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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Call To Order

Chairman Glick called the regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting to order at 7:41 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

Carl Bryant, Bryan Caditz, Marcia Dawson, Chairman Fred Glick, Julie Parsons, Vice Chairman Norman Sandler, and George Wittman were present. Commissioner Bryant and Commissioner Wittman left at 9:15 PM. Vice Chairman Sandler left at 10:25 PM.

Staff Present

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

Minutes

Vice Chairman Sandler moved, Commissioner Dawson seconded, to approve the minutes for the special meeting of September 10, 2002. The minutes were approved by a vote of 7-0.

Regular Business

Action Item #1:
The applicant, Dollar Development, James Cassan owner, is requesting final design review and approval for Gateway Commons. This project is a five-story mixed-use development of 247 residential units, 15,000 sq. ft. of retail, office and service uses, and 517 underground and ground floor covered parking spaces. This project is located at 7650 SE 27th Street in the Town Center (TC) Zone (DSR02-019 & SEP02-018). This project received preliminary design approval at the September 10, 2002 Design Commission meeting.

Richard Hart, Development Services Director, summarized the staff report for the proposed mixed-use project. At the previous Design Commission meeting, this proposal received preliminary design approval with 12 conditions that must be resolved prior to final design approval. Of these 12 conditions, staff identified 5 primary design elements that had to be addressed. Mr. Hart indicated that the applicant has adequately addressed these elements. However, staff feels that a complete revised submittal that incorporates the final versions of the site plans, elevations, roof plans, rendering, landscape plans, color and material boards, etc., must be presented to the Design Commission before the issuance of final design approval. Therefore, staff recommended that the Design Commission give concurrence and support to the modification of the 5 design elements and continue final design review to the November 13, 2002 Design Commission meeting.

Franco Mola, Project Manager, 2737 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA, represented the applicant and outlined the design changes. Mr. Mola indicated that he felt that all of the necessary pieces for final design approval have been presented and he requested final design approval from the Design Commission.

The Design Commission asked questions regarding the following issues:

  • Clarification of the 2 options for the mid-block paseo from the previous submittal,
  • The potential for additional parking for the Sound Transit park-and-ride and how this additional parking could impact building design,
  • Clarification of the proposed modifications to the corner rotunda element,
  • Explanation of short-term street parking adjacent to the newsstand/coffee shop area.

Chairman Glick opened the public testimony portion of the meeting, and there were no comments. The public testimony portion was closed.

The Commission discussed the following issues:

  • Additional information regarding light fixtures, sconces, and color cut sheets,
  • The level of detail of the proposed landscaping plan,
  • Addressing the remaining 7 conditions from the preliminary design approval,
  • The level of detail of the preliminary signage plan and if this plan should be added as a condition to final approval
  • The final submittal packet needed for final design approval.

The Commission agreed to grant concurrence and support to the 5 modified design elements and determined that the final design approval should be continued to a future Design Commission meeting.

Motion:

Commissioner Wittman moved, seconded by Vice Chairman Sandler, to continue the public meeting for final design review and approval to November 13, 2002 for the Gateway Commons mixed-use project (DSR02-019). The Design Commission requested that the applicant return with a revised submittal that documents the complete set of previously approved design changes and modifications for the project. This submittal should incorporate final versions of site plans, elevations, roof plans, renderings, a detailed landscape plan, color and material boards, and a conceptual lighting and signage plan. The remaining 7 conditions of preliminary design approval must also be addressed in this submittal.

The motion passed by a vote of 7-0.

Action Item #2:
The applicant, In Form 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 fuel station canopy signs, and the refacing of the canopies for the conversion of an existing Texaco service station to a Shell service station. This station is located at 7655 Sunset Highway (DSR02-023). This proposal has been continued from the September 25, 2002 Design Commission meeting.

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed signage of the service station conversion. This is the third time the applicant presented this proposal to the Design Commission. At the previous meeting, the applicant presented a submittal that incorporated a tan color for the background of the service station building and the fueling station canopy. The Commissioners indicated that they would like to see a gray and white background that complimented the color scheme of the Shell Station located on SE 28th Street. The applicant stated that the gray and white color scheme infringed upon a contractual agreement with Texaco, and they requested that the proposal revert back to the original color scheme that was reviewed by the Design Commission on August 14, 2002. Mr. Scandola recommended that the Design Commission should either deny this proposal or approve a color scheme with certain conditions.

Commissioner Bryant and Commissioner Wittman left at 9:15 PM and did not discuss or vote on the application.

Tim Hall, 12330 120th Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, represented the applicant. Mr. Hall indicated that Shell was willing to compromise on some of the accent colors, but not on the background colors. He also stated that a trade agreement with Texaco states that gray could only be used for trim and not as a background color.

Vice Chairman Sandler opened the public testimony portion of the meeting; there were no comments so the public testimony portion of the meeting was closed.

Chairman Glick opened the public testimony portion of the meeting, and there were no comments. The public testimony portion was closed.

The Commission indicated that Shell seems to be unwilling to work with the Design Commission on a compromise color scheme that meets the Town Center Design Standards. Commissioner Sandler indicated that the design of the Town Center is something that the City and the community take very seriously and we need to be concerned with all uses including gas stations. There is no need for service stations to be brightly lit since everyone knows the locations of these stations. However, the Design Commission is willing to work out a compromise with the applicant that would incorporate some of the positive attributes of the SE 28th Street Shell station. The Design Commission then agreed on a compromise color scheme.

Motion:

Commissioner Caditz moved, seconded by Commissioner Parsons, to approve the design review for the conversion of the Texaco station to Shell station (DSR02-023) located at 7655 Sunset Highway. This approval is based on the design review criteria, the staff report, Design Commission discussion and evaluation, and open record testimony of the August 14, 2002, September 25, 2002, and October 23, 2002 Design Commission meetings. This decision is in accordance with the MICC Unified Land Development Code, Section 19.15.404(H)(5) – Signs and Title 19, Division II, Part 2, (B)(2) – Materials and Colors. This proposal includes:

  • Sign “A”, two 12.77 square foot wall signs on the north face and northeast corner of the fuel station canopy,
  • Sign “B”, a 7.2 square foot wall sign on the service station building roof canopy,
  • Sign “C”, a 57.75 square foot double faced monument sign at the facility’s entrance,
  • Repainting of the fuel station canopy and fuel pumps according to a final color scheme of white and gray as background colors and using yellow and red only as accent colors,
  • Repainting the service station building and roof canopy according to a final color scheme of white and gray using yellow and red only as accent colors.

This proposal shall be consistent with the plans and materials submitted on October 10, 2002, October 17, 2002, and the designated colors of the service station building and fuel station canopy as determined by the Design Commission and the applicant at the October 23, 2002 meeting. This approval is based on the following condition:

  1. The applicant shall return to the Design Condition with color samples of white, gray, yellow, and red, that accurately represent the colors determined for the service station building and fuel station canopy at the October 23, 2002 Design Commission meeting.

The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

Vice Chairman Sandler left at 10:25 PM.

Action Item #3:
The applicant, In Form 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 fuel station canopy signs, and the refacing of the canopies for the conversion of an existing Texaco service station to a Shell service station. This station is located at 2903 78th Avenue NE (DSR02-024). This proposal has been continued from the September 25, 2002 Design Commission meeting.

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed signage of the service station conversion. As with the previous agenda item, this is the third time the applicant presented this proposal to the Design Commission. At the previous meeting, the applicant presented a submittal that incorporated a tan color for the background of the food mart building and the fueling station canopy. The Commissioners indicated that they would like to see a gray and white background that complimented the color scheme of the Shell Station located on SE 28th Street. The applicant stated that the gray and white color scheme infringed upon a contractual agreement with Texaco, and they requested that the proposal revert back to the original color scheme that was reviewed by the Design Commission on August 14, 2002. Mr. Scandola recommended that the Design Commission should either deny this proposal or approve a color scheme with certain conditions.

Tim Hall, 12330 120th Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, represented the applicant. Mr. Hall indicated that Shell was willing to compromise on some of the accent colors, but not on the background colors. He also stated that a trade agreement with Texaco states that gray could only be used for trim and not as a background color.

Chairman Glick opened the public testimony portion of the meeting, and there were no comments. The public testimony portion was closed.

The Commission indicated that Shell seems to be unwilling to work with the Design Commission on a compromise color scheme that meets the Town Center design standards. Chairman Glick indicated that and we need to be concerned with the colors of gas stations in the Town Center. A compromise with the applicant should be acceptable to the applicant.

Motion:

Commissioner Dawson moved, seconded by Commissioner Parsons, to approve the design review for the conversion of the Texaco station to Shell station (DSR02-024) located at 2903 78th Avenue SE. This approval is based on the design review criteria, the staff report, Design Commission discussion and evaluation, and open record testimony of the August 14, 2002, September 25, 2002, and October 23, 2002 Design Commission meetings. This decision is in accordance with the MICC Unified Land Development Code, Section 19.15.404(H)(5) – Signs and Title 19, Division II, Part 2, (B)(2) – Materials and Colors. This proposal includes:

  • Sign “A”, two 12.77 square foot wall signs on the north face of the fuel station canopy,
  • Sign “B”, a 5.2 square foot wall sign on the food mart building roof canopy,
  • Sign “C”, a 12.5 square foot double faced monument sign at the facility’s entrance,
  • Repainting of the fuel station canopy and fuel pumps according to the final color scheme of white and gray as background colors and using yellow and red only as accent colors,
  • Repainting the food mart building and roof canopy according to the final color scheme of white and gray using yellow and red only as accent colors.

This proposal shall be consistent with the plans and materials submitted on October 10, 2002, October 17, 2002, and the designated colors of the food mart building and fuel station canopy as determined by the Design Commission and the applicant at the October 23, 2002 meeting. This approval is based on the following condition:

The applicant shall return to the Design Condition with color samples of white, gray, yellow, and red, that accurately represent the colors determined for the food mart building and fuel station canopy at the October 23, 2002 Design Commission meeting.

The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.

Other Business

Director’s Comments:
No comments.

Council Liaison Report:
No comments.

Next Regular Meeting:
The next meeting will be a Special Meeting for a Study Session for a proposed mixed-use project at the northeast corner of SE 27th St. and 78th Ave. SE in the Town Center at 6:00 PM on November 13, 2002. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 PM.

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

Adjournment: 10:45 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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