NLNA Board Meeting of February 3, 2013

PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Rick Angeli; Michael Coyne; Larry Freedman; Monika Kreidie; Katrina Mansfield; Sharon Richman;
Chris Somers; Logan Welde.

ABSENT: Don Phillips, Vice-President; Lystra Harris; Frank Robertson; Anne Waginger.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:06 p.m.

Motion: By Katrina Mansfield, seconded by Rick Angeli:“To approve the minutes of the January Board meeting with three minor changes agreed upon by the board.”
Passed 9-0-1

New Business:

  • Katrina raised the idea of obtaining blinds for the community center for reasons of climate control and privacy for users. The issue was referred to the Community Center committee for discussion.
  • Sharon asked about the status of the NLNA brochure: it is in the pipeline to be printed before the museum exhibit opening on February 17.
  • Rick reported that he will not be able to organize the NLNA Winter party this year: that there is not a set date for it yet but that it will probably be in early March. Michael stepped up to take over organization of the event and Chris agreed to assist him.
  • President’s Report: Matt Ruben: written report attached and reviewed.
    After a discussion of the imminent sale of northernliberties.org, it was agreed that Chris should gather some more information from JM and bring that back to the Board.
  • There was an extended conversation regarding security and also public image of Northern Liberties: action items resulting from the conversation included reminding neighbors who have recently installed security cameras to link them to the neighborhood and police department lists and seeking support from local businesses with public relations issues.

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

Motion: By Rick Angeli, seconded by Katrina Mansfield. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”
Passed 10-0-0

Community Center Committee Report: Larry Freedman.
Larry reported that the committee had met with Tim, who is working on the plans for the addition, and that a grant proposal should be submitted to the PTSSD soon.

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Katrina Mansfield. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1108 N. Front Street:
Thank you very much for your presentation. We are interested in the success of this project. Please go to the UDC to discuss refinements to the design including the following: façade improvements to increase attractiveness; sound baffling to absorb sound (e.g., a green wall, etc.); and down-lighting on the outside of the retail space as well as inside lighting to create more of a presence on the street. A letter of support will be issued upon recommendation of the design committee.’”

Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Katrina Mansfield. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 933-37 N. Front St., —’We support the project as presented.’” Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Katrina Mansfield. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 510-626 N. Delaware Avenue, — ‘Thank you for your presentation. We like the use of the property for a car showroom, a café and multi story apartment building in this area, but we are not prepared to fully support your project at this time. We need more information about: parking (1 guaranteed space for every 2 apartments); the number of stories and units as relates to parking availability; signage and lighting that does not disturb neighbors; the restaurant – number of indoor and outdoor seats, liquor license, hot cooking, etc.; and the car showroom – that it operates only as a showroom and not a full service dealership with repairs, test drives and outdoor lot. Please return with answers to our questions and further refine the drawings of the building that would be erected and a more defined parking plan for the restaurant and car showroom. We note that bonuses over the 100’ height limit prescribed by the Central Delaware Overlay are allowed under certain conditions, and request that you let us know your intentions related to public benefits connected to such bonuses. Finally, please explore re-using elements of the buildings, such as the façade, in the new building.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Katrina Mansfield. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 420 Fairmount Avenue, — ‘Thank you for your presentation. There were several concerns expressed by neighbors. We would like you to reduce the negative impact of this large scale renovation/construction on nearby neighbors. Please return and consider the following and return to the Zoning Committee with adjusted plans that include: 1) all non-residential use on first floor of older buildings; 2) reducing the total number of units by merging several units together on the upper floors; 3) save more of existing buildings perhaps for artist use; 4) plans for phasing of construction; 5) we feel that 44’ height of the townhouses plus a pilot house is too tall for a street as small as Wallace so reduce the height and consider offsetting the 4th floor from the street so it will look like a 3-story building from the street); and, 6) elevations of all buildings in context with one another and perspective drawings down Fairmount Street and down Wallace Street with proposed homes (as seen from a walking perspective).’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Rick Angeli. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 869-71 N. 5th Street,—’Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support the subdivision of 2 lots into 3 for the following reasons: it requires the demolition of an existing structure; there is inadequate open space; and, there are no “eyes” on Myrtle Street.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Rick Angeli, seconded by Chris Somers. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1022 N. 5th Street, —’We approve the legalization of this 5-unit building.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Katrina Mansfield, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 631 N. 6th Street, — ‘Thank you for your presentation. Please return to the Zoning Committee with more details about the following items. 1) Main use of this facility will be described as a movie theater, with food and alcohol as an accessory use only. 2) Security/surveillance plan; 3) Lighting and signage plan – locations and description of type(s) of signage. 4) Outside promoters – none can be used. 5) Elimination of 7 of the 4-tops outside, thereby reducing eating/drinking capacity by 28. 6) Hours of operation for the theater, food and alcohol service in the theater and food and alcohol service in the inside restaurant will be from 4:30 p.m.- midnight on Sunday through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours of Operation for the outside restaurant area will be from 4:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 7) Parking provisions: provide documentation that provisions have been made to use lots off the premises to accommodate customers at a ratio of 1:4 (1 spot for every 4 patrons). 8) Lot parking: a plan that describes how you intend to make sure that only patrons/customers of the Warehouse Theater will be allowed to park in the aforementioned lots. 9) Noise mitigation: no music outside and no sound can escape the building, and plans to mitigate other noise from the outside patio diners/drinkers. 10) Designated “smoking area”- size and location. 11) Location for lining up for shows/food/drink. 12) How lobby will function for ticket purchase, concessions stands, etc. 13) Clearly marked exits on the floor plans. 14) Movies will end on a staggered basis. 15) Extension of premises – the alcohol service area will be determined by approved plans with no extensions unless applied for and approved by the NLNA. 16) Trash and recycling plan. 17) Utilities and bathroom facilities – drawings with dimensions as per L&I requirements for full capacity in each theater and dining/bar areas. 18) Seating clarification – which seats are fixed and which are movable.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Michael Coyne. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 414-18 Fairmount Avenue,— ‘Thank you for your presentation. We will support this project if both the condo and townhouse buildings are only 38’ high and the same number of parking spaces are maintained. Please return with these changes and a trash/recycling plan.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Rick Angeli. “To temporarily suspend the rules of order in order to append a version of the following line to the motions for both 420 Fairmount and 414-18 Fairmount Avenue. ‘Before construction begins, a representative from the 414-18 Fairmount project will meet with a representative from the 420 Fairmount project and the NLNA to coordinate construction staging and sidewalk closures to minimize inconvenience to the neighborhood.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Rick Angeli. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 965-67 N. Randolph Street, — ‘We support this project as presented. Please send the Zoning Committee chair with signed and dated plans with dimensions and a list of the façade materials.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Rick Angeli. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1015 N. American Street, — ‘We cannot support the project as presented. We will support a project with 4 units and 4 parking spaces.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Katrina Mansfield. “To support the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 926 N. 4th Street, — ‘We support your project as presented.’”
Passed 10-0-0

Old Business

  • The neighbors of the 900 block of Randolph Street have asked for further help from NLNA in advocating with the Water Department to finish fixes to the street. Matt has been working on this and will continue to do so.
  • Steve asked if the fundraiser for Clean Streets has yet been rescheduled: it has not yet been but will be.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:59 p.m.

Addenda:

President’s Report, February 2014
1. PLANNING AND POLICY-RELATED ISSUES

  • Mission – We’ll start promoting the SurveyMonkey survey this month.
  • UPDATE: Businesses – We convened an initial meeting with several local business and commercial-property owners. Chris Somers and I attended on behalf of NLNA. It was quite productive, and a second meeting, with additional business owners, is slated for this month.
  • Casinos – A PA Gaming Board decision is expected around March-April. Central Delaware Master Plan – Note a proposed car showroom in the Central Delaware
  • Overlay area is one of the items in this months’ Zoning Committee report.
  • AVI/Real Estate Taxes – Gentrification Protection applications are open until February 17. The NLNA has not yet heard from the BRT with a hearing date for the appeal we filed on the assessment of 700-702 N. 2nd St.

2. FUNDRAISING/FINANCES/ADMINISTRATION

  • Administration, Budget, and Finances – Updates in the Treasurer’s Report.
  • Street/Sidewalk Cleaning – No update.
  • Events – The next event is the mid-winter party, at North Bowl in mid-February.
  • The Northern Liberties History exhibit is opening downtown February 20. Neighbor, artist, and event curator Jennifer Baker has done a great job. Everyone should attend, and we’ll be emailing out invites soon. There’s been some initial press coverage, and I am hoping we can do everything in our power to help publicize the event.
  • Spring Garden Greenway – I believe DRWC will have something to show us soon, perhaps for the Feb or Mar General Membership meeting.

3. DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AND DEVELOPER RELATIONS

  • DISCUSSION: Piazza etc. – The Piazza/Liberties Walk General Manager position has turned over yet again. We received neighbor complaints about a concert event held there Saturday, January 25. We have made contact with Piazza management and are hoping to set up a meeting with neighbors, the Piazza’s security company, and the event promoter.
  • Sound Garden Hall – No update; same status as previous reports.
  • Parking – No update.

4. OUTREACH/EVENTS/GENERAL MEETINGS

  • DISCUSSION: General Meetings – I’m still hoping to have two GMs at interesting locations this spring. One looks to be Kearny Elementary School’s new gym building. I had a productive meeting with the new principal, as well as a leader of the Home & School Association.

5. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY

  • DISCUSSION: Internet – Neighbor John Myers is looking to sell the northernliberties.org web site, and the discussion board he hosts there. We’ve been approached about taking over. I would like to discuss this at our meeting.
  • Web site – Kat has done a great job getting news items to coexist with the annual appeal in a usable, visually appealing manner.

6. OTHER ITEMS

  • DISCUSSION: Crime and Safety – I’ve heard from Councilman Squilla and 26th District Capt. Cram that they’re interested in restarting the security camera project that was to be funded by PTSSD. I want to discuss this briefly at our meeting.
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT – FEB 2014
2013-14 Budget:

  • For the four months ended on January 31st income was $45,556; this was $1,917 more than projected. Expenses totaled $31,413, which was $8,107 less than anticipated. Net income was $14,143 — $10,024 more than projected.
  • Income from our Annual Appeal has now surpassed budgeted expectations. The total amount received is $13,455 vs. the budgeted estimate of $12,000. In addition, our Christmas Tree recycling initiative netted nearly $1,000.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through January were:
  • Higher than anticipated income of nearly $2,700 from the Annual Appeal, $1,900 from the Fall Fest, $600 from community center rentals and $900 from fundraising for environmental initiatives. On the other hand, fundraising for Operation Santa ran nearly $1,800 below expectations.
  • Lower than expected spending of almost $2,300 for administrative support, $2,600 for Liberty Lands maintenance and $2,300 for program expenses also contributed to the positive balance.

Other Items:

  • In January, $28,000 of the proceeds from our 48-month CD that matured in November were deposited into two new CDs – one for 18 months and one for 24 months – from Royal Bank. A Board resolution authorized this investment.

Liberty Lands Board Report – February 2014
• January’s park meeting was canceled for lack of interest. When it’s cold at the park, it’s hard for any of us to get up and do things.
• Seth has been kept busy clearing the sidewalks with all the snow and ice.
• It looks like one of the big kid swings is detached on one side. We need to fix that.
• All the things that we have needed to do for the last few months still need to be done. The upcoming meeting (Tuesday, Feb. 11) is the time for us to schedule the season’s workdays, talk about projects for the spring, etc.
• Jennifer Baker’s history exhibit was a reason to pull out a lot of old photos, and Janet and Liz are hoping to spend some time soon putting together a scrapbook of building-Liberty-Lands photos. If anyone has old pictures they’d like to add (or wants to play scrapbook with us), let us know.
• Josh from Awesome Fest contacted us and is up for showing around 8 movies this summer, still on Friday nights, which seemed to work well last summer.
• In news about fundraisers that benefit the park: Don and Larry and Janet are going to meet with a local promoter to see about possibly partnering with him for future music festivals. Meanwhile, Natalie and Janet have agreed that they’d like to have someone new take over the primary organization role for the plant sale. If anyone’s interested. . .

ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING – Monday 1/27/14
Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Chris Issacson, Melissa Magness, Tim McDonald, Joe Mikuliak, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons, Sharon Richman, Ira Upin, Members absent: Charlie Abdo, Ken Grono,

1108 N. Front Street – I2 – Herc Grigos: A return visit with an adjustment to a pre-approved plan for 30 single family dwellings. Original presentation was November 8, 2012. Motion from November 26, 2012: We support the project as presented with a 2-story commercial space along Front Street with the following provisos: The entire project is built in one phase; Go to the UDC to discuss façade, materials, landscaping, green roofs, lighting, security; Please present to the UDC a more detailed plan of the NE corner of development along Front Street. Before a letter of support is issued, we must see a refusal that agrees with the details of the presentation. [At previous visit concern was expressed regarding the lack of “inclusion” on Front Street with just parking facing that street. The committee suggested some kind of industrial/commercial application facing Front with parking behind it. This project includes 27 houses (5 with one car garages) and 14 apartments. There are 23 outdoor parking spaces provided. Storm water management was proposed through a 100% green roof. The potential for a 3rd floor on the commercial building was discussed, but plans were not firm.] The partial 4-story and partial 2-story buildings on Front Street were changed to a 3-story structure straight across that is 38’ high. The green roof has been eliminated. The building is now 28’ deep with more space between the building on Front Street and the building behind it. The number of apartments was reduced from 13 to 10. The “retail” tenant on Front Street will be the office for the company that will manage the property. The neighbors expressed concern about: the noise/echoing factor created by the longer stretch of additional height of the building; the need for adequate down-lighting onto the sidewalks to give a “presence” even when the office is closed; and the need to make the façade more attractive.
Motion (Ira) – 2nd (Sharon): Vote 7-0 Thank you very much for your presentation. We are interested in the success of this project. Please go to the UDC to discuss refinements to the design including the following: façade improvements to increase attractiveness; sound baffling to absorb sound (e.g., a green wall, etc.); and down-lighting on the outside of the retail space as well as inside lighting to create more of a presence on the street. A letter of support will be issued upon recommendation of the design committee.

933-37 N. Front St. – I2 – Herc Grigos: A return visit with an adjustment to a pre-approved plan for 7 single family dwellings.[Motion from April 30, 2013: We support the plan as submitted. Please visit the Urban Design Committee with dimensional drawings, house materials, fencing materials and landscaping plans.

Discussion: The original proposal was revised and redesigned to be 7 houses and not 8 houses. The first home along Front Street has many windows and with the entrance on Front Street there is now a major presence on Front Street. There is a 12’ walkway and planters along the front of all the homes. Parking is in the back of the houses with a gate at the driveway entrance. Cars enter and exit onto Front Street. Each house has a deck over the driveway (off the living/dining room) and one on the roof. There will be a pedestrian entrance from Canal Street. [Motion from December 18, 2012: We do not support this project as proposed with homes perpendicular to Front Street. We prefer an arrangement with 3 larger house at the front of the lot and 3 at the back of the lot with a drive through, or an apartment building, either of which would provide more of a presence on Front Street. A row of houses (19’x26’5’) would be built perpendicular to Front Street. Back yard would sizes would begin at 9’ at the Front Street end and gradually enlarge to 16’at the east end. Bedrooms were 10’x10’ and 10’x12’. The changes presented were based on the additional cost of underpinning and the 10’ grade difference from Front Street to Canal Street. The changes include an overhang along the back of the houses and eliminating the deck space off the living room for units 2-7 (each will still have a roof deck and a deck off the master bedroom). The house facing Front Street will not change.
Motion (Tim) – 2nd (Mike): Vote 7-0 We support the project as presented.

510-626 N. Delaware Avenue – CMX3 – Gene DeSimone/Michael Mattioni: A proposal for a multi-story building with a café on the first floor, car dealership on the second floor and residential units above. This city owned lot is 60’x150’ with an empty building on it that would be demolished. This group spoke with the Mayor’s office and got their support for this project. The structure as currently proposed would be 8 stories high for a total of almost 100’. Floor #1 would be 18’ high and house part of the car showroom and a 2700 sq. ft café (Radicchio); floor #2 is 15’ high and is for the car showroom; floor #3 is 11’ high and is part showroom and part residential; and floors #4-8 would be 11’ high and all residential. There are: 25@1 bedroom apartments; 10@2 bedroom apartments; and, 5@2 bedroom apartments. (Based on further analysis, it is likely that 2 additional floors of residential space would be added for cost effectiveness and the height would exceed 100’.) The floor to area ratio (FAR) for CMX3 allows for 45,000 sq. ft. of residential space. The current plan has 50,000 sq. ft. and the addition of two more floors would add another 18,000 sq. ft. There would be no car test driving from this location and no housing of additional cars. All extra cars would be stored at the proposed 500-18 N. 2nd Street location for vehicle repair and auto body repair/painting. There are 20 parking spaces underground for the apartments and for valet parking for car showroom customers and perhaps café parking. The developers were advised of the water issues in this area, the potential for hazardous waste to be removed from this former asphalt company site and the proximity to leaking tanks from the adjacent gas station.

DISCUSSION: Neighbors generally liked this type of development. Waterfront Square neighbors were concerned about the amount and type of lighting and signage that would be used – enough to promote a safe environment but not so much that would become a nuisance to the residents. Not enough information was provided about the restaurant – number of indoor seats, outdoor seating and number, liquor license, hot cooking, take-out, etc.

Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Ira): Vote 8-0 Thank you for your presentation. We like the use of the property for a car showroom, a café and multi story apartment building in this area, but we are not prepared to fully support your project at this time. We need more information about: parking (1 guaranteed space for every 2 apartments); the number of stories and units as relates to parking availability; signage and lighting that does not disturb neighbors; the restaurant – number of indoor and outdoor seats, liquor license, hot cooking, etc.; car showroom – that it operates only as a showroom and not a full service dealership with repairs, test drives and outdoor lot. Please return with answers to our questions and further refine the drawings of the building that would be erected and a more defined parking plan for the restaurant and car showroom. Also, please explore reusing elements of the buildings, such as the façade, in the new building.

420 Fairmount Avenue – ICMX – Brian Phillips: A proposal for 48 units in existing building with 9 parking spaces and 25 new single family dwellings with 1:1 parking. This project encompasses all the buildings on Fairmount and Wallace with the red brick/blue windows coverings as well as buildings and lots on 5th Street. The taller buildings will be redeveloped into 48 flats (5 studios, 33@1 bedroom, 9@ 2 bedrooms) and other buildings will be demolished including the United Refrigeration building on 5th. In addition, there are 25@4-story townhouses that will be 44’ high to the roofline. These homes will have pilot houses. They are proposing 37 parking spots for 73 units (1 for every 2 units), only 15 of which are dedicated private garage spaces (in townhomes).

DISCUSSION: There are so few parking spaces for so many bedrooms. It was suggested that some of the houses be turned into non-residential units (e.g. artist type studios) and some of the small apartments be combined for larger units). No perspective drawing of the facades were provided or how the end units of each of the 5 sections would be treated, only general floor plans were given. Neighbors were concerned that the solid “wall” townhouses fronting on Wallace Street would be too overbearing for the size of the street. No information was provided about whether the project would be phased in or built all at the same time, which could be very disruptive to the neighborhood. Neighbors were also concerned about the safety in the various parking areas because there were so many pedestrian entrances/exits and someone could enter and lurk waiting for unsuspecting people getting out of their cars. A straw poll of the neighbors in attendance was taken to determine if an exit from one of the parking lots onto Wallace Street would be acceptable. The overwhelming majority did not want car traffic on Wallace Street.

Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Jon): Vote 8-0 Thank you for your presentation. There were several concerns expressed by neighbors. We would like you to reduce the negative impact of this large scale renovation/construction on nearby neighbors. Please return and consider the following and return to the Zoning Committee with adjusted plans that include: all non-residential use on first floor of older buildings; reducing the total number of units by merging several units together on the upper floors; save more of existing buildings perhaps for artist use; more use of Wallace Street to drive into or exit parking lots (enlarge 5th Street end of Wallace); plans for phasing of construction; we feel that 44’ height of the townhouses plus a pilot house is too tall for a street as small as Wallace so reduce the height and consider offsetting the 4th floor from the street so it will look like a 3-story building from the street); and elevations of all buildings in context with one another and perspective drawings down Fairmount Street and down Wallace Street with proposed homes (as seen from a walking perspective).

869-71 N. 5th Street – RSA5 – Ed Fink: to create 3 lots from 2 for the erection of 3-single family dwellings with parking. This was a preliminary proposal. Floor plans were not developed and façades were not specified. The three houses would front on Myrtle and have 2 car garages (18’x18’) that would be recessed 3’ from the sidewalk. They would be 3 stories high with a basement. The only open space would be a 5’ deep yard.

Motion: (Ira) – 2nd (Melissa): Vote 7-0 Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support the subdivision of 2 lots into 3 for the following reasons: it requires the demolition of an existing structure; there is inadequate open space; and there are no “eyes” on Myrtle Street.

ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING – Tuesday 1/28/14
Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Melissa Magness, Tim McDonald, Joe Mikuliak, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons, Sharon Richman, Ira Upin, Members absent: Charlie Abdo, Ken Grono, Chris Issacson

1022 N. 5th Street – RSA5 – Marcos Perez: A proposal for the legalization of 5 units in former multi-unit building. The Zoning designation was changed from multi-family to single-family for this location. The structure was not grandfathered in even though this building has been a 5-unit building for the last 35 years. No changes were made to the building and none are required. This is just a paperwork issue.

Motion: (Chris) – 2nd (Ira): Vote 6-0 We approve the legalization of this 5-unit building.

631 N. 6th Street – ICMX – Ray Murray: A proposal for a 3-screen movie theater with food and alcohol. This structure for Warehouse Cinema is 8500 sq. ft. and would repurpose an existing warehouse. Zoning regulations do not permit “adult” movies. Three theaters are proposed (#1 – 90 seats; #2 – 100 seats; #3 – 60 seats). There is 5’ between each row of reclining seats. Food and alcohol would be served in the theaters. A restaurant/bar area would be included inside the structure and food and liquor service/seating outside the building (20’x60’) for a total of 75 restaurant/bar seats. They have applied for a liquor license. The entrance to the restaurant/bar is through the theater. There are 20 parking spaces available adjacent to the building and another 30 spaces in a lot across the street. Entrance to the parking lot(s) would be manned and they would be gated and secured. There are only 4 stalls in the ladies’ room and 2 for the men.

DISCUSSION: There is no height or parking requirement in this area. A CLA is our only means of control in this type of project. The developer said they surveyed neighbors in the area about the project, however, a neighbor complained that the people that were approached by the developer were only nearby renters and not homeowners like herself and her neighbors. She had reservations about the potential parking problems, the noise, drunken customers, litter, public urination, vandalism, etc. Another neighbor thought the project was a good addition to an otherwise “dead and scary” street. One neighbor thought that the outdoor seating was out of proportion to the theater size. Neighbors wanted it mandatory for anyone who used the parking lots to actually buy a theater ticket.

Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Jon): Vote 7-0 Thank you for your presentation. Please return to the Zoning Committee with more details about the following items. 1 – Main Use of this facility will be described as a movie theater, with food and alcohol as an accessory use only; 2 – Security/Surveillance plan; 3 – Lighting and Signage plan – locations and description of type(s);
4 – Outside Promoters – none can be used; 5 – elimination of 7 @ 4 tops outside, thereby reducing eating/drinking capacity by 28; 6 – Hours of Operation for the theater, food and alcohol service in the theater and food and alcohol service in the inside restaurant will be: Sunday-Thursday 4:30 p.m. – midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. – midnight. Hours of Operation for the outside restaurant area will be: Sunday->Thursday 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7 – Parking Provisions: provide documentation that provisions have been made to use lots off the premises to accommodate customers at a ratio of 1:4 (1 spot for every 4 patrons); 8 – Lot Parking: a plan that describes how you intend to make sure that only patrons/customers of the Warehouse Theater will be allowed to park in the aforementioned lots; 9 – Noise Mitigation: no music outside and no sound can escape the building; plans to mitigate other noise from the outside patio diners/drinkers; 10 – Designated “smoking area”- size and location; 11 – location for lining up for shows/food/drink; 12 – how lobby will function for ticket purchase, concessions stands, etc., 13 – clearly marked exits on the floor plans; 14 – movies will end on a staggered basis; 15 – Extension of Premises – the alcohol service area will be determined by approved plans with no extensions unless applied for and approved by the NLNA; 16 – Trash and Recycling Plan; 17 – Utilities and Bathroom Facilities – drawings with dimensions as per L&I requirements for full capacity in each theater and dining/bar areas; 18 – Seating clarification – which seats are fixed and which are movable.

414-18 Fairmount Avenue – RSA5 & I2 – Shimi Zaken: A return visit with a proposal for residential and parking. Motion from November 26, 2013: Thank you for your presentation. We feel that 32 bedrooms for this site is too dense. Given the proposed RSA5 zoning for this site with the possibility of 8 houses (24 bedrooms), in order for our support of a residential use, we ask that you: build to a maximum height of 38’; reduce the number of units from 12 to 8, thereby reducing the total number of bedrooms from 32 to 24; and, maintain the 12 parking spots. DISCUSSION from 11/26/13 presentation: There was considerable concern regarding the density of this project. This land parcel will be rezoned RSA5 which would mean that they could build 6 single family houses. A major issue was that the developer was using the industrial height allowance of the ICMX with the RSA5 allowance for residential construction without providing necessary open space. Only the front portion of the project that includes 3 townhomes fronting on Fairmount were modified to become 3-bedroom houses as requested. The architect felt that he already compromised enough with the reduction in height on Fairmount Street and did not want to reduce the 6 condos (3 in each building) fronting on Wallace Street which remained unchanged at 42” high. The 12 parking spaces were not maintained as requested. The plan specifies 10 parking spaces, but in reality, only 9 spaces are truly useable. The expected refusals are for proposing a residential space in an industrial area and the required open space is actually a driveway and parking spaces. Townhouses façades will have metal paneling on the bay projections, brown bricks, wood slat paneling and limestone steps and planters.

DISCUSSION: The condo structure fronting Wallace Street is very massive for the size of the street.

Motion: (Tim) – 2nd (Joe): Vote 6-0-1 Thank you for your presentation. We will support this project if both the condo and townhouse buildings are only 38’ high and the same number of parking spaces are maintained. Please return with these changes and a trash/recycling plan.

965-67 N. Randolph Street – RSA5 – Andy Duncan: A proposal for 2 single family dwellings with garages. Two houses (without basements), each with a garage, would replace two garages adjacent to each other. The existing curb cuts would be used. There is no parking allowed on that side of Randolph Street. The houses comply with RSA5 open space. The roof decks are set back as required. The only problem was the refusal for the garages. Neighbors saw no problem with allowing these homes to be built.

Motion: (Tim) – 2nd (Melissa): Vote 6-0 We support this project as presented. Please send the Zoning Committee chair with signed and dated plans with dimensions and a list of the façade materials.

1015 N. American Street – I2 David Killian: A proposal to add a first floor ADA unit which will remove one spot from a pre-approved plan of 4 upper units and 4 parking spots. [Group Motion from January 29, 2013: Thank you for your presentation. Please go to the UDC to discuss façade design, interior layout, materials and parking. A letter of support will be issued upon the recommendation of the UDC, and if you provide us with a copy of the refusal that is in agreement with your presentation, and if you provide us with your approval of the parking plan by the Streets Department.] Four units on the 2nd and 3rd floor with parking underneath were previously approved. State ADA approval required an elevator to be accessible to everyone on that floor, not just the ADA unit. This required a redesign with no elevator and the addition of a 5th unit (now the ADA compliant unit) on the ground floor. One parking spot was eliminated to make room for the ADA unit. The anticipated refusal is for the residential building in a commercial area. DISCUSSION: The revised layout was complicated and difficult to discern. The loss of a parking spot was also an issue.

Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Tim): Vote 6-0 We cannot support the project as presented. We will support a project with 4 units and 4 parking spaces.

631 N. 926 N. 4th Street – RSA5 – Josh Otto: A proposal to install a roll-up gate in the rear of the property. This house extends from 4th Street to Leithgow. The existing gate swings out onto the sidewalk and (narrow) street. The Streets Department already approved the roll-up gate. The gate will not be attached to the neighbors’ walls. They will also repair the sidewalk.

Motion: (Jon) – 2nd (Melissa): Vote 6-0 We support your project as presented.