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Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Call To Order

Chairman McDonald called the meeting to order at 7:38 PM.

Roll Call

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

Staff Present

Kathy Harbert, Richard Hart

Minutes

Commissioner Dawson noted the last sentence on page 2, under the heading, South Entry Proposal, should have been placed under the heading, North Entry Proposal. All Commissioners agreed. Sandler motioned to approve April 12, 2000 Meeting Minutes with the above correction; Dawson seconded; Motion Passed Vote 6-0

Regular Business

ACTION ITEM:
DSR0003-001

APPLICANT:
Islander Middle School, Mercer Island School District

SUBJECT:
New Monument Reader Board Sign to Replace an Existing Monument Sign

LOCATION:
8225 SE 72nd Street

STAFF REPORT:
Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report into the record. The sign replacement is considered “minor new construction”. The Staff Recommended Motion was stated into the record. Staff recommendation included a condition on approval, involving the template painting of “Do Not Enter” on the school’s driveway adjacent to the new sign area.

APPLICANT PRESENTATION:
Three Islander Middle School students, Maryn Juergens, Ray Larson and Dryan Wanzer, gave presentations: Maryn Juergens spoke of why the location was chosen. The location has maximum visibility from SE 72nd Street and 84th Avenue SE. They looked at other locations (see Attachment A); established landscaping, utility poles and visibility became negative impacts for locating a sign. In addition, electricity already exists at the proposed location. Ray Larson spoke of proposed landscape changes. The sign needs to be angled in order to be seen from both directions. An area approximately 9 feet deep and 25 feet wide of the existing shrubbery will most likely need to be trimmed back in order for the sign to be installed and visible. The existing Cherry tree will also need to be pruned. A flowerbed is proposed in front of the new sign. Dryan Wanzer explained the color pallet. He handed out a color copy of the proposed sign to the Commissioners (see Attachment B). The text is maroon; the background of the text and logo area is light gray; the alligator is a grayed-out green; all other wood features are dark gray; and there is horizontal maroon striping near the top of the posts. The reader board sign is illuminated by florescent lights within the cabinet.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY:
No public testimony was given.

COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION:
Questions for the Applicant:

Commissioner Glick complimented the students on their presentation and asked how thick and what color is the border proposed around the text and logo. And asked them to be sensitive to the treatment used in cutting back the shrubbery. Ray Larson answered that the outline would be black and approximately ½ to ¾ inch thick.

Commissioner Dawson complemented the students and stated that more than a flowerbed will be needed. Shrubs will need to be planted in front of the cutback Otto Luiken Laurel in order to cover the cutback area and to make a transition from the ground to the existing Laurel. The tree appears to be far enough back; make sure the tree is pruned by someone well educated about pruning. She then asked, why is the “Do Not Enter” sign in need of relocating. Maryn Juergens answered, so the new sign can be visible. Commissioner Sandler asked if relocating the “Do Not Enter” sign will be included along with the template painting of “Do Not Enter” on the driveway. Staff Kathy Harbert answered, yes.

Chairman McDonald asked if the back of the sign is lit as well. Maryn Juergens answered yes, attachable letters can be placed on both sides of the sign. He then asked what color are the attachable letters. Ray Larsen answered, they are black.

Commissioner Glick requests to understand the exact orientation of the sign in order for it to be viewed from both sides. He suggested City Staff Nancy Fairchild to take a look at the proposed orientation of the sign.

Jeff DeGallier, Vice Principal of Islander Middle School, asked the Commission to recommend a plant material that would be placed in front of the trimmed back existing shrub. Commissioner Dawson suggested the same, Otto Luiken Laurel, or something similar. There were no further questions to the Applicant or Staff.

Commissioners’ Discussion
Commissioner Glick: The sign is nice. Recommend the suggested planting in front of the cutback hedge and would like a landscape plan submitted to Staff for approval, as part of condition of approval for the sign. Commissioner Dawson: Recommended the same condition as Commissioner Glick. Commissioners Bryant and Sandler had no comments. Commissioner Wittman: Asked if there were any other signs identifying the school; there is not. He was concerned about consistency with the use of type and format. Commissioner McDonald: Agrees with the condition Commissioner Glick stated.

MOTION:
Commissioner Sandler motioned to approve the sign, stated Staff’s Recommendation adding that Nancy Fairchild also approves the orientation of the sign and that a final landscape plan be submitted illustrating the cutback shrubs and proposed planting. The landscape plan is to be administratively approved by Planning Staff.

Commissioner Glick seconded the Motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

ACTION ITEM:
DSR0004-001, 002

APPLICANT:
Bank of America/Jones Lang Lasalle

SUBJECT:
Small Expansion for Drive-up ATM, Removal of One ATM and Replacing a Second ATM with a new One, Two new Signs and Three new Lights Proposed

LOCATION:
2830 80th Avenue SE

STAFF REPORT:
Kathy Harbert, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report into the record. The proposal is considered “major new construction” because of the construction of an addition. Staff recommendation required the applicant to screen the refuse dumpster according to City requirements. The Staff Recommended Motion was stated into the record. The Recommended Motion included the completion of City-approved screening of the refuse dumpster as a condition of approval.

APPLICANT PRESENTATION:
The Applicant chose not to be present

PUBLIC TESTIMONY:
Gerald Williams spoke of concerns for the northeast portion of the bank property. He wants to know the height of the proposed lighting and where it will shine. He also wants to make sure the back of the proposed directional sign in the northeast area is a solid material and color. He supports the screening of the dumpster.

COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION:
Questions to Staff:
Chairman McDonald inquired about the history of the site. He questioned whether or not Bank of America was reviewed by the Commission when the bank changed hands from Seafirst Bank. Richard Hart stated he was not sure but could have Staff research the past history. Richard Hart went on to say, any existing signs that Seafirst had would have been allowed to be switched out when the bank changed hands, as long as the size was not increased. Commissioner Glick pointed out that the bank seemed to have too many and possibly too much square footage of identification signs. He asked, if staff had looked at that for compliance purposes. Kathy Harbert answered no; it was assumed that the signs were switched out from Seafirst to Bank of America, possibly continuing the existing legal nonconforming situation. Richard Hart offered Staff to research the situation to ensure that Bank of America is not expanding on the legal nonconforming status that Seafirst may have had. All Commissioners agreed that should be done. There were no further questions to Staff.

Commissioners' Discussion:
Commissioner Sandler motioned to table the project until history of the project is presented, the number of signs are documented and compared to past approval of the site. Also, the applicant needs to make a presentation. He suggested Nancy Fairchild to take a look at how many directional signs are needed for safety purposes. Chairman McDonald: This is an opportunity to improve the site. Has no objections to the two new proposed signs; however, review of the signs for the entire site for compliance purposes needs to be documented.

RECOMMENDED MOTION:
Commissioner Glick motioned to table the item to the next meeting, May 24, 2000, to hear from the applicant in regards to: the history of the site, including the signage and lighting proposals that transitioned from Seafirst to Bank of America; the dumpster planting and screening proposal; ATM proposals and comments on the excessive signage.

Richard Hart reminded the Commission that in order to continue the item to another meeting; it needs to be scheduled at the next meeting so that public noticing does not need to be repeated.

MOTION:
Commissioner Glick motioned to table the item to the next meeting, May 24, 2000, to hear from the applicant in regards to: the history of the site, including the signage and lighting proposals that transitioned from Seafirst to Bank of America; the dumpster planting and screening proposal; ATM proposals and comments on the excessive signage.

Commissioner Sandler seconded the Motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Other Business

No reported scheduled absences for the next meeting.

Meeting Adjourned:
8:45pm

Council Liaison Report:
Councilman Cairns was not present.

Next Regular Meeting:
May 24, 2000, 7:30pm

[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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