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Wednesday, March 08, 2000

Call To Order

Chairman McDonald called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.

Roll Call

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

Staff Present

Staff: M. Chen

Baska moved, Senff seconded, to approve the meeting minutes from February 23, 2000. Vote 4-0.

Minutes

NONE.

Regular Business

ACTION ITEM: (1) APPLICANT: Starbucks Coffee SUBJECT: New Signage LOCATION: SE Corner of SE 68th Street & 84th Ave SE

STAFF REPORT:Michael Chen, Associate Planner presented the staff report into the record and summarized the signage proposal.

APPLICANT PRESENTATION: Mr. Shawn Bowen, Tube Arts Signs, 2730 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, WA represented the applicant. Mr. Bowen summarized the proposal for the new signage and verified that it would be all right to eliminate the 5’ monument sign at the four-way intersection.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: Councilman Brian Cairns asked the commissioners if the Starbucks sign can be placed on the north elevation, which is on a different business. He also asked if the Commission had reviewed signs on the north elevation of the business along SE 68th Street and how practical would it be to have signs located there considering the screening by the poplar trees and other vegetation along SE 68th Street.

The commission answered Councilman Cairns questions.

COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION: Commissioner Laszlo had no comments.

Commissioner Senff commented that the screening along SE 68th Street would not block the view of the north elevation sign as long as the sign is placed west of the windows.

Commissioner Baska supported the down scaling of the south elevation sign to 10 inches.

Chairman McDonald had no objections to the 48” logo sign on the north elevation of the building, but the sign should be placed west of the windows on the north elevation. The south elevation signage should be reduced to the 10” letters.

MOTION: Senff moved, Baska seconded, to grant approval of the three wall signs for Starbucks Coffee incorporating the findings of the findings of the Staff Report and in accordance with the Town Center District Development and Design Requirements and Section 19.04.010 and 19.15.040 with the following condition(s):

  1. The 48” logo sign on the north elevation of the building is mounted on the west end of the building.
  2. The letter size for the Starbucks Coffee sign on the south elevation is 10” in height.

Motion passed 4-0.

ACTION ITEM: (2) APPLICANT: Interstate Development Corporation (Gerald Williams) Island Crest Center SUBJECT: Design Review for 3,704 sq. ft. addition LOCATION: 8005 SE 28th Street.

STAFF REPORT: Michael Chen, Associate Planner presented the staff report into the record and summarized the site amenity upgrades that were part of the proposal.

APPLICANT PRESENTATION: Gerald and Gary Williams, Interstate Development Corp. 7683 SE 27th Street, Mercer Island, WA represented the applicant. Mr. Gerald Williams summarized the need for the expansion and upgrading the site to bring it up to date, they also responded to questions by the commission.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: None

COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION: Commissioner Baska liked the idea of repainting the entire building after the new addition is constructed. He also liked the idea of placing a plaza and pedestrian oriented environment at the northwest corner of the site. He asked the applicant questions of what they plan to do with the existing tree at were the dumpster is proposed.

Commissioner Senff was pleased to see the pedestrian connection on the south side of the property.

Commissioner Laszlo commented that it was nice addition that matched the existing building.

Chairman McDonald agreed that the addition should match the existing building and have its own identity. He also agreed with Commission Baska that the site amenities such as the benches and water features should be brought back for review by the entire Commission.

MOTION: Baska moved, Laslzo seconded, to grant approval for the Island Crest Center 3,704 square foot second floor addition incorporating the findings of the Staff Report and in accordance with the Town Center District Development and Design Requirements and Section 19.15.040 of the Mercer Island Code, the architectural plans submitted and the following condition(s):

  1. A landscape bond in the amount approved by the Development Services Group shall be submitted to the City for the duration of two years from date of final inspection.
  2. The additional information is provide on the site amenities such as benches, water features and light standards are brought back for review by the Design Commission.

Motion passed 4-0.

Other Business

Director’sComments:
None.

Meeting Adjourned:
9:15 PM

Council Liaison Report:
Councilman Cairns commented that the Major is collecting names for replacements on all the Commissions. He also noted that the Sound Transit parking lot and development of Mercerdale Park would come before the Design Commission for its review in the future. He thanked Commission Baska and Senff for serving on the Design Commission.

Next Regular Meeting:
April 12, 2000

[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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