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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Chair Richard Erwin called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
Chair Richard Erwin, Vice-Chair Colin Brandt, and Commissioners Susanne Foster, Lara Sanderson, and Tami Szerlip were present. Commissioners Nadine Laszlo and Hui Tian were absent.
Fire Chief Chris Tubbs and Shana Crick, staff planner, were present.  
The Design Commission reviewed the minutes from the June 26, 2013 meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously as written.
Final Discussions regarding the design of Fire Station 92 to be located at 8473 SE 68th Street
Shana Crick provided a brief staff report and explained that Mercer Island City Code section 19.15.040(D)(4) requires final consultation by the Design Commission regarding the design of the building at the design development phase. The Design Commission will provide a recommendation on the proposed design to the City Council. No questions were asked of Ms. Crick.
Scott Wolf of The Miller Hull Partnership gave the applicant’s presentation and responded to questions from the Commission. Sian Roberts, Adam Loughry, and Kate Spitzer, all of The Miller Hull Partnership, along with Amy Dedominicis of Tacoma Design Collaborative responded to additional questions from the Design Commission. Fire Chief Chris Tubbs also answered questions from the Design Commissioners.
Vice Chair Brandt made a motion to recommend the following to the Mercer Island City Council:
Based on the findings and conclusions included herein, the Design Commission, pursuant to MICC 19.15.040(D)(4), hereby recommends to the Mercer Island City Council design approval of a new 7,987 square foot fire station and associated appurtenances as demonstrated in Exhibits 1 through 4, provided that it is advised by the Design Commission that Exhibits 1 through 4 shall be modified as follows:
The Design Commission strongly recommends that the art feature (Exhibit 3 – Sheet A1.0, Mercer Island FS92 Public Art) be fully reconsidered while still utilizing the pieces from the World Trade Center, based on the Design Commission’s determination that the proposed decorative landmark detracts from the integrity of the architecture and fails to complement the building design per MICC 19.11.060(B)(1)(a) – Minor Site Features, Decorative Landmarks. 
Commissioner Foster seconded the motion. The motion passed with 5 yeas and 0 nays.
A Council Liaison report was not given.
Staff had no additional comments.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is October 23, 2013.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Erwin adjourned the meeting at 8:26 PM.

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