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Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Call To Order

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

Roll Call

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

Staff Present

Richard Hart, DSG Director



Regular Business

Action Item #1.
Design review and approval of a Minor Modification of the Site Plan for Mercer Village Mixed Use Development at 8456 SE 68th St. in the PBZ Zone to close off a secondary access driveway between the residential and commercial uses of the shopping center.

Richard Hart, DSG Director, summarized the staff report for the gate to be placed across the secondary access driveway connection of SE 69th Place and the central shopping center parking area. Staff recommended approval of the change to allow a gate across the driveway subject to five conditions. These 5 conditions were the two conditions in Attachment B from the Fire Marshall relating to the type of gate and relocation of a fire hydrant and the three conditions in Attachment C from the City Engineer and Transportation Planner relating to preserving pedestrian connections, signage and reservation of the City’s right to reopen the gate if public safety dictates.

Leo Suver, Burnstead Construction made the presentation as the applicant and answered questions.

The Design Commission discussed the width of the gate, the materials to be used, and the landscaping around the proposed gate. The Commissioners eventually reached a consensus on the issue with the inclusion of one additional condition relating to preservation of all existing landscaping and placing additional landscaping if possible.

Motion: Commissioner Bryant moved to approve the request for install a gate across the secondary driveway access between 69th Place and the Mercer Village Shopping Center in the PBZ Zone. This approval incorporates the findings of the Staff Report and is made in accordance with the PBZ Design and Development Standards of the Mercer Island Code and Section 19.04.010 and 19.15.040, and subject to the following conditions:

  1. The gate shall be twelve (12) feet in width and installed with an approved KNOX type lock, with the Knox application available from the City Fire Marshall.
  2. The fire hydrant located at the southwest corner of the Storage Court shall be moved out to the existing curb, west from its current location.
  3. All pedestrian connections between the residential and commercial areas must remain open and available for public access between the two areas at all times.
  4. The applicant shall pay for the installation and maintenance of all necessary signage, as may be identified by the City Engineer.
  5. The City reserves the right to remove the approved cedar gate and reopen this vehicular access for public safety purposes, if necessary.
  6. All existing landscaping approved for the site shall remain, and additional landscaping shall be installed if determined appropriate by the applicant.

The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.

Action Item #2.
Notice of Reconsideration of the vote on approval of Georgio’s Subs Sign at the meeting on August 22, 2001. (Motion to reconsider filed by Commissioner Sandler)

DSG Director Richard Hart summarized the nature of the request and the process of reconsideration of a vote. Commissioner Sandler asked that the Commission consider taking a new vote on the issue so he might go on record as opposing the motion from August 22, 2001 for the Georgio’s Subs sign. He felt the variety and brilliance of the colors within the sign that was approved by a 7-0 vote at the previous meeting was not appropriate for a Village Shopping Center setting within a residential neighborhood. The Commissioners voted to reconsider the motion.

The Design Commissioners asked several questions about the guidelines used to make their previous decision, and then the Chairman called for a vote on the motion to approved the Georgio’s Subs sign with the identical 6 conditions from the August 22, 2001 meeting. The motion passed by a vote of 3-1 with Commissioner Sandler voting NO.

Other Business

Director’s Comments:
Director Hart had no comments. The Design Commission asked if the October 10th meeting could start early considering the long items to be covered. Staff indicated they would consider that options if the applicants could agree to an early start.

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

Council Liaison Report:
Councilmember Cairns was absent and made no report.

Next Regular Meeting:
OCTOBER 10, 2001, with the Island Market Square Mixed Use project and possibly one other minor item for review.

8:35 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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