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Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Call To Order

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

Roll Call

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

Staff Present

Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner


Commissioner Wittman moved to approve the May 23, 2001 and June 13, 2001 meeting minutes. Approved. Vote: 4-0.

Regular Business

Action Item #1.
Review of Minor Exterior Modification to install a sign for Mercer Island Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic, located at 3236 78th Avenue SE.

Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the sign proposal. She presented the history of the site’s approval for the four existing signs on-site. Staff recommended approval of mounting the sign on the wall (Option B). Ms. Harbert answered code-related questions.

Steve Zamberlin, National Sign Corporation, 1255 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA, distributed existing sign photos (Exhibit A) to the Commissioners. Mr. Zamberlin prefers the sign to be placed adjacent to the PacMed sign located above on the wall by the steps (Option A). He further explained the materials, size and color of the sign.

Larry Harms, Seattle Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic (main office), 801 Broadway Suite 1000, Seattle, WA, representative of the doctors in the building, stated the Mercer Island Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic has been a tenant of the building for 31 years and is the second major tenant. The clinic has wanted their own identification sign and now there is a new landlord who agrees.

The Commission deliberated on the location of existing signs and location options for the proposed sign. Option B is difficult to see from the street, and the existing “Mercerdale Professional Center” sign should be used for patients to find the building. The architecture weakens with the existing and future number of signs.


Commissioner Wittman moved to continue the meeting on the review of the sign proposal, giving the applicant opportunity to return at the regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting, on July 25, 2001, with an amended proposal. The amended proposal shall consider the following:

  1. Create a signage master plan that considers all the tenants in the office complex. Office complexes typically do not have individual tenant signs (that take on a retail character).
  2. Work with the landlord to arrive at a solution that meets the signage needs for Mercer Island

Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic that is visible to the passersby, considering that an increase in the existing number of signs will be excessive.

Motion approved. Passed 4-0.

Other Business

Director’s Comments:
Richard Hart was absent. Ms. Harbert informed the Commissioners of the soon-to-be-scheduled meeting to discuss Mark Hinshaw’s review of Phase I, Town Center design requirements. Majority of Commissioners agreed it would be best to hold the meeting as a special meeting, instead of a regularly scheduled meeting.

Commissioners’ Absences:
None indicated for the July 25, 2001 meeting.

Council Liaison Report:
Councilmember Cairns updated the Commissioners on City Council agenda items. He encouraged the Commissioners to look at landscaping associated with downtown projects.

Next Regular Meeting:
July 11, 2001 meeting is cancelled because of no agenda items. July 25, 2001 meeting will discuss Mercerdale Park Master Plan Phase I improvements and continued review of the Mercer Island Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic


[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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