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Wednesday, February 23, 2000

Call To Order

Commissioner Baska called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.

Roll Call

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

Staff Present

Staff: M. Chen, N. Fairchild, R.. Hart, P. Yamashita Absent: Senff

Dawson moved, Laszlo seconded, to approve the meeting minutes from February 9, 2000 as amended. Vote 4-0.

Minutes

NONE.

Regular Business

ACTION ITEM: (1) APPLICANT: Mercer Village LLC SUBJECT: Design Review for Major New Construction LOCATION: SE Corner of SE 68th Street & 84th Ave SE

STAFF REPORT: Richard Hart, Development Services Director, presented the staff report into the record and summarized the 13 points that were changes agreed upon between the applicant and City staff.

APPLICANT PRESENTATION: John O’Shea, 8246 East Mercer Way, developer/owner of the property noted that this was the third public hearing and that they had meet with staff to discuss the changes that are a great improvement. Mr. Paul Franks, Paul Franks Architects, 3805 108th Ave NE, Suite 222, Bellevue, WA summarized the handicapped access areas on the site and noted that building E has shifted 5’ to the west and the drive isle in front of the QFC was widened to 30’. Mr. Mark Wiseman, 2329 E. Madison, Seattle, WA summarized the landscaping plan and noted that the applicant would be re-locating and re-using some of the existing vegetation.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY:
Mr. Ellis Levin, 8201 SE 62nd PL, expressed his concern with the pedestrian and vehicular safety within the shopping center when construction begins. He wanted to know where construction vehicles are going to be allowed to park. Staff responded to Mr. Levin’s questions and responded that the issue of construction traffic will be reviewed during the building permit process.

Mr. Kevin Peck, 6825 84th Ave SE, questioned when the landscaping along 84th Ave SE would be planned.

Mr. Ira Appleman, 6213 83rd PL SE, noted that the meeting minutes from February 9, 2000 did not reflect his objections to the building square footage of buildings C, D and E being over the amount that was approved with the master site plan.

COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION:
Commissioner Laszlo commented the revised changes are a nice improvement from the first proposal, and he had no problems with the current revised proposal. He would like to see the light standard located next to the trash enclosure for building C and D moved to the other side of the street. Overall the layout of the site plan is excellent.

Commissioner Senff noted that she was not at the last continued public hearing, but she felt that staff and the applicant have made the appropriate changes.

Commissioner Dawson appreciated the revisions that were made by the applicant and felt that moving building E 5’ to the west and adding the 12 parking spaces north of the Chevron will be very effective. She was please with the selection of vegetation in the landscape plan and glad to see the improved bus route through the parking lot.

Commissioner Baska thanked the public for their comments on the proposal and also thanked staff and the applicant for a fine job. He felt very good about the layout of the site plan.

MOTION: Senff moved, Laszlo seconded, to grant final approval for major new construction of the Mercer Village Shopping Center buildings C, D and E and the revised minor changes to the site plan (dated February 18, 2000), the reduced 876 square feet to building C incorporating the findings of the staff report and in accordance with Section 19.15.040 of the Mercer Island Code, the architectural plans submitted and the following condition(s):

  1. A landscaping 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 developer will comply with all the conditions of the City Arborist memo dated January 28, 2000 for protection of the poplar trees and other vegetation on site.

Motion passed 4-0.

Other Business

Director’sComments:
None.

Meeting Adjourned:
8:55 PM

Council Liaison Report:
Councilman Cairns did not have a council liaison report, but he commented that the Design Commission did a great job with the review of the Mercer Village Shopping Center building C, D and E.

Next Regular Meeting:
March 8, 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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