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Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Call To Order

Chairman McDonald called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.

Roll Call

Present Commissioners: Bryant, Glick, Wittman, Chairman McDonald Absent Commissioners: Dawson, Sandler, and Laszlo

Staff Present

Staff: Kathy Harbert, Richard Hart


Commissioner Bryant motioned to approve May 24, 2000 Meeting Minutes; Wittman seconded; Motion Passed Vote 4-0

Regular Business

ACTION ITEM: (1) DSR9912-003

APPLICANT: Interstate Development Corporation (Gerald Williams)

SUBJECT: Part II Proposal, Island Crest Plaza, Review and Approval for Major New Construction of an Office Building

LOCATION: 8005 SE 28th Street

STAFF REPORT: Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report into the record. Revised plans were handed out to the Commissioners and recorded as Exhibit A. Because of the revisions submitted and knowing the applicant is to present details on amenities, Option Two Recommended Motion was read into the record with the addition of condition number seven. It read as follows, fulfill conditions stated in the MDNS. No Commissioners had questions for Staff.

APPLICANT PRESENTATION: Gerald Williams and Gary Williams, 7683 SE 27th Street #153, Mercer Island, WA, began by handing out amenity details to include lighting, bench, bike rack, clock face, signage and artwork choices. Exhibit A illustrates locations of the proposed amenities. The amenity details are recorded as Exhibit B, except for the artwork photograph is recorded as Exhibit C. Gerald Williams presented samples of the proposed building materials: two tones of brick; stucco sample matching the existing office building, Island Crest Center; brown metal roofing and siding; and, two trim colors. Clarification on the location of the various building materials was discussed amongst the Commissioners and the Applicant. It was noted the architect could not attend the meeting.

QUESTIONS FOR THE APPLICANT Commissioner Glick asked if the roof color is the same as the brick. Gary Williams answered the color choices for brick are limited. Gerald Williams offered there is available marbled brick and showed examples from a pamphlet. Commissioner Glick asked what other colors were available for the metal siding. Gary Williams answered there are many other colors such as, blue, green, red and a darker brown. Chairperson McDonald asked what concept was trying to be reached by the applicant’s architect. Gerald Williams responded, the original idea was to reflect the same architecture as the existing office building, a concrete building with a flat roof. However, staff recommended a more pedestrian friendly or village concept and suggested photos be taken of that type of architecture. Four or five samples were photographed and presented to staff. The metal roof was chosen mainly because several other buildings downtown have utilized them. The clock tower was chosen as an amenity because there was not any clocks in the vicinity. Chairperson McDonald asked if the screening on the roof for the mechanical equipment was a railing. Gerald Williams answered no; it is a solid screen. Commissioner Bryant asked if the Arts Commission should review the artwork proposal. Richard Hart, answered staff will look into it and let the applicant and Commission know the results.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: No public testimony was given.

COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION: Commissioner Wittman: a trellis system placed on the south wall, creating a transitional element for the deck, in fact a second trellis may work on the north face above the garage as well; stepping the clock tower forward, away from the building (or moving the entire building back) would create more of a plaza area and the tower would stand out more as a landmark; the staired tower needs to be more articulated; the roman clock numerals chosen are out of character with the architecture; the main bulk of the building is on the down slope of the site, creating more bulk on the up-slope portion of the site; the south deck should be utilized by both floors, not just the top floor; all the various slopes of the roof may be too much; and, the walkway between the two buildings works well. Commissioner Glick: pulling the tower away from the building is a good idea; more plantings, such as evergreen trees, are needed approximately 16 feet from the northeast corner of the building; and, color choices are too similar – one color needs to be a different color to contrast with all the browns - the architect needs to look at the color pallet closer. Chairperson McDonald: the siting of the building and how it relates to the existing building works well; a second deck may work on the tower side of the building; agree with Commissioner Glick that a contrasting color is needed; it’s not clear how the trim color works with the stucco color, as it could be a darker tone taken from the stucco; possibly the metal siding would be the material to offer the contrasting color; the modulation is good, but it references residential mainly because of the dormers with the steep roofs – continuity of the wider dormer used at the south end of the west façade and lowering the main roof to match it could be a solution; unity is lacking – horizontal lines in stucco may tie it together, possibly incorporating the windows; downspouts need to be shown as they should be treated as a vertical element not just blending in; the clock tower could be more slender and the canopy at the entrance needs to be refined; doors at the entrance need to be studied, possibly centered on the tower; access door to the trash area could be moved to the interior – this needs to be studied; and, the northeast corner of the building appears to be weak – architecturally and site elements. Commissioner Bryant: agree with pulling the building away from the tower; too many different types of material are used for the walls – possibly two should be used instead of three; the metal siding could be used on other projections/dormers, like the south end of the west façade; and, overall, there are good ideas that need to be refined more. Staff suggested a memo be written in order for the architect to hear/understand the suggestions made. Also, Staff recommends the architect to listen to the cassette tape recording of the hearing.

MOTION: Commissioner Wittman motioned to approve the site amenities as presented on the plans (Exhibit A) for both the existing building, Island Crest Center, and the proposed building, Island Crest Plaza, except to approve the “Markers Style 9” choice of clock face, instead of the “Roman Numerals W. Min. Markers”, as illustrated in Exhibit B, and with the exception of the artwork proposed (Exhibit C). Also, the proposed lot line revision is granted approval, in terms of site layout (final approval is given under a separate city permit, File SUB0005-003). Design review and approval of the office building architecture and artwork choice are to be continued to the July 12, 2000 Design Commission meeting.

Commissioner Flick seconded the Motion; Motion Passed 4-0.

Other Business


Meeting Adjourned:
9:32 pm

Council Liaison Report:
Councilman Cairns was absent.

Next Regular Meeting:
June 28, 2000, 7:00pm

OTHER BUSINESS: Commissioner Laszlo will be absent for the next meeting.

[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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