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					                   City Council Chamber
                  735 Eighth Street South
                   Naples, Florida 34102

               Design Review Board Meeting – January 30, 2008 – 9:00 a.m.
                   Chairman Kukk called the meeting to order and presided.
ROLL CALL ...................................................................................................................... ITEM 1
Present:
Jonathan Kukk, Chairman                                                Thomas Scangarello
Eugene Martin, Vice Chairman                                           David Suero
Madelin Bunster
Also Present:
Adam Benigni, Planner                                                  Falconer Jones III
Brenda Blair, Technical Writing Specialist                             Lars Young
Mireidy Hanson, Planner                                                Scott Akins
Bruce Arthur                                                           Lisa Carmon

APPROVAL OF MINUTES ............................................................................................. ITEM 2
            MOTION by Martin to APPROVE the December 21, 2007, meeting minutes as
            presented; seconded by Bunster and unanimously carried, all members present
            and voting (Bunster-yes, Martin-yes, Scangarello-yes, Suero-yes, Kukk-yes).
CHANGES TO THE AGENDA ....................................................................................... ITEM 3
None.
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Petition 08-DRB01 – Consider an application for preliminary design review for Shane’s
Cabana Bar located at 495 Bayfront Place. The project consists of the replacement of the
existing cabana bar with a new 3,619 square foot two-story structure. R. Scott Akins, R.
Scott Akins Architects, LLC, presenting.
Notary Public Brenda Blair administered an oath to those intending to offer testimony; all
responded in the affirmative. This being a quasi-judicial proceeding, Board Members offered ex
parte disclosures to the effect that each had reviewed the documents provided; Member Martin
indicated that he had visited the site; and Members Suero, Scangarello, Bunster, and Kukk
indicated that they had viewed the site from their vehicles. (It is noted for the record that copies
of exhibits pertaining to this petition, including printed copies of electronic images, are contained
in the file for this meeting in the City Clerk's Office.)

Planner Adam Benigni reported that the Design Review Board (DRB) had approved a one-story
design in 2006, but City Council subsequently approved a rezone request for a two-story, 3,619
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square foot building with two restrooms on each floor. Staff recommends preliminary approval,
Mr. Benigni noted.

Architect Scott Akins explained that the new building design is more open than the existing
building and the height to the peak of the proposed dome is 29.6 feet. Subsequent changes were
made to address egress and an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirement for an
elevator. The design is Florida vernacular with a metal roof, exposed tails on rafters, and dome.
The building footprint will not change and the main ramp to the floating docks will remain in its
current location. There will be two means of egress as required on each floor. He indicated
further discussion with the Fire Department is however necessary concerning the location of the
proposed heaters. No additional landscaping is planned at this time, he continued, and advised
that signage has not been finalized, although there is a possibly for a bronze sculpture on one
wall. Most of the ground floor lighting will be recessed into the soffit (a material which covers
the underside of an overhang) to focus it downward; track-type spotlights will be utilized in the
upstairs bar. Other lights to be installed include those in the awnings to illuminate the floor and
that which will be utilized on the stairs. He indicated that the awnings will be more sloped than
shown on the site plan and the small structure above the dome consists of cabling. The bathroom
structures will be painted wood and the rest of the structure is reinforced concrete with a stucco
finish. Mr. Akins further noted that rolldown type shutters will most likely be used for security;
that the roof will be metal; that colors to be used will blend with the colors at Bayfront; and that
the awnings may be a shade of orange. The second floor will be cantilevered out 2.6 feet from
the ground floor which Turrell & Associates has already addressed with the DEP (Department of
Environmental Protection) relative to water coverage, Architect Akins concluded.

During discussion which followed, Architect Akins said he did not know the reason for there
being just one access to the docks, which is through the bar. However, there have been some
discussion of adding a second dock access point farther to the east, although the permitting
process typically takes one year or more. Chairman Kukk noted that the issue is more of people
carrying coolers and fishing gear through the bar and security for the bar itself. Architect Akins
noted that rolldown shutters at the bar could be utilized instead of shuttering the entire structure;
he also noted that the bar capacity will be approximately 220. Planner Benigni confirmed that
City Council approved the increase in size of the structure and that parking exceeds Code
requirements.

Member Scangarello requested further information relative to the north wall and potential
artwork as well as building colors and signage. He suggested securing the bar and its contents in
one manner and utilizing another method to secure the seating area such as rolldown plastic or
awnings; he therefore requested that the petitioner depict the appearance of the structure once
secured. Chairman Kukk noted that his concern was directed to the safety of the area, not the
security of inventory. Architect Akins said he believed that security was addressed when City
Council approved this project; he said he felt that the owner would dedicate security personnel to
this building. He also noted that the intent is to contain patrons inside the building and noted the
presence of traffic calming devices to slow vehicles.

Chairman Kukk suggested further review of the types of security to be utilized since boaters
access the docks through the bar. He nevertheless complimented the nautical architecture which
he said is fitting in that setting; he also suggested that the awning material be less flexible to
curtail movement and possibly used as rain protection. Chairman Kukk then also requested the

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following: DRB review of proposed artwork to be placed on one of the walls, since no details
had been provided; information pertaining to the glare from the various spotlights since they will
be positioned in various directions; additional information on the proposed heaters; and
relationship of the building to the pavement and existing landscaping. Architect Akins suggested
possibly placing large pots with greenery close to the building. Member Scangarello suggested
affixing planters to one of the walls; and questioned whether there would be any kitchen
facilities present. Architect Akins noted that there is a possibly of light food being offered; he
also confirmed that the existing wooden structure would be demolished.

Planner Benigni further noted that there are three boatslips allocated for visitors, which is
required by the DEP. Architect Akins also raised the possibly that the existing tables and chairs
surrounding the outdoor fountain would be maintained. Member Suero said he felt that lighting,
instead of space heaters, would be more appropriate and suggested considering a transparent
elevator due to the size of the structure. Chairman Kukk said he felt that the cabana bar
architecture should be exceptional since it is at the end of the vista of the entire development. He
pointed out that the architecture of the cabana bar is nautical while the remainder of the
development is Mediterranean, which creates some discord. Noting that currently there are two
towers at the ends (restrooms) with a center elevator tower, Mr. Kukk suggested the possibility
of placing two restrooms over each other (instead of four restrooms) with the elevator at the
opposite end, opening the center and creating a view of the vista in the opposite direction.
Member Suero noted that this would also provide a view of any events being held on the plaza.
Architect Akins said he would consider relocating the elevator to one side unless massing is an
issue and concurred that a glass elevator inside a glass enclosure would be optimum.

In response to Member Bunster, Architect Akins confirmed that trash is removed from the bar in
carts; elevator machinery and the ice machines will be concealed beneath the stairs. Member
Bunster concurred with previous speakers concerning relocating the elevator since it is directly
in the line of site from the vista. In response to Chairman Kukk, Architect Akins agreed to study
the departure of the style chosen for the cabana in relation to the remainder of the complex and
noted that the side view of the building is Florida vernacular, however, the dome on top
comports with existing Grecian sculptures at Bayfront.

Member Martin noted that the petitioner had addressed previous public criticism regarding the
appearance of the restrooms and further said that he felt the scale of the building relates to the
pilings below, rather than the original Mediterranean enclosed design; and suggested employing
curved structural elements for second floor projections. He also expressed concern with the
blocking on the elevator shaft and that the elevator shaft is not shown on Sheet A-4 which
depicts the two side elevations (east and west), which will step out to the south of the restroom
towers and are taller. He also suggested using a lighter texture such as stucco on the elevator
shaft. Mr. Martin further recommended shuttering the bar area only so that the entire structure is
not enclosed, and to address the necessary circulation through the bar. He was also critical of the
scale of the site plan as too small and questioned whether there were any planting areas depicted.
He suggested mitigating the towers with vertical landscaping such as palm trees, however,
Architect Akins noted that there is limited area in the promenade to consider this option. He also
pointed out that the size of the restrooms are dictated by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities
Act).



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Member Suero suggested moving the restrooms back to the bulkhead (the farthest offshore line
to which a structure may be constructed without interfering with navigation) to create more
landing space in front of the stairs. Member Scangarello suggested installing elaborate window
boxes containing hanging flowers beneath the restroom windows, as well as along the railings in
conjunction with installing planters on the sidewalk. Architect Akins noted that he would discuss
this with the structural engineer.

Public Input: (9:47 a.m.) None.

Chairman Kukk noted some of the issues to be addressed include security, organization of the
entrance with the central tower, technical issues concerning access to the boat docks, lighting,
and heaters.
            MOTION by Suero to GRANT preliminary design approval of Petition 08-
            DRB01 with the following conditions: 1) consider transparency with regard to
            the elevator shaft; 2) review sidewalk access on the north side of the building;
            3) review the use of radiant heater lamps on the perimeter; 4) provide additional
            information concerning building security; 5) consider alternative access to boat
            docks other than through the building; 6) provide landscape details; 7) provide
            building and awning colors; and 8) provide kitchen details. This motion was
            seconded by Scangarello and unanimously carried, all members present and
            voting (Bunster-yes, Martin-yes, Scangarello-yes, Suero-yes, Kukk-yes).
Prior to the vote, Architect Akins noted that the property owner requested that options for the
location of the elevator be provided at the final hearing. Chairman Kukk confirmed that the
Board had discussed altering the design of the central tower to be either more unified with the
structure or possibly relocated to one side and make it more transparent; another option would be
to relocate it to the back of the bar as part of the north wall (over the water).
Recess: 9:54 a.m. – 10:02 a.m. It is noted for the record that the same members were
present when the meeting reconvened.
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Petition 08-DRB02 – Consider an application for final design review for Panera Bread Café
consisting of changes to the façade at the Gateway of Naples located at 2184 Ninth Street
North. Bruce Arthur, William Hamilton Arthur Architect, Inc., presenting.
Notary Public Brenda Blair administered an oath to those intending to offer testimony; all
responded in the affirmative. This being a quasi-judicial proceeding, Board Members offered ex
parte disclosures to the effect that each had reviewed the documents provided; Member Martin
indicated that he had visited the site; Members Suero and Scangarello indicated that they had
viewed the site from their vehicles; and Members Bunster and Kukk indicated that they were
familiar with the site. (It is noted for the record that copies of exhibits pertaining to this petition,
including printed copies of electronic images, are contained in the file for this meeting in the
City Clerk's Office.)

Planner Mireidy Hanson explained that Panera Bread Café will be occupying existing space
consisting of 6,396 square feet at The Gateway of Naples shopping center. Proposed changes
include signage and the addition of an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible ramp;
staff recommends approval, Ms. Hanson said.

Architect Bruce Arthur explained that the site is larger than a typical Panera restaurant (4,500-
5,000 square feet). After assessing the location, it was determined that the overall square footage

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will be reduced by recessing the existing storefront and providing outdoor seating. He also noted
a significant change in elevation (approximately 21 inches within 9 feet) from the finished floor
to the driveway and the absence of an accessible path from the public sidewalk, lack of a
handicap parking space, and no ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant ramp. The
petitioner is therefore creating two handicap parking spaces, installing an ADA compliant ramp,
replacing the existing sidewalk, and creating outdoor seating area. Part of Panera's identity is an
arched entry feature and the existing awnings will be replaced with Panera's style of awnings and
used as well to provide shade for the outdoor seating area. The building color will be the same
white used throughout the shopping center; corporate colors will be used on the awnings and
arched entry. Cedar wood shutters and louvers will be utilized to soften the outdoor seating area.
The Panera logo will be located on some of the awnings and lights will be utilized to highlight
the awnings, Architect Arthur said.

Member Martin complimented the manner in which the design had been integrated into the
existing shopping center architecture; he also expressed appreciation for the color scheme, the
logo entry, and the outdoor space, noting that the latter would enhance that corner and view from
US 41. Member Scangarello concurred. Chairman Kukk also commended the petitioner for
retaining the building color utilized throughout the shopping center and complimented the
interior arched wall. He however questioned the advisability of the two arches (at the entrance)
on the corner which do not make contact with one rising upward. Architect Arthur explained that
both sides rise upward (south and east) and confirmed that Panera consistently features some sort
of corner feature and in this instance decided to have both sides start low and then rise to the
right. Chairman Kukk complimented what he described as a professional submittal and Planner
Hanson noted that a permit is required for outdoor dining.

Public Input: (10:12 a.m.) None.

            MOTION by Scangarello to GRANT final design approval of Petition 08-
            DRB02 as submitted, conditioned upon obtaining the necessary permits for
            outdoor dining; seconded by Martin and unanimously carried, all members
            present and voting (Bunster-yes, Martin-yes, Scangarello-yes, Suero-yes, Kukk-
            yes).
During the vote, Chairman Kukk indicated that he nevertheless continued to have reservations
about the corner element since there was no three-dimensional view presented.
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Petition 08-DRB03 – Consider an application for preliminary design review for Par-La-
Ville, a 5-unit multifamily development to be located at 355 Fourth Avenue South. Falconer
Jones III, Falcon Design Inc., and Lars W. Young, Lars W. Young, Inc., presenting.
Notary Public Brenda Blair administered an oath to those intending to offer testimony; all
responded in the affirmative. This being a quasi-judicial proceeding, Board Members offered ex
parte disclosures to the effect that each had reviewed the documents provided, and had visited
the site, except Member Bunster, who indicated that she had viewed the site from her vehicle. (It
is noted for the record that copies of exhibits pertaining to this petition, including printed copies
of electronic images, are contained in the file for this meeting in the City Clerk's Office.)

Planner Adam Benigni noted that the Code of Ordinances allows six units, however, only five
are being proposed; staff recommends approval, he said.


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Architect Falconer Jones explained that the concept of this project is to construct townhomes
within walking distance of Fifth Avenue South. The property, which currently contains eight
residential units, is slightly larger than 20,000 square feet with lot coverage allowed at slightly
more than 6,000 square feet (59.85%). The proposed development meets all the requirements of
the zoning district relative to height, lot coverage, and setbacks, Mr. Jones said, and also
indicated that the owners are contemplating expanding this development eastward with three
additional units, although plans have not been finalized. He then reviewed color renderings of the
site plan and all four elevations, noting that three units face the street, which includes one
standalone unit, and two are accessed from the alley. In reviewing floor plans, Mr. Jones stated
that all units are essentially the same, with approximately 3,000 square feet of living area, three
bedrooms and three bathrooms; they also feature individual swimming pools, open courtyards,
and vehicular access with two-car garages. He pointed out that additional parking is provided in
private driveways for each unit. Architecture is a Spanish colonial style reminiscent of the early
Spanish influence in Florida with clay-barrel tile roofs, mahogany garage and front doors,
trellises, natural stone, coral stone sills, and dark window frames to mimic the mahogany doors.
Architect Jones further explained that fenestration (design and placement of windows) similar to
what had been depicted is intended, with particular attention to window heights to address
privacy.

Architect Jones then confirmed that a view of the project from the alley would be presented at
the final hearing and explained that the elevations depicting the common walls are still being
developed. Chairman Kukk suggested instead of additional windows, tile work within casings
(the exposed trim or molding around doors and windows), trellises, brackets, or slight changes in
the wall plane could achieve the same effect, and would also address the privacy issue. With
regard to the instances where two garages are side by side, he suggested redirecting the roof
gable (the vertical triangular end of a building having a double-sloping roof) to customize the
look since the middle portion of the structure appears the heaviest. Architect Jones concurred,
noting that he considered utilizing additional lot coverage by extending the first floor garage
level forward two to three feet and creating a roof line which would interrupt the verticality.
Chairman Kukk also suggested review of photographs of fireplaces in older Spanish style homes
since the proposed fireplaces appear heavy for their setting. Pointing out that this installation also
functions as a digital hearth for electronic equipment, Architect Jones indicated that he would
consider reducing the massiveness of the fireplace to the degree possible. He clarified that the
fireplaces will most likely be light masonry and that he would attempt to avoid the use of metal
fireboxes.

Member Suero concurred with creating articulation differences such as hipping (the external
angle formed by the meeting of two sloping sides or skirts of a roof, which have their wall plates
running in different directions) the gables on some of the upper floors with additional
articulation on the walls. With regard to color, Architect Jones explained that the main structure
is intended to be off-white with natural wood accent elements, wrought iron elements on the
bottom garage windows, and awnings with thin blue and green stripes to introduce color.

Member Scangarello complimented the project and provided the following suggestions: further
interrupt sidewalls by considering window boxes beneath the top windows; extend the trellis
outward and plant climbing vines; and combine two individual private driveways on Fourth
Avenue South thereby eliminating one curb cut. Architect Jones however noted that the intent is


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to provide private driveways for each unit and that he also did not want to eliminate any
greenery, but said he would consider narrowing the driveways themselves.

Architect Jones then clarified for Member Suero that the center unit is in fact not surrounded on
three sides by three stories since the courtyard is aligned with the other courtyards and positioned
for optimum sunlight on the swimming pools. Member Martin suggested that vertical stucco
walls be mitigated in some manner, in light of the fact that the three-story height in an urban
location would preclude the tile roof feature from being visible at ground level. Architect Jones
concurred, noting other design elements which had been incorporated to alleviate this situation,
such as bay windows, cantilevered walkways, awnings, trellises, and the use of natural wood
soffits (a material, which covers the underside of an overhang) and fascia (a horizontal band or
board used to conceal the ends of rafters, or the front of an object). He said he intentionally did
not use heavy cornice elements and stucco banding, which is so prevalent, since this appears to
be an afterthought in most cases. He however concurred that it is a challenge to maintain a clean
look without a design appearing plain.

Public Input: (10:41 a.m.) Lisa Carmon, Naples, characterized the project as interesting and
further said that she appreciated the fact that the pools have been positioned for optimum
sunlight. She also complimented the petitioner for limiting the size of the project; however, she
said that the white color appears stark and suggested a pale peach or apricot instead as
complimentary to the dark wood elements.

Architect Jones noted that many of the comments made that day were already under
consideration.
       MOTION by Scangarello to GRANT preliminary design approval of Petition
       08-DRB03 with the following conditions: address the building color; review the
       landscaping with regard to interrupting the monotony of certain elevations;
       consider adding additional features to further interrupt the building starkness;
       and consider either narrowing or eliminating one of the curb cuts on Fourth
       Avenue South. This motion was seconded by Martin and unanimously carried,
       all members present and voting (Bunster-yes, Martin-yes, Scangarello-yes,
       Suero-yes, Kukk-yes).
CORRESPONDENCE AND COMMUNICATION ....................................................... ITEM 7
None.




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ADJOURNMENT ............................................................................................................................
10:44 a.m.



                                                                         ___________________________________
                                                                         Jonathan Kukk, Chairman

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Tara A. Norman, City Clerk



Minutes prepared by:


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Brenda A. Blair, Technical Writing Specialist




Minutes Approved: February 27, 2008

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