders and Ms. Erickson.
 
Commissioner Brandt motioned to grant the Mercer Island School District preliminary and final design approval for two - 1,792 square feet portable classrooms to be located at 5437 Island Crest Way, as demonstrated in Exhibits 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and as conditioned by the June 26, 2013 staff report to the Design Commission and by the Design Commission during the June 26, 2013 meeting, as follows:
 
 
  1. Pursuant to 19.15.040(F)(1)(d)(iii), if the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of the notice of the final design review decision, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire. The code official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the expiration date.
  2. Within sixty days of the Certificate of Occupancy, the applicant shall provide 50 percent coverage of the north façade through the use of the proposed plants and/or berms.
 
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Szerlip. The motion passed unanimously with five yeas and no nays.
 
AGENDA ITEM #2 – Public Meeting and Open Record Hearing for Mercer Island High School Concession Stand and Athletic Conferencing Building located at 9100 SE 42nd Street
Shana Crick provided the staff report for this item and summarized the comments from the Design Commission, which includes the following:
 
  1. Provide school colors (maroon and white) as accents on the proposed structure;
  2. Incorporate garbage and recycling areas into the design;
  3. Additional landscaping is not required for the proposal; and
  4. Horizontal siding is preferred, with no pressed texture.
 
The Design Commission did not have any comments for staff.
 
The applicant’s representative, Liz Leroy of Allied Construction Management (4160 86th Avenue SE), responded to questions from the Design Commission.
 
Commissioner Brandt motioned to grant the Mercer Island School District preliminary and final design approval for a 1,460 square foot concession stand and athletic conferencing building to be located at 9100 SE 42nd Street, as demonstrated in Exhibits 1 and 2, and subject to the following conditions of approval:
 
  1. If the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of the notice of the final design review decision, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire. The design commission or code official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the expiration date.
  2. Any signage proposed subsequent to completion of design review of file number DSR13-008 will be subject to additional design review by the Code Official as required by MICC 19.15.010.
 
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Szerlip.  The motion passed unanimously with five yeas and no nays.
 
AGENDA ITEM #3 – Study Session for the Beckes-Conner Eighteen Unit Multifamily Condominium Development located at 2960 and 2970 76th Avenue SE
The staff report was presented by George Steirer. Mr. Steirer responded to questions from the Design Commission.
 
Alan Boeker of Conner Homes introduced the development team and discussed the project with the Design Commission.
 
Steve Calhoon, of Pace Engineers, discussed the project with the Design Commission
 
Rick Tolleshaug, of Millbrandt Architects, discussed the architectural design elements of the project with the Design Commission
 
The Design Commission asked questions of the development team.
 
The Design Commission had the following comments:
 
  1. Encouraged the use of green building techniques;
  2. Provide more information on views and relative heights of surrounding buildings so the Commission and public can understand the impacts;
  3. Emphasize the pedestrian entrance;
  4. Look at ways to encourage interaction with neighbors;
  5. Show separation of materials for the driveway and walkway;
  6. Show what the concrete retaining walls and foundations will look like (ensure architectural treatment and landscape treatment); and
  7. Look at LID and stormwater treatment.
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
A Council Liaison report was not given.
 
Staff had no additional comments.
 
The next regularly scheduled meetings are July 10, 2013 and July 24, 2013. However, no items are anticipated for July 10, 2013. Commissioner Brandt is out on July 24th. Commissioner Foster may also be out July 24th.
 
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Erwin adjourned the meeting at 9:35 PM.
 

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