2010 at 5:00 P.M.
The Estero Recreation
Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Nancy Cohen, Brian Farrar, Bob Melzer, Bill Prysi, Gerald Simons and Jim
Joe McHarris and Al O’Donnell
was called to order by Bob Melzer at 5:00 PM.
A motion was
made by Mr. Prysi to approve the February 10th minutes as circulated
to the Committee in advance of the meeting.
The motion, seconded by Ms. Cohen was approved unanimously.
reported that he agreed to be the Chair for the EDRC after Tom O’Dea’s
resignation on a temporary basis.
Due to work and other scheduling issues, this will be Mr. Melzer’s last month as
the Chair for the EDRC. Mr. Prysi
has volunteered to fill in as the Chair for the Committee until a permanent
replacement has been found.
– PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
Cayo De Estero, Monument Sign
West side of US 41 near Estero Parkway
Brian Smith, Ensite
the site plan were submitted to and approved by the committee in December 2009.
The proposed monument sign for the site will be 17 feet tall by 9 feet
wide and is designed to be consistent with the architectural theme of the
shopping center. The sign includes
the site name, address and has Plexiglas SG panels for tenant identification.
33 requires sign base to be wider than it is tall.
the restricted site this vertical sign makes sense however it does not meet
Estero guidelines and other developers have been held to the same standards
of sign requirements and this presentation should not be treated
Plexiglas SG panels, as presented, do not meet code and must be an opaque
background with clear backlit letters.
lack of space for proper monument sign placement, the committee recommends
making an architectural feature by constructing it in a four-sided
architectural tower element instead of the proposed monument sign (to meet
the code requirements). Creating an Architectural Feature with signage on it
will afford the Applicant the means in which to create the form that they
are looking for.
A motion was
made by Mr. Farrar to review a revised architectural tower design via email and
do a straw poll of the committee without providing a final approval. The final
revised plan would be reviewed and approved at the next EDRC meeting. The motion
seconded by Mr. Simons was approved unanimously.
US 41 & Corkscrew Road at Wing City site
will be consistent with the design concept of the main shopping center. A
substantial buffer and landscaping will be added to the site.
The drive through was separated from the parking and pedestrian area.
There is a tower element located on each side of the building and at the
front elevation, with a canopy element for the drive through on located the rear
elevation. The windows include
bronze window casings and Bahama shutters, the entry canopy color will be the
Chase corporate blue and includes barrel tile for the roof.
The building will be designed to achieve the Energy Star rating.
Applicant used an interpretation of the Code that defined the total square
footage differently than the Committee has historically understood. Although
the Committee does not agree with this interpretation (as defined below),
they considered the Applicants design due to the extensive landscape plan
that they submitted and committed to executing in its entirety.
33 defines buildings with fewer than 5000 square feet of under air usage
requires a minimum roof pitch of 30 degrees. This building is less than 5000
square feet under air based on the historical interpretation of code and
therefore the Committee noted that it should have a pitched roof. The
Committee will consider a deviation to this requirement based solely on how
the Applicant returns revisions to the building as discussed at the meeting
and addresses the shortcomings outlined by the Committee at the presentation
the issues raised by the EDRC are more specifically noted as follows:
proposed some nice architectural features on the building design such as awnings
but front entry is minimal and overhang is quite small. There is not much of a
Mediterranean feel for the building overall. It was suggested to extend the
awning out on south elevation. (It
was noted by the Owner’s Rep that this will be an ATM vestibule and
precautionary measures must be taken to keep clients safe.)
design is dull and appears to be a big box with elements added on. The parapet
is a constant height with no undulation or variance of any kind. There is no
pitched roof (as required) and the building design is too symmetrical. It was
suggested to enlarge and raise the height of one of the towers.
elements to the front of the building; for example some decorative sconce lamps
on the entry columns, add more articulation in the façade, add a third body
color with different colors and or accents to break up the parapets and
Star issue is a valid statement and the committee is willing to consider the
roof configuration issue due to the energy efficiency rating of the building.
However previous committee exceptions have still required at least 60% of the
roof area to be pitched.
Landscape Plan and Site Plan where reviewed with favorable approval. The
Applicant noted that there is currently no pedestrian infrastructure to tie
the bank in with the supporting shopping center. Therefore, it was approved
to not provide sidewalks to nowhere. The Applicant has however provided
pedestrian access to the US-41 sidewalk. The Landscape goes over and above
code and the Applicant has committed to executing it as drawn. The
additional landscape is being considered as a possible tradeoff in the
issues noted with the building.
Conceptual signage was presented and the Committee noted that the signage
presented at this time is not consistent with the requirements of Chapter
33. The Applicant committed to represent signage at the next meeting.
Applicant committed to a return for a second presentation with appropriate
changes to the building and completed monument signage for the Committee’s
review and final comments before issuing a formal recommendation on these items
to Lee County. The Committee noted that the site plan and landscape design met
with their approvals and could be issued to the County as meeting the public
presentation requirements of Chapter 33.
Miromar Design Center
Same as existing sign at the MDC site
Michael Elgin, Miromar Development Corporation
billboard was presented to the Planning Panel in May ‘09 for an amendment to
increase the height of the sign from 35 feet to approx 55 feet.
The new billboard will be at the same location as the existing sign.
In addition to the increase in the overall height, the new billboard will
consist of rotor-panel design with no rider on the top.
The catwalk will remain as is for needed installation of the
rotor-panels. There will be no
outside advertisers; only tenants on-site at the Miromar Design Center will be
used on the new sign.
a tiered landscaping plan at the base of the sign, possibly a littoral
shelve at the lake bank and include varying heights of shrubs and/or trees
to anchor the sign.
suggested the color of the box from be black or bronze so it is less
are many concerns about the sign being used as a marketing median Miromar
Design Center affiliates such as Miromar Outlets or Miromar Lakes (even if
those affiliates are tenants of Miramar Design Center).
Applicant will bring back with the recommendations made for landscaping and a
commitment the signs will not be used for MDC affiliated companies, only those
at the MDC.
business was discussed
no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at
May 12, 2010, 5:00 P.M. at the Estero Recreation Center.