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09-06-2011 Amm ON of Las Cruces UNIVERSITY DISTRICT CITIZEN'S DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE AGENDA The following agenda will be considered by the University District Citizen's Design Review Committee of the City of Las Cruces at a meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., in room 2007-A on the second floor of City Hall located at 700 North Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The City of Las Cruces does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, ancestry, serious medical condition, national origin, age, or disability in the provision of services. The City of Las Cruces will make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual who wishes to attend this meeting. Please notify the City Community Development Department at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling 528-3043 (voice) or 1-800-659-8331 (TTY) if accommodation is necessary. This document can be made available in alternative formats by calling the same numbers list above. I. Call to Order II. Approval of Minutes — March 7, 2011 III. Public Participation IV. Old Business — None V. New Business 1. Case No. UD-11-02: A request to approve a building permit for a commercial addition to an existing suite in a shopping/business center located at 1723 E. University Avenue. The subject property is located within the University District- University Avenue Zone (UD-UAZ). Submitted by Tim Curry Construction Co. LLC on behalf of Senlic c/o Greer Enterprises. VI. Other Business VII. Adjournment 1 UNIVERSITY AVENUE CORRIDOR 2 CITIZEN'S DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 3 4 5 The following are the minutes of the UAC meeting held on Monday, September 6, 2011 at 6 10:00 a.m., located at City Hall, 700 North Main St., Room 2007-B, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 7 8 PRESENT: Samuel P. Maggard — Chair 9 Dolores Connor (Councillor) 10 Nancy Binneweg 11 John White 12 13 ABSENT: John Curry 14 Michael Rickenbaker 15 16 STAFF PRESENT: Adam Ochoa, Planner 17 Bonnie Ennis - Recording Secretary 18 19 OTHERS PRESENT: Tim Curry 20 21 I. Call to Order (10:02 am) 22 23 Maggard: Well, I will call this University District Citizen's Design Review Committee to 24 order. The first order of business on our agenda, I would like to...although 1 25 think we all know each other...I'm Sam Maggard and I'm Chairman of this 26 Committee, a homeowner, property resident and so forth in the University 27 Corridor. 28 29 White: I'm John White, homeowner in the area and also a member of the 30 Committee. 31 32 Ochoa: Adam Ochoa, Development Services 33 34 Connor: City Councillor and (inaudible) number eight. 35 36 Curry: Tim Curry of Tim Curry Construction Company 37 38 Binneweg: I'm Nancy Binneweg, property owner, business owner in the Corridor area. 39 40 Ennis: I'm Bonnie Ennis, Community Development. 41 42 II. Approval of Minutes —from March 7, 201 43 44 Maggard: Approval of the minutes from March the 7th. 45 46 Connor: Move to approve 47 1 I Binneweg: Second. 2 3 Maggard: Moved and seconded that we approve the minutes of March 7, 2011 as 4 presented. All in favor say aye. 5 6 All: Aye 7 8 Maggard: Opposed? So be it. They are approved. 9 10 III. Public Participation 11 12 NONE 13 14 Maggard: Public participation? I guess we don't have any public. 15 16 IV. Old Business 17 18 NONE 19 20 Maggard: Old business — according to Adam we have none. 21 22 V. New Business 23 24 1. Case No. UD-11-02: A request to approve a building permit for a commercial 25 addition to an existing suite in a shopping/business center located at 1723 E. 26 University Avenue. The subject property is located within the University District- 27 University Avenue Zone (UD-UAZ). Submitted by Tim Curry Construction Co. 28 LLC on behalf of Senlic c/o Greer Enterprises. 29 30 Maggard: New business: case number UD-11-02, a request to approve a building 31 permit for a commercial addition to the existing suite in a 32 shopping/business center located at 1723 East University. 33 34 Connor: Move to approve for discussion. 35 36 Maggard: It's been moved to approve for discussion. 37 38 White: Second. 39 40 Maggard: Okay, we'll go right on then to Adam. 41 42 Ochoa: For the record, Adam Ochoa, Development Services. The first and only 43 case for today is UD-11-02. It is a request to approve a building permit for 44 a commercial addition to an existing suite in a shopping center located at 45 1723 East University Avenue. 46 Here is a vicinity map of where we are talking about. It is located in 47 the Pan Am Plaza, as we all know it, with frontage along University, Locust 2 I and Wisconsin Avenue. I'm pretty sure we are all aware of where this is at. 2 The subject property is located within the University Avenue Zone or UAZ. 3 These are essentially the properties that run along University and have 4 street frontage along University in the University District. The suite is 5 located in the Pan Am Shopping Center, located on the northeast corner of 6 University Avenue and Locust Street. 7 Currently the suite that we are discussing today measures 8 approximately 7,593 square feet. The proposed new addition will measure 9 approximately 1,748 square feet and the addition will actually be located to 10 the rear of the existing shopping center facing Wisconsin Avenue. I do 11 have some better pictures for you to see this. The proposed addition will 12 be built over a part of the existing parking area located to the rear of the 13 subject property. The proposed new addition will house the stockroom, 14 break room and bathrooms for the new business there. The proposed new 15 addition will not create any additional impervious area. Essentially, it is 16 being built over an existing parking area so there's no additional runoff that 17 will be created with this; so all that runoff will not be affected by the 18 proposed project. The exterior of the addition will have a stucco finish and 19 will be painted to match the color of the existing shopping center looking to 20 the rear. The proposed development follows all Development Guidelines 21 for Building and Site Development in the University District. 22 Here is a site plan of the subject property. The suite is located here 23 in the far-east side of the existing shopping center with the proposed 24 addition being located to the rear of the shopping center facing Wisconsin 25 Avenue. As you can see here the addition will not affect the driving aisles, 26 will not be taking over any existing parking areas of the adjacent shopping 27 center. 28 Here are some pictures...a little dark but you can see the new 29 business on the top left-hand corner. That is a front view of the shopping 30 center, of the new business and the bottom right picture is the rear of the 31 shopping center where the new addition will be located. 32 33 Connor: By Tuesday Morning? 34 35 Ochoa: It will be located approximately where all the meters and so forth are 36 located on that back wall. 37 38 White: Will it go up to the loading dock? 39 40 Curry: Yes. Well, which loading dock? 41 42 White: The one right in front as you come across the.... 43 44 Curry: There's its own loading dock and it goes up to a portion...but a portion of 45 the loading dock will remain because they want it. They're going to use it. 46 Bernie's a little upset 'cause he's losing the use of it, 47 3 I Ochoa: There's a full simulation of what it will look like: the top part of the picture 2 here, with the new stubble-finished addition...kind of a side view there 3 looking where the stairwell was; that's essentially where the new addition 4 will be located. So if you go back to the original pictures it looks like it'll just 5 be around there where the new addition will be. Staff has reviewed the site 6 plans and building elevations and has found them to be meeting with the 7 Design Guidelines in Section 38-44 from the 2001 Zoning Code and it, of 8 course, follows the University District Overlay. Staff recommends 9 approval. With that your options today are: 1) to approve the proposed 10 development application as recommended by staff; 2) to approve the 11 proposed development application with any modifications stipulated by the 12 Committee; 3) to deny the proposed development application, or; 4) to 13 table or postpone and direct staff accordingly. That is the conclusion of 14 my presentation. The application is here for any of your questions and 1 15 stand for questions as well. 16 17 Maggard: It's for discussion. 18 19 Connor: Mr. Chair? This is going to be their storage area? 'Cause they moved out 20 of a bigger space to this smaller space...right? I know they moved 21 because I was walking in the District and somebody said, "Did you know 22 Tuesday Morning put some ...? (Two people speaking at the same time — 23 cannot transcribe) 24 25 Curry: This is basically to be their warehouse. It has new ADA bathrooms and a 26 break room...and they signed an extended lease. I think it's a 10-year 27 lease. 28 29 Connor: Now Greer still owns that property...out of Santa Fe. 30 31 Curry: Right. 32 33 Connor: And so... 34 35 Curry: The history of the property is that we've remodeled this. We took out the 36 gym about fifteen years ago when we put in a call center and it's been a 37 couple of different call centers. There was the original call center and then 38 they left and there's a new call center that came in for a while...and then 39 they left and it's been empty for several years. They had a chance to get 40 Tuesday Morning in there and I called up Greer and said, "You know, 41 you've got all the power back there. Are you sure you want to do this?" 42 They said, "Yeah. We've gotta do something." They're really excited 43 about Tuesday Morning, in particular, because it's a good tenant, it's good 44 for the shopping center, you know. It fits with the University and it will no 45 longer be empty. 46 4 I Binneweg: Is the floor plan bigger than the frontage they have? Does it fan out inside 2 or something? 3 4 Curry and Ochoa: Yes. 5 6 Binneweg: 'Cause they have a pretty small little front. 7 8 Curry: Yeah. The floor plan... 9 10 Connor: The front door is...and then there's just a little bit to each side. 11 12 Curry: Yeah, there's not a lot of windows in there. They actually have a lot more 13 frontage than it would appear. It's just that it does not have windows. But 14 Tuesday Morning is not asking for more windows. 15 16 Connor: Now, they're right next to Milagro... 17 18 Curry: They're between Milagro and then their other wall... 19 20 Connor: They don't share with Milagro? 21 22 Curry: Yeah they do. 23 24 Connor: Okay. 25 26 Curry: And the other wall is a 4-foot drop off, that little space is empty, and after 27 that is the bakery that it's Vince's, to bake bread. I'm sorry, Bernie uses it 28 now. Vince used to have it. Milagro has a little bakery...there's a little 29 bakery hidden in there. Nobody knows it's there. (all laughing) 30 31 Binneweg: What's going on in there? 32 33 Curry: It's a little kitchen. 34 35 Connor: It's for him to make what he sells. 36 37 Connor: He makes his bagels and all that stuff. 38 39 Connor: Oh, I see. 40 41 Curry: That's where he does all that. 42 43 Connor: So, it's just his commercial business. 44 45 Curry: But Vince put it in. Vince was using it years ago to make his bread for 46 Lorenzo's but it's just a little hidden spot in there. But there'll be a little spot 47 empty. That'll be it for the whole shopping center. 5 1 2 Connor: I guess I'm just thinking that when you go into Tuesday Morning and you'll 3 smell coffee and bakery... 4 5 (Several people speaking at the same time— cannot transcribe) 6 7 Curry: Well, you'll never know the bakery's there but it'll be good for Bernie. 8 9 Connor: When I had C. Taylor and Company, you know, in Arroyo Plaza, that 10 coffee, Vista Travel, was next door and you walked into Vista Travel you 11 could smell all the coffee. That was just a sarcastic question. (all laughing) 12 13 Binneweg: And I have a question about all the junk that's stacked back in that parking 14 area. Is that all Tuesday Morning's stuff, all the huge piles of stuff up in the 15 air? 16 17 Curry: I don't know what all that is. It's not theirs. 18 19 Binneweg: Really? It's very unsightly. 20 21 Curry: It's further down. There's somebody else working down there. I don't think 22 it's theirs. I haven't been there in a little while but all that stuff going on 23 down below somebody else... 24 25 Connor: Closer to Toucan's? 26 27 Curry: Yeah. There's a couple of different things going on down there that I don't 28 have any part of; but Tuesday Morning doesn't have any stuff, I don't think. 29 30 Binneweg: I mean, all that stuff's all in the parking. If they needed that parking they 31 would be in a hurting status because the piles of stuff have been there for a 32 long time. 33 34 Curry: Yeah. They're going really slow. 35 36 White: This picture says "8/30" on it and it looks like shelving that probably 37 Tuesday Morning was using... 38 39 Binneweg: Oh, there's even more of it by the street. 40 41 White: ...and then the cardboard's probably... 42 43 Curry: They were there for a few days but I think their stuff's cleaned up. 44 45 Binneweg: No. That picture doesn't show down further and it's taking up parking 46 places and it's 6 or 8 or 10-feet high with crap piled up there. 47 6 I Curry: I don't know what it is. 2 3 Binneweg: Does Codes do anything about that or do they figure they don't need the 4 parking space so they just leave it there and let people store some junk out 5 of the parking place. 6 7 Ochoa: Well, my experience with Codes is they'll go when somebody calls them so 8 that's something that maybe somebody could let them know, though... 9 10 Curry: Whatever's going on, I'm sure, is temporary; because Greer has a full time 11 maintenance guy there and I'm sure that David knows exactly what's going 12 on. I'm sure he knows how long it's going to be there and I'm sure that 13 Greer knows all about it. 14 15 Binneweg: Yeah. 16 17 Curry: They won't put up with it. They wouldn't...it's got to be something going on 18 in there that... 19 20 Binneweg: Has a finite schedule... 21 22 Curry: Yeah. 23 24 Connor: Mr. Chair... so your addition comes out how many feet from the wall? 25 26 Curry: Oh, I don't remember....seventeen hundred feet...it comes out like 12-feet 27 or 14, something like that. 28 29 Ochoa: That's right. 30 31 Connor: So it's not a problem there. So can you not have Greer paint the entire 32 back of the building? I've asked him to do that a couple of times because, 33 you know, Wisconsin is still a travelled road and it would be nice to not 34 have to look like most back of buildings look like. Maybe it's just me. 35 36 Curry: We could turn a price in to him and see what he says. I could say.... 37 38 Connor: I just really seriously would like that. I've asked him. 39 40 Curry: I've offered to do it for him. 41 42 Connor: And I've met them but if you're going to be taking over, you know, doing 43 that section it's going to look kind of awkward. (inaudible) It's not quite a.... 44 45 Curry: Well, it would be pretty easy to paint it, but I think they've been struggling. 46 47 Connor: Right. 7 1 2 Curry: They've had a lot of empty space in there. 3 4 Connor: And now the...I don't know how you say it...Okazuri? Is that open now? 5 6 Curry: I don't know. I think they are. 7 8 White: Yeah, it's open. 9 10 Ochoa: The Japanese restaurant is open now. 11 12 Connor: Oh, it's Japanese? 13 14 Ochoa: Yes. 15 16 White: Sushi. 17 18 Maggard: Dolores, you mentioned Codes. Adam, did you advise Codes...? 19 20 Connor: To be here? 21 22 Ochoa: I did give them a call, I did leave them a message; but I don't know if you 23 know this but our phones have been kind of weird. I've been having 24 problems. I guess I'll contact Alma for the next meeting and I'll try to make 25 sure we have somebody from Codes next time. 26 27 Maggard: I'd appreciate that. 28 29 Ochoa: Yes, sir. 30 31 Maggard: Other discussion? 32 33 Connor: I call for a vote. 34 35 Maggard: That's been called for. All in favor of approval of the case number UD-11- 36 002 signify by saying aye. Opposed: no. Now, there you have... 37 38 Connor: Does that mean you're a no? 39 40 Ennis: Who seconded the vote? Mr. White? 41 42 Maggard: Yeah. 43 44 Connor: You're a yes, right? 45 46 Maggard: Yeah, I'm a yes. 47 8 1 Binneweg: All in favor. 2 3 VI. Other Business 4 5 Maggard: I guess we're other business. 6 7 Connor: I already told you. The streets got paved and that's all I've got. 8 9 Ochoa: I just wanted to let you all know, as well, there are other projects that are 10 going on in the University District. In a couple of the other shopping 11 centers, I believe, a couple of new restaurants are coming in, but they're 12 taking the place of old restaurants that been existing so nothing that meets 13 the criteria to be reviewed by the Board. So just in case you're driving by 14 and you see some work going on just know that they're going to meet the 15 threshold to come here. It's just the one we saw today was just...the cost 16 is what brought him in and I know it's just a small addition that met the 17 square footage requirement but he definitely needed that evaluation 18 requirement. So, just to give you all a heads up and let you know we are 19 reviewing those and keep it all in mind. 20 21 Connor: What restaurants? 22 23 Ochoa: I believe in the shopping center where the Keva Juice is at...I believe a 24 new Chinese food restaurant is going in there. 25 26 Maggard: Where Five Brothers was? 27 28 Ochoa: Yes. I believe so. 29 30 Binneweg: I wonder if they're going to put some more exhaust fans in the roof of Five 31 Brothers. You go in there and before you order and get out it's like, "God, 32 you're just dripping in Chinese...the smell of Chinese food...the deep fry." 33 (all laughing) 34 35 Ochoa: I have no authority over that one but it's a good point, though. There's that 36 one and, I believe, there's another project going into the Cervantes 37 Building. 38 39 Binneweg: That would be nice. That place must be hurting. 40 41 Connor: I also heard that the rental offices, Greco, moved into the back side of the 42 property. 43 44 Ochoa: Oh, really? That's the first I've ever heard of it but there's just on-going 45 projects and I'm letting you know. I'm, personally reviewing almost all of 46 the building permits and so... 47 9 I Connor: I heard Metropolitan Deli is for sale? 2 3 White: Right. 4 5 Binneweg: It's been for sale for a long time. It's had the sign in the window. 6 7 Connor: Oh, okay. 8 9 White: The DG's Deli has also been trying to sell. 10 11 Binneweg: Yeah. 12 13 Connor: DG's wants to sell? 14 15 Binneweg: Eric would like to get out of that. 16 17 Connor: It's like a staple there. 18 19 Maggard: Is there anything else? 20 21 Connor: I have one question left: what is the final status on the Church, Newman 22 Center Church? 23 24 Ochoa: Newman Center Church? 25 26 Connor: They were talking about the road, closing the road, and...did that all die? 27 28 Ochoa: I think it kind of went away. Public Works weighed in on that and, I believe, 29 just the vacation process and so forth, I think they just kind of stepped back 30 from it. I was in it initially. A former senior planner took over the project. 31 After that I really don't know what happened with it, but I know...Susan 32 Lowell, when she was here, she was involved and kept me up to date but 33 from what I remember it kind of just .... 34 35 Connor: Could you just give me, maybe, an update as to what's happening because 36 that included vacating a street and (two people speaking at the same time 37 — cannot transcribe) 38 39 Binneweg: What was it, Mesa? Continuance of Mesa right there? 40 41 Connor: Uh-huh. From Solano to... 42 43 Curry: I sold them my duplex over there so they could do that. 44 45 Connor: Well, they haven't raised enough money. That's the problem. I know it's 46 still...the church I go to is still in the process but the money hasn't 47 happened. 10 1 2 Ochoa: I can definitely check on that and at the next meeting I can give you an 3 update. 4 5 Connor: DVI, I think, is the applicant. 6 7 Ochoa: Okay. 8 9 Binneweg: Mr. Chairman, I want you to know that one time I was going to go and try to 10 get a vacation of the alley behind your house there because there's 11 nothing good that ever goes on in that alley. 12 13 Connor: (laughing) I know. 14 15 Maggard: No. 16 17 Binneweg: And I wanted to, you know, and it's not a passage for anybody. 18 19 Maggard: I'd love to see them bulldoze the dumb thing and just kind of clean it. 20 21 Binneweg: Well, I'd think you'd like to have it closed off. The neighbors are better than 22 people dealing crap in that alley back there. 23 24 Maggard: The guy in that one house still uses the alley for parking. 25 26 Connor: Does he? 27 28 Maggard: Yeah. 29 30 VII. Adjournment (10:55 am) 31 32 Connor: Motion to adjourn. 33 34 Binneweg: Second. 35 36 Maggard: All in favor? 37 38 All: Aye. 39 40 41 +� 42 Chairperson 11