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Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Call To Order

Chairman McDonald called the meeting to order at 7:38 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

Carl Bryant, Attila Laszlo, George Wittman, Fred Glick, Norman Sandler and Chairman McDonald were present. Marcia Dawson was absent.

Staff Present

Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner; Richard Hart, DSG Director

Minutes

Commissioner Bryant moved to approve the March 28, 2001, meeting minutes. Approved. Vote: 6-0. Regular Business

Action Item #1:
Minor Exterior Modification design and review of a new 9 sq. ft. sign, Island Dermatology, located at 8534 SE 68th Street #118.

Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the new sign. Staff recommended approval of the sign with the condition if lighting is proposed at a later date, the review and approval process shall be done administratively with the option to bring the proposal before the Design Commission.

Frank Baron, Physician, 8435 SE 68th Street, Mercer Island, WA, agreed with staff’s analysis and recommendation. Mr. Baron answered questions from the Design Commissioners regarding construction and location of the sign.

The Commission deliberated on the sign proposal. Discussions included the longevity of the sign, public safety concerns, proportions, location and size.

MOTION:
Commissioner Bryant moved to grant approval of the sign with the condition, if lighting is proposed at a later date, the review and approval process shall be done administratively with the option to bring the proposal before the Design Commission. Approval incorporates the findings of the staff report, in accordance with the Mercer Island Town Center District Development and Design Requirements, and the presented formal site plans and elevations.

Motion approved. Passed 6-0.

Action Item #2:
Final Design Commission review and approval of plans for the Mercer Island United Methodist Church, located at 7070 SE 24th Street, expansion of 2,920 sq. ft., including landscape revisions, lighting plan and sign proposal.

Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the final design review of the church expansion and related site improvements. Revised plans submitted from the preliminary design review on February 13, 2001 were reviewed. The applicant adequately met the conditions relating to design review, listed in the Notice of Decision for the Conditional Use, Variance and Preliminary Design Review. Staff’s findings on the final plans are the same as those found in the recommendation of approval for the preliminary plans submitted for review at the February 13, 2001 meeting.

Judy Tucker, Architect, 3710 26th Place W. #406, Seattle, WA, presented each of the revised items, as listed in staff’s letter dated March 1, 2001. Fence and lighting questions by the Commissioners were answered.

Chairman McDonald opened the public comment portion of the meeting.

Jean Topping, 2415 71st Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA, questioned the tree height proposed. Ms. Tucker responded.

Chairman McDonald closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

Commissioners discussed the lighting plan, aeration system, and the potential damage to the existing trees.

MOTION:
Commissioner Sandler moved to grant final approval for the construction of the church expansion as presented on formal site plans submitted on March 26, 2001, incorporating the findings of the February 13, 2001 staff report and in accordance with Section 19.15.040 of the Mercer Island Code, with the following conditions:

  1. The lighting of the north parking lot shall be turned off at 11:00 PM, unless a specific church event occurs.
  2. Comply with all the conditions listed on the MDNS issued on January 30, 2001.
  3. A landscape security agreement in the amount approved by the Development Services Group shall be submitted to the City for the duration of three years from the date of final certificate of occupancy inspection. The City Arborist shall review the landscaping at the end of the three-year period to ensure compliance to the landscape plan.
Motion approved. Passed 6-0.

Action Item #3:
Final Design Commission review of plans for Park Terrace, a mixed-use new project located at 2836 78th Avenue SE.

Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the final review of the proposed mixed use development, referred to as Park Terrace. The preliminary review motion was reviewed and Ms. Harbert discussed how the conditions would be met.

Mary Ann Kirby, Landscape Architect, 6208 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA, represented the applicant and presented the changes made. Focus was given to the landscape plan proposed for the fifth floor.

Tony D’Ambrocio, Architect, 3712 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA, summarized the architectural changes made that respond to the conditions given at Preliminary Design Review. The proposal addressed the conditions of preliminary review.

Chairman McDonald opened the public comment portion of the meeting. No one from the public was present. Chairman McDonald closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

Focus of the Commissioners’ discussion was on the minimum of two amenities required by the design guidelines. The providing of the second floor landscape feature and the fifth floor roof top garden were the two amenities proposed. However, the applicant desired the roof top garden to remain private, not open to all residents living in the building. Richard Hart, DSG Director, clarified that both amenities need to be provided without exclusive use. The applicant may propose to contribute to another art or design project in lieu of the roof top amenity, or provide one of the other amenities listed in the design regulations if the roof top garden is closed to residents of the building.

MOTION:
Commissioner Glick moved to grant final approval for the construction of a new mixed use building as presented on formal site plans, submitted at the April 11, 2001 Design Commission meeting, incorporating the findings of the Staff Report (dated March 28, 2001) and in accordance with the Mercer Island Town Center District Development and Design Requirements (TCDDDR) with the following conditions:

  1. The fifth floor open space that fronts on 78th Avenue SE shall be designed and built to serve all residents of the project. If the fifth floor open space does not serve all residents, one of the other amenities (found under TCDDDR Part 2.c.1) shall be provided, or the applicant shall contribute to another art or design project in lieu of the amenity. DSG staff shall review and approve the alternative submitted by the applicant.
  2. A landscape security agreement in the amount approved by the Development Services Group shall be submitted to the City for the duration of two years from date of final certificate of occupancy inspection.
  3. Plant material shall be provided per the approved landscape plan and continuously maintained, including watering, weeding, pruning and replacement.
  4. Landscaping located within the public right-of-way shall be maintained by the property owner(s).
  5. The applicant shall comply with all the conditions listed on the MDNS issued on March 7, 2001.
Motion approved. Passed: 6-0.

Other Business

Director’s Comments: Tuesday, May 1, 2001, 6:00 PM is a special Design Commission meeting to discuss the design guidelines with consultant, Mark Hinshaw. The meeting includes a box dinner for the Commissioners and will be held in the Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

Council Liaison Report: Councilmember Cairns updated the Commissioners on the CBD Subcommittee, City Council retreat and the Tree Ordinance.

Next Regular Meeting: April 25, 2001, Minor Exterior Modification Review of the Islander Pub to include exterior renovation and new signs and lighting.

Commissioner Absences: None known for the next meeting.

Adjournment: 10:28pm

[Important Note: The proceedings of the Design Commission meeting were recorded on tape and are on file with the Development Services Group. The complete agenda and official minutes of this meeting are also available from the Development Services Group.]

 

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