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3 - Citizen Participation, 902 PearlRECttV~ ~ , __ Peter Pollock, Planning Director, City of Boulder P.O. Box 791 Boulder, CO 80306 Sharon Rosall 616 14'~ Street Boulder, CO 80302 May 7, 2002 Dear Peter, Having 1ust seen the resubmitted design plans for 902 Peazl, I wish to give DDAB and Planning Board some input regarding the design, and would appreciate your circulating it to those boards. New construction can be a product of its own time and still convey a reflection of the historic context. Given its proximity to the Downtown Historic District and the West Pearl Historic District, the building's interpretation of basic design components found in the Downtowtt is, for the most part, successful. The transom features and signboard motif incorporated into the windows at the street level, framed by the brick, works well. KICKPLATE The kickplate form helow the main level "storefronY' windows needs to be a minimum of 24" and be of a substantial material, aot jusE etched glass. In the Downtown, kickplates generally range from 20" to 36", with most at 2430 inches high. CORNER ELEMENT The proposed comer treatment is not appropriate in that this NW comer faces the smaller scale historic neighborhood and should present itself in a sympathetic design and with appropriate materials. 1) Too much glass. The second floor shows `~late glass windows" on both sides ofthe comer. Our characteristic design theme in Downtown utilizes a more balanced proportion of "solid to void", meaning that brick is the prominent material in the 2°a floor level, inset with smaller, repeating sets of windows, even at corners. Glare &om the excess glass will surely reflect into the neighborhood to the west and possibly to cars at the intersection. 2) The `~loating flat hood" is out of place. The elevated roof at the comer makes the building appear to be wearing a mortar board hat set up on spindles; this modernistic fragment is inappropriate ia this conte~et. NINTH STREET UPPER WINDOWS Whereas the Pearl Street 2°d floor elavation features more brick, the Ninth Streei side is inappropriately filled with att excessive amount of glass. Tlris is not in keeping with the historic building across the street or with the neighborhood of small businesses nearby. Best regards, ~~~,`, CJ ~'.~ ~ ~U 1Ltc~. ~ y~.~.P