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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Call To Order

Chairman Glick called the meeting to order at 6:40 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

Marcia Dawson, Chairman Glick, Attila Laszlo, and Vice Chairman Sandler, were present. Commissioners Carl Bryant, Bryan Caditz, and George Wittman were absent.

Staff Present

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

Minutes

Commissioner Laszlo moved, seconded by Commissioner Dawson, to approve the minutes for the regular meetings of June 26, 2002. The minutes were approved by a vote of 4-0.

Regular Business

Action Item #1:
The applicant, International Sign Company, is requesting design review and approval for the installation of an internally lit wall sign for Village Hair Salon located at 8425 SE 68th Street #106 in the Public Business Zone (DSR02-027).

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed sign. Staff recommended approval of the sign with a few conditions. These conditions included changing the proposed color of the sign’s background and bolting the sign to the underside of the edge of the roof instead of to the outside fascia.

Peter Lai, 8425 SE 68th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040, represented the applicant and presented the sign proposal.

Chairman Glick opened the public comment portion of the meeting. There were no comments so the public comment portion was closed.

The Design Commission discussed a number of issues regarding the sign such as the background color, the proposed size and scale of its letters, and its location.

The Design Commission concluded that the background color should be darker, the size of the sign and its letters should be reduced, and the cabinet should hang underneath the roof soffit and should be centered between the molding of the entranceway of the retail space.

Motion:

Vice Chairman Sandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Dawson, to approve the Village Hair Salon sign proposal (DSR02-027) as presented on the plans and elevations dated June 20, 2002. This decision incorporates the findings of the Staff Report and open record testimony of the Design Commission meeting of August 14, 2002 in accordance with the MICC Unified Land Development Code, Section 19.15.020(J). This approval is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The background color and the sides of the sign cabinet are to be changed to a darker gray to match the color of the molding around the adjacent window frames.
  2. The sign cabinet shall be bolted to the underside of the roof soffit, as close to the wall as possible.
  3. The size of the cabinet shall be 12” high and 8” long for a total of 8 square feet in size.
  4. The size of the letters of the sign shall be 7” for capital letters and 5” for lower case letter.

The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.

Action Item #2:
The applicant, Inform Inc. Architects, is requesting design review and approval for the replacement of two canopy wall signs, the replacement of a monument sign, the installation of two new canopy signs, and the refacing of canopies for the conversion of an existing Texaco service station to a Shell service station. This station is located 7655 Sunset Highway (DSR02-023).

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed service station conversion. Staff recommended the approval of the project with a few conditions. These conditions include removing a couple of signs proposed for the fueling station canopy and continuing a color band around the entire roof canopy of the service station.

John Hibbard, 12330 120th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, represented the applicant and presented the proposal.

Chairman Glick opened the public comment portion of the meeting; there were no comments so the public comment portion of the meeting was closed.

The Design Commission expressed a number of concerns regarding the proposed project. Some Commissioners felt that the proposed white color of the service station building was not appropriate and a darker color such as gray would not be as conspicuous. The Commission also objected to the white color that lines the top of the roof canopy of the service station. The appropriateness of the bright yellow proposed for the fueling station canopy and its red light bar that underscores the canopy was also discussed and rejected. The Commission felt that any band of color proposed for the roof canopy of the service station should continue around all sides of the canopy and the applicant should provide elevations of all sides of the service station.

The Commission concluded that the proposed color scheme for this project is too bright and does not adhere to the concepts of the Comprehensive Plan. The applicant should return to the Design Commission with a proposal that implements a more subdued color scheme that fit the design standards of the Town Center.

Motion:

Vice Chairman Sandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Dawson, to continue the review for the proposed conversion of the existing Texaco service station to a Shell service station, located at 7655 Sunset Highway (DSR02-023) to the September 25, 2002 Design Commission meeting. The Commission requested that the applicant shall return with a new proposal that addresses the following issues:

  1. The proposed white coloring for the walls of the service station building shall be reexamined. A more subdued color should be used
  2. The proposed yellow bar designated for the roof canopy of the service station building shall be replaced with a more subtle color. The applicant shall consider placing this bar on all four sides of the roof canopy to create a more consistent color scheme. The Design Commission also requested elevations for all four sides of the building for the meeting on September 25, 2002.
  3. The applicant shall reevaluate the bright yellow color designated for the fuel station canopy. The applicant shall implement a more subdued color scheme, such as the coloring of the proposed monument sign.
  4. The red accent bar that underscores the fuel canopy shall not be illuminated.
  5. The applicant shall provide color samples that accurately reflect the proposed colors to the September 25th meeting.

The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.

Action Item #3:
The applicant, Inform Inc. Architects, is requesting design review and approval to install three canopy wall signs, replace a monument sign, remove an existing wall sign, and reface two canopies for the conversion of an existing Texaco service station to a Shell service station. This station is located 2903 78th Avenue SE (DSR02-024).)

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed service station conversion. Staff recommended the approval of the project with a few conditions. These conditions include removing a wall sign proposed for the fueling station canopy and continuing a color band around the entire roof canopy of the food mart building.

John Hibbard, 12330 120th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, represented the applicant and presented the proposal.

Chairman Glick opened the public comment portion of the meeting; there were no comments so the public comment portion of the meeting was closed.

As with the previous Action Item, the Design Commission expressed a number of concerns regarding the proposed project. Some Commissioners felt that the proposed white color of the food mart building was not appropriate and a darker color such as gray would not be as conspicuous. The Commission also objected to the white color that lines the top of the roof canopy of the food mart. The appropriateness of the bright yellow proposed for the fuel station canopy and the light bar that underscores the canopy was also discussed. The Commission felt that any band of color proposed for the roof canopy of the service station should continue around all sides of the canopy and the applicant should provide elevations of all sides of the service station.

The Commission concluded that the proposed color scheme for this project is too bright and does not adhere to the concepts of the Comprehensive Plan. The applicant should return to the Design Commission with a proposal that implements a more subdued color scheme that fit the design standards of the Town Center.

Motion:

Commissioner Dawson moved, seconded by Commissioner Laszlo, to continue the review for the proposed conversion of the existing Texaco service station to a Shell service station, located at 2903 78th Avenue SE (DSR02-024) to the September 25, 2002 Design Commission meeting. The Commission requested that the applicant shall return with a new proposal that addresses the following issues:

  1. The proposed white coloring for the walls of the food mart building shall be reexamined. A more subdued color should be used
  2. The proposed yellow bar designated for the roof canopy of the food mart building shall be replaced with a more subtle color. The applicant shall consider placing this bar on all four sides of the roof canopy to create a more consistent color scheme. The Design Commission also requested elevations for all four sides of the building for the meeting on September 25, 2002.
  3. The applicant shall reevaluate the bright yellow color designated for the fuel station canopy. The applicant shall implement a more subdued color scheme, such as the coloring of the proposed monument sign.
  4. The red accent bar that underscores the fuel canopy shall not be illuminated.
  5. The applicant shall provide color samples that accurately reflect the proposed colors to the September 25th meeting.

The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.

Action Item #4:
The applicant, AT & T Wireless, is requesting design review and approval to remove three existing and abandoned antenna sectors (four antennas per sector) and relocate the antennas from two existing AT & T sectors onto existing roof mounts. One new antenna sector will be placed on an existing roof mount at the location of one of the removed sectors (DSR02-026). This proposed exchange is to take place on the roof of the Washington Mutual Building located at 7900 SE 28th Street.

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed design review. Staff recommended approval for the proposed antenna exchange for the existing wireless communications facility (WCF).

Tiffany McClurg, 425 Pontius Avenue N., #202, Seattle, WA 98109, of Pacific Telecom Services, represented the applicant.

Chairman Glick opened the public comment portion of the meeting; there were no comments so the public comment portion of the meeting was closed.

The Design Commission discussed some issues such as why AT & T was moving its sectors to the abandoned Metricom Sectors and why the proposal did not include the removal of the fourth abandoned sector. It was determined that the sector cannot be removed without the owner’s approval. There was also a question regarding the proposed color of the sector.

The Commission concluded that the proposed antenna exchange and relocation was acceptable.

Motion:

Commissioner Dawson moved, seconded by Commissioner Laszlo, to approve the antenna exchange for AT & T Wireless for the roof of the Washington Mutual building located at 7900 SE 28th Street (DSR02-026) as presented on the plans and elevations dated June 19, 2002. This decision incorporates the findings of the Staff Report and open record testimony of the Design Commission meeting of August 14, 2002 in accordance with the MICC Unified Land Development Code, Section 19.06.404(A) Wireless Communications for Town Center, Commercial/Office, and Planned Business Zones and Title 19 Division II, Part 2, Design Requirements. The Design Commission and Staff recommend that the owner remove the fourth abandoned Metricom antenna sector that is not proposed for removal. The approval is subject to the following condition.

  • The replacement of the new antenna sector and associated antennas shall be painted the same color as the existing Metricom sectors and antenna.

The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.

Other Business

Director’s Comments: Director Hart informed the Design Commission that the new Town Center Development and Design Standards went into effect on August 3, 2002. He indicated that the next step is to improve the design standards for the rest of the Island.

Council Liaison Report: Councilmember Cairns indicated that City Council discussed and voted to resurface Homestead Field.

Next Regular Meeting: September 10, 2002. A Special Design Commission meeting that will begin at 6:00 PM. The agenda item will be the continued Preliminary Design Review of Gateway Commons.

Commissioner Absences: All members indicated they could make the next meeting.

Adjournment: 9:15 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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