ARC Meeting Agenda
October 28, 2003
6:45 – 9:00 A.M.
APPROVAL OF MEETING NOTES (October 14, 2003)
This agenda category is limited to 15 minutes to be allocated
as determined by the Chairman. If you wish to address the
Architectural Review Committee, please complete a Speaker’s
Card and give it to the secretary.
1. 480 James Avenue (Sequoia High School District Offices):
Second review of project to replace four outdated school district
buildings with a new, 23,644 square foot administrative building
with associated site and landscaping improvements.
Zoning District: PF
Lot Area: 39.3 acres
The applicant has responded to the comments listed below:
- Building elevations have been revised to provide more
articulation at the proposed building facades.
- The building entrance has been emphasized for greater
visibility and a portion of the front façade lowered
to responding to concerns of compatible scale.
- More detailed landscape plans reflect the highly buffered
aspect of this project.
Meeting Notes from October 14, 2003:
480 James Avenue (Sequoia High School District Offices):
CONTINUED (3-1, Frank opposed/recommended denial, M/S Howard,
Mr. Frank questioned the validity and the design of the entire
project and will submit written comments for the record.
- Rework elements of the building’s architecture;
too boxy, flat and long, stark, needs more articulation.
- Provide more articulation to the exterior. The design
of the proposed building angle does not appear compatible
to the overall architecture; rework design.
- Provide hierarchy. Public front door should be more visible.
- Reduce scale and height of building, rework central element
of the proposed building.
Staff Recommendation: Approve as revised. The proposed facility
is compatible with the campus’s existing style.
Project Planner: Maureen Riordan
2. 1204 Shasta St. - formerly 135 Willow St. - (TOPOS Architects
for San Carlos Stair):
New submittal for a previously approved design of a 5,200
square foot, two-tenant warehouse building. The applicant
has hired another architect and redesigned the building with
a different architectural style under a new application.
- The proposed new building is shown with a two-foot setback
on Willow Street and a 16-inch setback on Shasta Street.
- Groundcovers and vines are proposed to be planted in these
setbacks to provide landscape softening to the building
- Building materials include a variety of CMU types. A color/materials
board will be provided at the meeting.
- A tower element is proposed to demarcate the showroom
entrance on Shasta Street.
- The proposed lighting plan is in the process of being
finalized. It includes wall mounted sodium vapor lights
mounted 12 feet above finished grade on the rear (parking
lot) elevation. Other fixtures will be discussed at the
- Per the previous approval, street trees (per the City
Arborist's requirements) are shown on both frontages.
Zoning District: IR
Lot Area: 9,690 square feet
Staff Recommendation: Continue.
- Although the tower element on Shasta clearly identifies
the entrance, the tower design and door placement could
be better integrated into the overall design by connecting
directly to the parking lot. In addition, such a large scale
tower feature may not be appropriate for a small warehouse
building. Most warehouse architecture in the area resembles
the proposed side wings of the building. If the tower is
retained, the door should be centered.
- Per the City's Design Guidelines, buildings should include
a well defined base, middle, and top (i.e., more details
should explain the roofline at the wings, flashing?). Horizontal
articulation is better accomplished on the rear (parking
lot) elevation than on the Shasta Street elevation.
- Because Liquid Amber trees are well-known to heave pavement
in a short time period another species will be recommended
- The applicant shall submit details of the proposed seven-foot
high masonry wall along the south property line. This wall
shall be compatible to the approved building design and
Project Planner: Jill Ekas
3. 2301-2303 Broadway (KY Chiu for Geri Mayers):
Application for an exterior remodel to a two-story 7,000 square
foot commercial building. (Fourth review over the past 10
years). This proposal involves the comprehensive rehabilitation
of both the Broadway and Hamilton Street facades. Proposed
improvements also include the replication of the original
arch and Corinthian column, brackets, and medallion details,
as well as denticulation of this turn-of-the-century building
which was heavily altered in the 1950s. The corner canopy
structure will be removed. The applicant is proposing standard
aluminum storefront systems with cement plaster veneers over
concrete at the wainscot and cornice lines. A concrete band
at the transoms is proposed to incorporate future signage.
Zoning District: CB-R
Lot Area: 5,000 square feet
Staff Recommendation: Continue.
- Redesign storefront system with a more compatible style
(i.e. full height and more compatible doors)
- Better detail on the transom lines separating both floors.
- Submit more details on the columns.
- Incorporate street trees at Hamilton frontage to match
Project Planner: Charles Jany
MATTERS OF COMMITTEE INTEREST:
1. Courthouse Square design meeting will be held December
11, 2003 from 7-10 pm in the Redwood Room at the Veterans
Adjourn to November 25, 2003 to the regular ARC meeting at
6:45am in the Council Chambers. November 11, 2003 meeting
is canceled due to Veteran’s Day holiday.