There were two parallel conversations taking place as the City Council considered 1135 Santa Rosa (“SLO building looks like a ‘giant rock’ ” Tribune, Oct. 4). One was timing — the applicant changed the color scheme from the approved plans, then requested approval after completion. Timing was not a consideration of council; although there were some glitches in communication that warrant in-house review, there is a process of notification and compliance that is generally working.
The relevant conversation for council that evening was, does the design as currently proposed meet our design guidelines? ARC believed it does not, thus the appeal by the Mr. Kulick. There was no assertion, however, by ARC or Council that it would necessarily have to go back to the original design. On Tuesday, council determined the project in its current state generally does comply with design guidelines, including the dark gray. However, the ‘rear’ elevation (coming up Marsh Street) appears massive and out of context, contrary to our design guidelines. Solutions could include painting some elements, such as the balconies, a different color, adding a change in texture or material or some other strategy.
Andy Pease, San Luis Obispo
Editor’s note: Andy Pease is a San Luis Obispo City Council member.