Thursday, November 18, 2010
|Some of the crowd at the Landmarks Commission meeting.|
At a well-attended meeting of the King County Landmarks Commission, the Commission staff made an extensive report about the design plans for Shorewood and recommended approval of the "Certificate of Appropriateness" which indicates that the Bassetti Architects and Shoreline School District have met all the code requirements for additions to a building with Landmark status, the Ronald School.
Stressing that the Commission, by statute, does not consider the use of the building or the ownership, the Commission explained that their task is to consider the landmarked portion of the building: the exterior of the building and the parcel of land it sits on.
After a presentation by the architects, over 30 people took the opportunity to express their opinions.
|The Old Ronald School|
The Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the architects and school district, pointing out that if the new school is attached to the Ronald School, it will be brought up to earthquake code, the exterior bricks and mortar will be completely repaired, and the rotted portico wood will be replaced. Most importantly, the aluminum windows would be replaced with wood or wood-clad windows in the original style of the building.
As for the land, they agreed with the comment that it was impossible to restore the area to the rural, agricultural land and dirt roads that existed when the school was built.
|Commissioners confer with staff before the meeting|
A formal notice of the decision will be given to Bassetti Architects and Shoreline School District. If opponents who wanted a larger set-back from the Ronald School, or who felt that the design of the addition overwhelmed the Ronald building still wish to take action, the next step would be to appeal to the Shoreline City Council.
"It's your community," the Commissioners said. "We hope that some of the design elements mentioned in the comments can be incorporated into the buildings."
"This is a very special community," they said. "We are used to these determinations being ignored. To have 70 people at a meeting, passionate about their history and their kids' education, is pretty impressive.