‘Flying Cottage’ at ZAB By RICHARD BRENNEMAN

Tuesday August 23, 2005

The Flying Cottage has landed again, this time on the agenda for Thursday night’s meeting of the Zoning Adjustments Board. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 

The controversial popup at 3045 Shattuck Ave. has had a hard time passing muster with neighbors and city officials. Repeated appearances before the Design Review Committee (DRC) have resulted in rejections—the latest on June 16—prompting architect Andus Brandt to appeal to the Zoning Adjustments Board, which will hear the pleas of Brandt and owner Christine Sun Thursday. 

DRC member and architect Burton Edwards said “we did not respond favorably” to Brandt’s latest revisions. 

“We still find a number of difficulties, both on esthetic grounds and in terms of ZAB issues. If we had the opportunity we would have preferred to continue with the design review process, but the applicant preferred to take it directly to ZAB,” Edwards said. 

The project will only come back to DRC if ZAB requests that the panel address very specific design issues. 

Sun’s project is a sore point with neighbors, who contend that completion of the three-story structure will pose parking, esthetic and privacy issues. 

Also on Thursday’s agenda are proposals to: 

• Add three new units to a two-story, four-unit building at 2538 Hillegass Ave. 

• Demolish a 14,500-square-foot two-story warehouse at 2039 Fourth St. and replace it with a 19,000-square-foot, three-story office and retail building. 

• Approve a request to open up a new gelato store at 2170 Shattuck Ave. 

• Modify the use permit for a mixed-use project at 2310 Fulton St. 

• Approve a fast food restaurant in a new mixed use building at 3075 Telegraph Ave. s