City Council Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2019 | City Council Minutes
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
A regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council for the City of Grosse Pointe Farms was called to order at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, by Mayor Louis Theros, at 350 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Present: Mayor Louis Theros, Mayor Pro Tem James C. Farquhar, Councilmembers Sierra Leone Donaven, John J. Gillooly, Joe Ricci, Peter Waldmeir and Lev Wood.
Also Present: Messrs.: Shane Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; Daniel Jensen, Director of Public Safety; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety; Matthew Baka, Director of Public Service; William T. Burgess, City Attorney; Mlles. Debra Peck-Lichtenberg, City Controller/Treasurer; and Laura Haw, City Planner.
Mayor Theros led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on January 14, 2019.
Mayor Theros motioned to approve the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on January 14, 2019. Motion carried.
Council received a presentation from Abigail Ward, Treasurer of the Grosse Pointe Public Library Board of Trustees.
Farquhar motioned, Ricci seconded to temporarily adjourned its Regular Session and reconvene as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Motion carried.
The Zoning Board of Appeals held a Public Hearing to consider a parking exception for the property at 92 Kercheval.
The following documents were provided to the Zoning Board of Appeals: 1) Memorandum from Public Service Director, Terry Brennan entitled, “92 Kercheval, Lindsey Cotton Book Store” dated January 17, 2019; 2) Letter from City Planning Consultant McKenna & Associates entitled, “Lindsay’s Books – Site Plan Review and Parking Exception” dated January 31, 2019; and 3) Site plan entitled, “Lindsay Cotton’s Bookstore” from Clifford N. Wright Architects PLLC dated January 30, 2019.
William Baldner, AIA, of Clifford N. Wright Architects PLLC gave a brief presentation of the request for a parking exception on behalf of his client Lindsay Cotton.
Chairman Theros requested that the Public Service Director, Matt Baka give a brief explanation of why the exception was needed.
Director Baka explained the requirements of the zoning ordinance and why the applicant needed an exception for the proposed bookstore at 92 Kercheval.
Shane Reeside, City Manager explained the City’s parking bank fund and added that the parking demand had decreased since American House Senior Living opened at 161 Kercheval Avenue.
Wood stated that the current use at the property requires seven parking spaces and the proposed use would require thirteen spaces creating a deficiency of 6 spaces.
Gillooly stated he was in favor of granting the exception because he believed this bookstore, once opened, would require less parking than the thirteen spaces required by the ordinance.
Gillooly asked the applicant if the business would occasionally be used to host parties which could need additional parking.
Mr. Baldner, on behalf of the applicant, stated that yes there would be special events held at the bookstore which may require additional parking but he believed they would be infrequent.
Waldmeir asked if the parking requirements would change if the applicant was granted a liquor license at a later date.
Director Baka stated the parking requirements would not change if the applicant was granted a liquor license at a later date.
Chairman Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:15 p.m.
No verbal or written comments were received from the public.
Chairman Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:16 p.m.
Wood motioned, Ricci seconded that the Zoning Board of Appeals waive the required six space deficiency and grant the parking exception to the required off street parking facilities in accordance with Section 1504.9 of the Zoning Ordinance for Lindsay’s Bookstore located at 92 Kercheval Avenue. YES: Chairman Theros, Farquhar, Donaven, Gillooly, Ricci, Waldmeir and Wood; NO: None; Absent: None. Motion carried.
Waldmeir motioned, Gillooly seconded to adjourn Zoning Board of Appeals and reconvene as City Council. Motion carried.
Council held a Public Hearing to consider the proposed Site Plan for the property at 92 Kercheval.
The following documents were provided to the City Council: 1) Memorandum from Public Service Director, Terry Brennan entitled, “92 Kercheval, Lindsey Cotton Book Store” dated January 17, 2019; 2) Letter from City Planning Consultant McKenna & Associates entitled, “Lindsay’s Books – Site Plan Review and Parking Exception” dated January 31, 2019; and 3) Site plan entitled, “Lindsay Cotton’s Bookstore” from Clifford N. Wright Architects PLLC dated January 30, 2019.
William Baldner, AIA, of Clifford N. Wright Architects PLLC gave a brief presentation of the request for site plan approval on behalf of his client Lindsay Cotton.
Waldmier asked if the bookstore would include a public elevator.
Mr. Baldner stated yes, there would be a public elevator.
Waldmeir asked if the applicant would have any difficulty receiving a letter from the owner of 96 Kercheval Avenue regarding the window issue referenced in McKenna’s memorandum.
Mr. Baldner stated that receiving a letter for the referenced issue with windows would not be a problem because the adjacent property located at 96 Kercheval Avenue is owned by the applicant’s family.
Waldmeir asked the applicant if they would consider the use of seasonal vegetation at the business.
Mr. Baldner stated that the owner would be amenable to that suggestion.
Wood asked Director of Public Service, Matt Baka if the proposed sign met the requirements of the ordinance.
Director Baka stated that the proposed sign met the requirements of the ordinance.
Wood asked Public Safety Director, Dan Jensen if there would be any issues accessing the roof of the business.
Director Jensen stated that the roof will have two means of egress and that the ladder truck will be able to access the roof.
Wood asked the applicant what are the businesses’ hours of operation.
Mr. Baldner stated that the business would be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gillooly stated that he is in support of the proposed site plan.
Mayor Theros asked the applicant if they would consider using Nottingham framing in their signage.
Mr. Baldner stated that the architectural inspiration for the building is a traditional New York City townhouse.
Mayor Theros asked the applicant what the estimated construction schedule is.
Baldner stated that pending approval work would begin in Spring 2019 and conclude in Winter of 2020.
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:35 p.m.
No written comments were received from the public.
Mayor Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:36 p.m.
Mayor Theros asked Public Safety if they had any comments regarding the proposed site plan.
Director Jensen stated that the only enclosed 3rd floor area is the bathroom and that needs to be sprinkled and alarmed.
Waldmeir motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the site plan for the proposed new building at 92 Kercheval Avenue based on the review standards applicable to alterations to the appearance of an existing structure in the B-1 Local Business District and the comments in the memorandums from Administration and the City Planner, subject to the following conditions: 1) A liquor license must be approved for the sale of any alcohol associated with this use; 2) An exception must be granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals to waive the required 6-space deficiency; 3) A letter from the owner of 96 Kercheval must be provided showing support for the plan, which would cover second-story windows in that structure; 4) Seasonal rooftop vegetative screening should be installed along the eastern edge of the rooftop level; and 5) Information on exterior lighting must be provided, showing minimal glare to the Kercheval streetscape and residences to the east, to the satisfaction of the Building Official. YES: Theros, Farquhar, Donaven, Gillooly, Ricci, Waldmeir and Wood; NO: None; Absent: None. Motion carried.
Council considered the following three items on the Consent Agenda.
a. Consideration of a request from John S. Snyder, Chair of the Historic District Commission to reappoint Richard Solak and James Conway to a term ending March 2022.
b. Consideration of resolution regarding Wayne County Annual Permit renewals.
c. Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve January 2019 invoices.
Farquhar motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried.
Council received the January 2019 Public Safety Report.
Council received the Quarterly Financial Report for the Six Months Ended December 31, 2018.
City Manager Reeside provided an update to Council regarding Lake Shore Road seawall repairs.
Mayor Theros asked that Council provide quarterly Committee Reports.
Ricci gave reports regarding the Grosse Pointe Farms Retirement System, Grosse Pointe Emergency Preparedness Committee and Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation.
Gillooly provided an update regarding the Ordinance Committee.
Wood provided an update regarding the Beautification Advisory Commission.
Waldmeir provided an update regarding the Parks and Harbor Committee.
Council asked for public comment from the audience. None heard.
Mayor Theros adjourned the regular meeting at 8:00 p.m.
Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk Louis Theros, Mayor