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Far West Design Review Case Report


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Project Information

Far West Case #  FW 2016-031

Address: 3430 Rocky River Dr
Company: Hoffman Architectural Innovations, LLC
Architect: Hoffman Architectural Innovations, LLC

New mother house. Temporary parking lot during construction.


Committee Actions/Submissions

Date: December 6, 2016
Committee: Staff
Action Type: Initial Plan Submission
Date: December 14, 2016
Committee: Local Design Review Committee
Action Type: Schematic Design Approval
Schematic Approval as presented. No conditions.
Project will come back to committee for at least one more review for Final Approval.
Committee Comments:
  • Committee emphasized that applicant should carefully study and plan for the experience of the walkway providing access to and going around the building.
  • Committee asked that applicant study the connector design. Could more glass be used? Study how to frame views of woods and landscaping from inside the connector and building. Building and site design should maximize engagement, for residents and visitors alike, with the beauty of the natural landscape.
  • Entry Perspective Rendering - Remove top mullion on windows so that there are four panes instead of five.
  • A walkway along the new drive would be nice!
  • Committee expreseed some anxiety over suggestion of harvesting materials from existing mother house to be incorporated in new building. Committee would not want to see a scenario where the architectural integrity of the existing mother house is compromised in a way that would diminish opportunities for preservation and re-use of the existing building at some future date.

Project Representatives in Attendance:

Mark Boehlke & Chad Ulman - Architects

Sister Nancy Conway - Owner Rep

Lisa Golish - Attorney

Neighborhood Representatives in Attendance:

Councilman Martin Keane

Steve Lorenz - Kamm's Corners Development Corp

CM Keane and Director Lorenz express support. Also communicated that Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis of Saint Joseph Academy supports.

Date: February 14, 2017
Committee: Staff
Action Type: Revised Plan Submission
Date: February 22, 2017
Committee: Local Design Review Committee
Action Type: Approved

No Conditions. Approved as Presented.

Committee Notes:

  1. Study smoothing angles of walking path, if possible, provided this doesn't cause problems with snow and ice removal.
  2. Add more trees on the north side of the site to provide additional screening buffer.
  3. Add trees adjacent to easterly detention basin to increase screening of properties to the north. Evergreens recommended.
  4. Landscape beds will appear sparse at the current size and planting density. Consider either increasing planting density or decreasing size of beds.
  5. Study screening chiller & generator to protect from vandalism.
Date: March 3, 2017
Committee: City Planning Commission
Action Type: Approved