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Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Call To Order

Chairman Glick called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Staff Present

John Scandola, Associate Planner

Minutes

Vice-Chairman Sandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Wittman to approve the minutes for the special meeting of May 22, 2002. The minutes were approved by a vote of 6-0.

Regular Business

Action Item #1:
The applicant, Neon Sign Systems, is requesting continued design review and approval for the installation of an internally lit sign for Curves for Women located at 8435 SE 36th Street, #100 in the Planned Business Zone (PBZ), (DSR02-018). This review has been continued from the June 12, 2002 Design Commission meeting.

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed new sign. Staff recommended approval of the sign as described in the staff report.

Nick Clay, 2021 130th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98005, of Neon Sign Systems represented the applicant and presented the revised sign proposal.

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

The Design Commission discussed a number of issues regarding the characteristics of the sign. Such issues included how the sign is to be attached to the building, the sign’s color, the method of attaching a bracket across both columns, and if the sign should be centered between the columns or placed to the side of the columns.

The Commission concluded that centering the sign between the two columns with a bracket was the most acceptable. The color of the sign as proposed was also determined to be appropriate.

Motion:

Vice-Chairman Sandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Dawson, to approve the Curves for Women sign (DSR02-018) as presented on the revised plans and elevations dated June 14, 2002. This decision incorporates the findings of the Staff Reports and oral testimony from the June 12, 2002 and June 24th 2002 Design Commission meetings. This decision is in accordance with the MICC Unified Land Development Code, Section 19.04010(D)(4) and Title 19, Division II, Part 2, Design Requirements.

The motion passed by a vote of 6-0.

Action Item #2:
The applicant, Montech, is requesting approval of an existing 4 square foot, aluminum identification sign for an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) for Wells Fargo Bank (DSR02-022). This ATM machine is located at 8435 SE 68th Street in the Planned Business Zone (PBZ). The identification sign was installed without review and approval of the Mercer Island Design Commission or City staff.

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed sign. Mr. Scandola discussed the lack of need for this sign considering the existence of a nearly identical identification sign located on the ATM machine a few feet north of the proposed sign. He also indicated that the proposed sign is considered a second wall sign, which is prohibited by the sign criteria in the Development and Design Guidelines. Staff recommended denial of the sign as described in the staff report.

There was no representative for the applicant.

Chairman Glick opened the public meeting; there were no comments and the public meeting was closed.

The Design Commission discussed the issues raised by Staff, and the Commission agreed with Staff’s conclusions that a second wall sign is not permitted under the Design Guidelines.

Motion:
Commissioner Dawson moved, seconded by Commissioner Laszlo, to deny the Wells Fargo Bank sign proposal as presented on the plans and elevations dated May 24, 2002. This decision incorporates the findings of the Staff Reports and oral testimony from the June 24th 2002 Design Commission meetings. This decision is in accordance with the MICC Unified Land Development Code, Section 19.04010(D)(4) and Title 19, Division II, Part 2, Design Requirements.

The following conditions shall be binding on the “Applicant”, which shall include owner, owners of the property, heirs, assign, and successors.

  1. The applicant shall remove the proposed identification sign from the column located approximately 5’ south of the ATM machine within 30 days.
  2. The existing sign on the ATM machine shall be authorized as the identification for use.

The motion passed by a vote of 6-0.

Other Business
Director’s Comments:
No comments

Council Liaison Report:
Councilmember Cairns discussed some of the topics of the most recent City Council meeting. These issues included the possibility of allowing additional structured parking in the Town Center, working with Sound Transit on expanding the Town Center Park and Ride facility, and the concept of “workforce housing” at Luther Burbank Park.

Next Regular Meeting:
There are no agenda items scheduled for July 10, 2002. The next scheduled meeting is July 24, 2002. .

Commissioner Absences:
All members indicated they could make the next meeting.
8:45 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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