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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Call To Order:

Vice-Chair Sandler called the regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting to order at 7:35 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 

 

Roll Call:

Bryan Caditz, Marcia Dawson, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, Vice-Chair Sandler, and George Wittman were present.  Commissioner Ridolfi was absent.  Chairman Glick arrived at 7:50pm.   

 

Staff Present:

Gabe Snedeker, Principal Planner and Shelley Krueger, Associate Planner, represented the City.

 

Minutes:

Commissioner Caditz moved, and Commissioner Wittman seconded, to approve the minutes of August 25, 2004 as submitted.  The minutes were approved by a vote of 5-0.

 

Regular Business:

 

(1)  Action Item #1: The applicant, Lee Suk-Bong, requested Design Approval for the construction of a 1,656 square foot porte-cochere addition to the existing building located at 3006 78th Ave SE.  This addition is located on the north side of the building, adjacent to Corry’s Dry Cleaning.  The proposed addition has a steeply peaked roof that is approximately twice the height of the existing structure and has a translucent polycarbonate roof supported by painted steel tubular structures.

 

Shelley Krueger, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report.  Ms. Krueger discussed the proposed addition and recommended that the applicant return at a date certain with a revised design incorporating the following:

1.       The height and roof peak of the proposed addition should be lowered to maintain consistency of design with existing conditions.

2.       The materials used in the addition should reflect the more natural materials found in the existing structure such as wood and brick.

3.       The colors of the proposed addition should be changed to more neutral tones such as browns, gray, and brick red to match the existing building. 

 

Young Kim of 2012 Dexter Avenue North in Seattle, WA, represented Lee Suk-Bong, the applicant.  Mr. Kim summarized the purpose of the porte-cochere, which is to allow individuals to park near the building and process dry cleaning requests.  He explained the rationale for the roof peak was to allow trucks to pass under the structure.  He also explained that the material is intended to let light through.

 

Vice-Chair Sandler asked for public comment. 

 

Roger Page of Island Books at 3014 78th Ave SE in Mercer Island had the following comments and concerns:

§         The area and height of the structure will reduce visibility to the businesses located east of the subject property.

§         Mr. Page felt the relationship between height and purpose of the structure was not clear.

§         Suggested that awnings be used instead of a roof structure to reduce scale, since horizontal lines are prominent in the existing structure.

 

Vice-Chair Sandler closed the public comment period.

 

The Design Commission had the following comments:

§         The scale of the proposed addition is not in context with the existing structure.

§         The quality and use of translucent polycarbonate material for the entire building is questionable.

§         The height of the proposed addition is too high compared to the existing structure.

§         The proposed addition does not meet the requirement for consistency with existing architecture.

§         An addition that is divergent from the existing structure would be acceptable if the design reflected nearby structures and was in context with the existing structure, by using some existing materials, forms, shapes, etc.

§         The proposed materials should be more substantial (ex. The tubular steel should be thicker)

§         The proposal ignores the nature of the site as a corner lot.

§         The proposed material is white, which is considered a bright color.

§         The nature of the material combined with the lighting scheme will result in a large internally lit object, which is not permitted under MICC.

 

Lee Suk-Bong of 3006 78th Avenue SE asked if he could approach the Design Commission to explain the rationale for the porte-cochere.  Vice-Chair Sandler agreed.  Mr. Suk-Bong explained the purpose of the structure was to allow customers to park and employees to bring them dry cleaning to and from the parking spots.  This is referred to as “curbside service” in other areas, and an awning or canopy would not reach far enough across the parking lot.  Mr. Suk-Bong agreed with the Design Commission that the peak could be lower, but stated that the pitch is similar to nearby structures. 

 

After some discussion, the Design Commission agreed to allow the applicant to redesign the proposal and return to a future date certain public meeting. 

 

Motion:

Commissioner Dawson moved, seconded by Commissioner Wittman, that after reviewing the applicable criteria for minor exterior modifications in the Town Center, the Design Commission will continue this hearing to allow the applicant to return at the November 10, 2004 public meeting with a revised proposal taking into consideration the following:

1.       The height and roof peak of the proposed addition should be lowered to maintain consistency of design with existing conditions.

2.       The materials used in the addition should reflect the more natural materials found in the existing structure such as wood and brick.

3.       The colors of the proposed addition should be changed to more neutral tones such as browns, gray, and brick red to match the existing building.

4.       The scale of the proposed addition regarding height, length, and width.

5.       Relating the proposed addition to the existing structure.

6.       Issues of lighting – the nature of the proposed material combined with the lighting plan should not result in an internally lit structure, which would function like an oversized sign.

7.       Durability of proposed materials.

8.       The feeling of permanence of the proposed addition.

9.       The proposed structure should be grounded, perhaps using a masonry base and durable materials.

10.   The structure should form an architectural relationship with the corner and surrounding townscape.

11.   Consider how the building will be seen from adjacent structures, both as a stand-alone structure and from a pedestrian perspective.

12.   Present a proposed tree removal plan incorporating comments from the City Arborist.

13.   Present a study of proposed signage changes.

14.   Present storm water and drainage plans.

15.   Identify the functions to occur under the proposed roof structure – where and what type of paths are proposed regarding pedestrian, vehicular, and staff circulation?

The motion passed by a vote of 6-0. 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Director’s Comments:

Richard Hart, Development Services Director, was absent while on vacation.

 

Council Liaison Report:

Councilmember Jim Pearman was absent.

 

Next Regular Meeting:

The next Design Commission meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2004 at 7:30 PM.  PacifiCare has requested design approval for two signs located at 7525 SE 24th St. 

 

Commissioner Absences:

Commissioner Wittman and Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli will be absent from the September 22, 2004 meeting.

 

Adjournment:   8:30 pm

 

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