Committee Member Blumer said he would excuse himself from participating on this item, and he left the room.
The Committee reviewed site and architectural plans to construct a new 1,740-sq.-ft. office building for the Assistance League of Fullerton on property at 223 West Amerige Avenue. Program Planner Linnell said that the new building would be constructed where three existing residential units are presently located. The units would be demolished and the new building constructed by the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency as part of an approved agreement with the Assistance League of Fullerton. When the building is completed, the Agency will be able to demolish the League's existing facility on the south side of Amerige Avenue for the expansion of the Police Department. He noted that the new building reflects a Craftsman style and fits with other residential development on the block; staff's only issue with the proposed design is the use of brick veneer for the exterior walls, which is not typical for Craftsman architecture.
In attendance were Marilyn Perris representing the Assistance League and Rick Crane of Crane Architectural Group, the architect for the Assistance League. Mrs. Perris explained the League's programs and the space needs that would be met by the new facility. She said that the new building should be designed with low maintenance in mind, which is one reason why the exterior is proposed with a brick veneer instead of wood siding.
Mr. Crane displayed a color and materials board for the proposed building. He said that a true brick veneer for the building was selected to address the League's preferences and the building is designed with a pitched roof, also desired by the League. He said that the commercial building is not intended to be a Craftsman bungalow, but rather, to have features reflecting that style as a way to fit with nearby property. In response to a question on the use of the brick, he noted that the windows would be recessed at least 2 to 3 inches and would have a sill detail. He confirmed that the building would be situated on its own lot, separate from the League's existing commercial building at 233 West Amerige Avenue. The site plan shows sufficient parking on the lot in order to stand-alone.
Chairman Caufman, noting that no one from the public was present, closed the public hearing and asked for comments from the Committee.
Committee Members were supportive of the design of the building as proposed. Members thought that the use of brick was acceptable for a commercial building, given the League's concern for long-term maintenance. It was suggested that the building's exterior walls might be protected with an anti-graffiti sealant. Members thought that the planter areas on the west side of the property should be situated further south or enlarged in order to soften the expanse of the building's brick wall.
Motion by Johnson, seconded, and CARRIED unanimously by Members present to APPROVE the Minor Development Project ZON02-00032, as proposed, subject to the recommended conditions in the staff report and amended with the following:
- The planter areas on the west side of the property will be modified so that more landscaping is provided in front of the brick walls of the building.