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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

April 16, 2012                           Monday                                     5:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL:      Commrs. Michelle McCovey-Good, Greg Wynn, Vice-Chair Jim Duffy, and Chairperson Anthony Palazzo

                       Commrs. Curtis, Ehdaie, and Hopkins were absent.

ELECTION:     Election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson was continued to the next ARC meeting on May 7, 2012.

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:  Accepted as presented.

MINUTES:  Minutes of April 2, 2012, were approved without changes.



1.     667 Monterey Street.  ARC 43-11; Conceptual review of mixed-use project with 23 residential units and 24,000 square feet of commercial space; C-D-H zone; Michael Hodge, applicant.  (Brian Leveille)

RECOMMENDATION:  Continue the item to a date uncertain with direction on items to be addressed in plans submitted for final architectural review.

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Duffy, seconded by Commr. McCovey-Good, to continue the item to a date uncertain with the following directional items. (4:0).

1.    The railings and finishes for the pedestrian bridges shall be designed to reduce massing on upper floors with a more delicate design.

2.    More variation/distinction shall be provided for each building, and all buildings shall have a consistent architectural treatment on all sides.

3.    Reduce the appearance of overall mass by providing more vertical articulation, especially at the edges of buildings.

4.    Explore cornice treatments for roof forms. The roof forms shall be authentic and consistent with multi-story buildings in the downtown.

5.     Create a more inviting entrance to the site at Monterey Street to clearly show the pedestrian paseo leading into the site with landscaping or surfacing treatments up to Monterey or across the right-of-way.

6.     Plans submitted for final review shall include more detail of the project's massing, scale, and architecture in comparison with surroundings. A physical model is recommended; or, an enhanced 3-D site model or visual simulation.

7.     Plans submitted for final review shall include all details, cut sheets, dimensions, and specifications as determined by staff to be necessary for final ARC review to ensure all materials, windows, and finishes are authentic and of a high quality suitable for development in the downtown area.

8.     Plans submitted for final review shall include a revised sign program which prohibits internally-illuminated channel letters or cabinet signs.


2.     Staff

a. Agenda Forecast – Doug Davidson provided a forecast for upcoming projects.

3.        Commission:

Chairperson Palazzo asked if it would be possible to hold the next meeting in the Council Chamber due to the large turnout from a previous ICON meeting.  He announced that the elections would take place at the next meeting on the 7th.  Commr. Wynn questioned if there was any level of review of solar panels at schools.  Chairperson Palazzo answered no because it is run through the state.  Commr. Wynn commented that he liked the looks of the new Luis Wine Bar. Commr. McCovey-Good commented that the Railroad Square looks nice.

ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 7:16 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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