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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

March 18, 2013                       Monday                                     5:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL:      Commrs. Ken Curtis, Suzan Ehdaie, Steven Hopkins, Anthony Palazzo, Greg Wynn, Vice-Chair Michelle McCovey-Good, and Chairperson Jim Duffy

                        All of the Commissioners were present.

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:  Agenda was accepted.

MINUTES:  Minutes of March 4, 2013, were approved.


There was no public comment other than on regular agenda items.


1.     736 Higuera Street.  ARC 57-12; Review of a remodel to the Master List Carrisa building as part of the approved SLO Brewing Company relocation project; C-D-H zone; San Luis Downtown Management, applicant.  (Marcus Carloni)

RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt the Draft Resolution which approves the project, based on findings, and subject to conditions.

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Wynn, seconded by Commr. McCovey-Good, to continue action to a date certain, April 22, 2013, with the following direction (7:0).

1.  Add a pilaster to the front elevation through the transom windows, in the location of the existing support pillar.

2.  Provide more detail (i.e. show light transmission/relationship to interior of building) for the transom windows and second floor windows (front elevation) in plan and section views.

3.  Show roof mounted mechanical equipment in section view and provide line-of-site diagram illustrating mechanical equipment screened from public right-of-way and Mission Plaza views.

4.  Provide additional detail for the storefront bulkhead (tile vs. precast concrete).

5.  Consider an alternate color to help reduce the visual prominence of the staircase.

6.  Show lighting method for the rear staircase.

2.     892 Aerovista Place.  ARC 142-12; Review of 37,000-square foot office building; BP-SP zone; Quaglino Properties, applicant.  (Brian Leveille)

RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt the Draft Resolution which approves the project, based on findings, and subject to conditions.

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Wynn, seconded by Commr. Palazzo (Commr. Ehdaie voting no), to continue action to a date certain, May 6, 2013 with the following direction (6:1):

1.  Provide a more articulated Broad Street elevation given the visibility and prominence of the site.

2.  Explore ways to reduce the boxy appearance of the building.

3.  Include a sectional view that clearly demonstrates how roof-mounted equipment will be screened taking into account the lower level of the site in relationship to the street.

4.  Provide more information on awnings, other building details and lighting.

5.  Modify colors to have a more vibrant palette.

6.  Address directional items included in the staff report related to pedestrian access, parapet heights, eliminating projecting cornices, and signage.

7.  Make sure that various plan sheets are reconciled with one another in terms of path location, utility equipment, etc.


3.    Staff:

a.  Agenda Forecast – Pam Ricci provided a forecast for upcoming agendas.

4.    Commission:

In response to a question from Commr. Wynn, Pam Ricci explained that City regulations do not require a formal review for repainting a building.  She noted that there may be situations where a formal architectural review of a particular project specifically restricted colors.  In those cases, changes would need to be approved by the Community Development Director for consistency with the original approval. She mentioned that staff suggests when receiving inquiries from individuals about repainting buildings that they submit samples for the City to review, but this is voluntary.  She added that there is guidance in the Community Design Guidelines that bright colors be used as accents, rather than for main building walls.

Commr. Hopkins mentioned how attractive many of the recently-installed blade (projecting) signs in the downtown core were.  He noted that they add to the pedestrian experience and create a nice ambience to the downtown.


The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


Any writings or documents provided to a majority of the Architectural Review Commission regarding any item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection in the Community Development Department, 919 Palm Street, during normal business hours.

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