The Committee reviewed site and architectural plans for a new 3-story, 5-unit apartment on property at 312-314 West Wilshire Avenue. Program Planner Linnell said that the applicant has submitted plans that take into account comments from the Committee in its preliminary review of the development on January 24th. The proposed plan will meet the city's standards for parking, open space and coverage. The new building would have an architecture style similar to the 3-story apartment to the east and the recent construction of Mr. Fischer's units at the northeast corner of Highland and Whiting Avenues. Staff believes that the focus of the Committee's review should be on the design of the north and south elevations, because they are the sides that the public will see with this development.
Alex and Marianna Fischer-Militaru, the applicant and property owners, were present to discuss the request. Mr. Fischer-Militaru said that the style of architecture is in response to the Committee's comments at the last meeting, but that he would prefer a Spanish style for the development. He showed pictures from a magazine to indicate what he had in mind. He said that the construction would be completed in phases, with the back of the property first developed, and in the second phase, the existing house at the front of the lot would be demolished for the construction of the last two units.
Vice-Chairman Johnson opened the discussion for public comments.
In attendance to comment on the request were the tenants of the two existing residences on the property owned by Mr. and Mrs. Fischer-Militaru as well as Elaine Wilkerson, the owner of the 5-unit apartment on the property to the west.
Mrs. Wilkerson said that she has seen the drawings, and she does not object to the proposed development. However, she thought the new construction should have a Spanish style of architecture, stating that this style is more in keeping with the past development of the city. She thought the submitted "board and batten" design for the new construction would present long-term maintenance problems, and she encouraged the Committee to allow Mr. Fischer-Militaru to design the building with a Spanish appearance, since that is what he would prefer to do.
Mr. Fischer-Militaru's tenants wanted to know when the new construction would start. Mr. Fischer-Militaru said that he would give notification well in advance of the construction, but that he does not know the exact time when he would develop the property. The tenants in the front house stated that they would want to move whenever Mr. Fischer-Militaru begins the construction at the back portion of the property.