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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

May 7, 2012                          Monday                                   5:00 p.m.

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

                        Commr. Curtis was absent.

ELECTION:        Election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

                      Jim Duffy was elected as Chair and Michelle McCovey-Good was elected as Vice Chair.  Both votes were unanimous.

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:  Agenda was accepted.

MINUTES:  Minutes of April 16, 2012, were approved with minor amendments.


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


1.     1340 Taft Street.  ARC 50-09; Review of mixed-use project with 3,900 sq. ft. of commercial space and seven residential units; C-N zone; ICON at SLO, applicant. (Pam Ricci)

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

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Palazzo, seconded by Vice-Chair McCovey-Good, to continue the item to a date uncertain with the following directional items (6-0):

1.     Show the scale and locations of adjacent buildings in elevation views.  The Commission directed that the views include dwellings beyond the site on Kentucky Avenue as well as the views for Taft Street and the alley partially depicted on Sheet A3.3 of the 5-7-12 submittal.

2.     Provide colored elevations of proposed buildings on all sides.

3.     Explore moving the third floor mass of Building B closest to the alley to the Taft Street frontage of Building A to provide a better transition between the project and the existing residential neighborhood along Kentucky.

4.     Include information on the locations of any electrical boxes and proposals for screening.

5.     Verify the project's accessible parking requirement.  If the requirement is exceeded, then consider the creation of an additional surface parking space.

6.     Provide all of the information required for final architectural review including further details of architectural features such as railings, canopies, mechanical screening, and transitions between different surface materials.

There was active involvement from the public with a total of 13 speakers which were fairly evenly divided between those in support of the project and those with concerns about the design.


2.    Staff:

a.  Agenda Forecast - Pam Ricci provided a forecast for upcoming agendas noting that the May 21st meeting would be cancelled and that the June 4th hearing would be held in the Council Chamber.

3.    Commission:

Commr. Palazzo mentioned that some recently-mounted roof equipment for the new restaurant at the Mix on Monterey Street was not screened from views on Johnson Avenue.

Commr. Hopkins brought up some detail changes in colors and materials for the newly-installed canopy of the building located at the corner of Broad and Higuera Streets.


The meeting adjourned at 7:05 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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