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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Call To Order

Chairman Glick called the meeting to order at 7:37 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

Carl Bryant, Bryan Caditz, Marcia Dawson, Chairman Fred Glick, Vice Chairman Norman Sandler, and George Wittman were present. Julie Parsons was absent.

Staff Present

Richard Hart, Development Services Director; John Scandola, Associate Planner


Commissioner Wittman moved, Commissioner Dawson seconded, to approve the minutes for the meeting of January 22, 2003. The minutes were approved by a vote of 6-0.

Regular Business

Study Session:
The applicant, Storage Court LLC, requested a study session for a proposed 3-story 11,427 square foot building for the Storage Court located in the Planned Business Zone (PBZ). This building will replace an existing paved space used for the storage of vehicles and boats.

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed storage building. Mr. Scandola indicated that the City had concerns regarding the scale and mass of the structure when viewed from the residential units to the south and west and from pedestrian and vehicular traffic to the north and west.

John O’Shea, Storage Court LLC, 14100 SE 26th Street, Bellevue, WA and Paul Franks, Paul Franks Architecture, 3805 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA, represented the applicant. Mr. O’Shea and Mr. Franks indicated that this structure is permitted by code and the mass of the building should not be an issue to the residential structures to the south and to vehicular and pedestrian traffic along SE 68th Street and 84th Avenue SE.

The Design Commission asked the applicant questions regarding the following issues:

  • The mass of the building as viewed from SE 68th Street,
  • How this structure relates to the specific Design Criteria found in MICC 19.15.040(H),
  • The visual impact this building could have when viewed from the parking lot of the PBZ and from Pioneer Park to the north,
  • How this building relates in scale, design, mass, and roofline to the other buildings in the Storage Court facility.
Chairman Glick opened the public testimony portion of the meeting, and there were no comments. The public testimony portion was closed.

The Design Commission offered the following suggestions to the applicant for this proposal:

  • Due to the potential visual impact of a building of this scale, the applicant should investigate another option such as constructing a second story above the existing Building C to the east.
  • Explore an option that would maintain the existing poplars and evergreen trees along the north property line adjacent to the South End Fire Station, rather than removing the trees under the current proposal.
  • Consider using a greater diversity of colors and materials on the proposed building similar to the other three buildings at this facility.
  • A north elevation should be presented that shows the facility in relation to the South End Fire Station.
  • The windows, doors, and parapets should provide additional modulation and texture.
  • Reexamine the use of a pitched roof, similar to the caretaker unit, rather than the proposed shed roof on the western end.
  • This proposal should consider the design issues and concerns that were expressed by the Design Commission and parties of record when the existing facility was approved in 1999.
John O’Shea addressed the Design Commission and indicated that the owners of the Storage Court will meet in April and discuss their options. They will explore different design scenarios for this facility, and he indicated that the timeline for this proposal is not stringent.

Other Business

Director’s Comments: Richard Hart, Development Services Director, addressed a request from Commissioner Dawson to not introduce new items after 10:00 PM. Mr. Hart indicated that this topic would require further discussion and will be placed on a future agenda.

Council Liaison Report: None.

Next Regular Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2003 at 7:30 PM. The agenda item will be the continued Preliminary Design Review for the Starbucks Coffee shop. There will be a training session with the City Attorney at 6:30 PM.

Commissioner Absences: All Commissioners indicated they would be able to attend.

Adjournment: 9:30 PM

[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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