(+) Erin Farrell - IBNA (India Basin Neighborhood Association)
- She has lived in India Basin for about five years.
- The Neighborhood Association has a mission to preserve the history of the area.
- This cottage has a very important part in this history.
- Community volunteers have been working to save this property for many years.
- They have received about 600 signatures supporting saving this property.
- She has research the history of the property including oral histories from the maritime museum and collections of family photos of people that have lived in China Basin.
- The Landmarks Board voted to assign this property as a landmark.
(+) Melita Rines - IBNA
- She displayed a map of the China Basin area pointing to the various zoning areas--Navy shipyard, PG&E plant and 900 Innes Avenue.
- She hopes the Commission will support the Landmark designation.
(+) Wendy Brummer - IBNA
- She lives on Innes Avenue.
- The subject property has been a humble structure for many years.
- The property was built in 1875 and has original ornamentation.
- The property also has historical architectural significant features.
- There is dry rot and the foundation is practically non-existent, but the current owner had a family living there up to a month ago. So it was habitable.
- The issue is not how bad the renovation will be, the issue is whether or not this building is worth preserving based on it's history.
(+) Jill Fox - IBNA
- She has lived in India Basin for 12 years.
- May is National Preservation Month and the Commission can honor this designation by voting yes to this Landmark.
- The Landmarks Board voted to designate this property a Landmark.
(-) Hilary Lazar
- She was hired to verify the facts in this designation report.
- The report is a flawed document full of misinformation, misrepresentation and irrelevant facts.
- The document fails to follow typical research protocol.
- The report seems driven by an assumption and inference rather than hard evidence and verifiable facts.
(-) John Britain - Gary Gee Architects
- He displayed a geological map of the area explaining how the area has significantly changed.
(-) Pat Buskovitch
- He did a structural investigation of the building.
- The building was deconstructed in the 1920s and reconstructed.
- What is there now is not what was there in 1899, but it is seismically dangerous.
(-) Tom Reeves
- He is an engineer and studied the building
- The foundation was constructed in the 1920s using concrete. It is not concrete over brick.
- The beams and exterior walls are continuous.
- The rear end of the building is an infill from the 1970s where they leveled in the concrete.
- Basically, the building went through a number of remodels.
(-) Alice Barkley
- If there is any doubt regarding the stability of the property, the presenters are available for questions.
(+) Julie Lane - IBNA
- Bulldozing this site is not the answer for this community. It is not what the community needs nor is it their vision.
(+) Greg Asay - Office of Supervisor Maxwell's Office
- This is the last stand regarding San Francisco's maritime working community.
- It is important to think about the basis of the Commission's decision.
- To rise to the level of preservation, not all the criteria need to be met.
(-) Pastor Bell - The Church of San Francisco
- The site is just blight on the community.
- The project proposed for the site, would create jobs and homes.
(-) Francisco De Costa - Environmental Justice Advocacy
- He recently went to the site and it does not meet any of the criteria to designate this a landmark.
(-) Jeff Condit
- The site in question is a perfect place to renew and renovate.
(+) Marcie Prohofsky - Resident/Local Business Owner
- Designating this site as a Landmark will encourage tourism and this would be good for the City.
(+) Kelley Lawson - IBNA
- Although the property is humble, it is solid.
- If the property were in such a bad condition, there would not have been a family living there with no kitchen.
- The damage could be fixed.
- Preservation is about historical significance.
(+) Pauline Peele
- Making this site a Landmark fits under the San Francisco Planning Code.
- It will enhance property values and improve the neighborhood in areas as well as increase financial benefits to the City.
(+) Tori Freeman
- She grew up in the area.
- There is a list of supporters that she presented to the Commission, which includes various organizations and businesses.
(+) Karen Everett
- She supports the history of the area because it is a history of working class people.
- There are people that will benefit if this property is designated a landmark.
(+) Adrian Card - Bayview Historical Society
- He lives and works in the neighborhood.
- The community includes hard working, tax paying people.
- Saving this structure will benefit the community.
(+) Ingrid Reissland - IBNA/Our lady of Lourdes
- As much interest as the developer has, the community wants to make it better by preserving this structure.
- She would like to have her daughter go to a maritime park or a museum.
(+) Staci Selinger
- She lives in the area.
- Making this site a landmark will make the area a recreation destination for San Franciscans and beyond.
- It is important for people who travel to have a museum or historical place to visit.
(+) Brian Scott
- He has lived in the area since 1996.
- There are so many people involved in this that it makes it exciting.
- He will be working with community organization to help youth build a scout schooner.
(+) Cheri Tsai
- This structure needs to be saved if that is what the community wants.
- The neighbors are working hard to improve this area.
- She requested that this property be preserved in order to have a connection with historical San Francisco.
(+) Justice Harris
- She is working hard to save the maritime history of India Basin.
- The building is irreplaceable and should be preserved at its current location and not anywhere else.
(+) Greg Freeman - Contractor/Union Member
- He is a resident of Innes Avenue.
- The community's vision is to have a maritime museum.
(+) Courtney Clarkson
- She expressed her dismay at an earlier Commission hearing regarding the many demolitions going on in San Francisco.
- She urged the Commission to landmark this property because it is what the community wants and from which the community will benefit.
(-) Gary Gee
- The building was completely gutted sometime after 1926.
- There are various renovations to the structure.
- There is no proof that the building was around as it was stated previously.
(-) Bruce Baumann
- He is opposed to the landmark designation.
- The question is whether this structure is worthy of a landmark designation?
- The project has been renovated many times.
- Did anyone from the Landmarks Board or the Planning Department come and inspect the property?
(+) Pamela Ward
- This area is being a target of environmental prejudice.
- What the community wants to do is viable to the community.
- She feels that this is money vs. the locals.
(+) Alex Lantsberg - Norcal Carpenters
- She supports the designation of landmark for this building.
- There have been no presentations on the proposed new structure.
(-) Lynn Geyer
- She read a letter from a neighbor who is opposed to making this project a landmark.
- She is appalled by the "witch hunt" going on here.
(-) Grace Shanahan
- She continued reading the letter read from the previous speaker.
(-) Michael Spear
- If this property is landmarked it would cost a lot of money and the structure would continue to deteriorate.
(-) Patrick Doherty
- He owns a business on Innes Avenue.
- He believes that the property is not historically significant.
- The supporters submitted 600 signatures but he was never approached to sign.
- He feels that this is just a personal vendetta against the project sponsor.
(+) Melissa Sherman
- Designating this a landmark will create revenue to the community and would allow residents to enjoy various amenities.
(+) Bill Glover
- The staff planner who is supposed to be impartial is really not.
(-) Demetrius James
- He protests the planning process by the India Basin residents.
- Initially the group made up a story that the proposed site was a site of a historical school.
- The truth of the matter is that the IBNA's involvement is just because they are opposed to any type of housing.
(-) Casey Caruso
- This process has gotten out of hand and has cost residents a lot of time.
- Many people are supportive of housing and new businesses.
(-) Maryanne Diaz
- The structure is just a run down shack and is rotten from the core.
- The Commission should see this with their own eyes.
- Preserving it would do a disservice to the community. It is a haven for crime.
(-) Angus McCarthy - Residential Building Association
- He attended the Landmark Board hearing.
- It is important to do this City well be demolishing it.
- He hopes the Commission will not allow this designation.
(-) Richie Hart
- There is only one house that has been in the area for a long time and it is not 900 Innes Avenue.
- The City needs jobs and the proposed project would provide that.
(-) Bart Murphy
- He is opposed to making this structure a landmark.
- The evidence before the Commission does not take this to the level of a landmark.
(-) Simon Casey
- He is opposed to making this structure a landmark.
- Many of the statements made today are not accurate.
(-) Dennis Bruney
- There is no documentation to support what the conditions are in the building.
- He opposes the landmark status.
(-) Mark Brennan
- No one seems to know what this structure was.
- This is only a shack.
- Why did the community wait to ask for landmark status when something better is being proposed?
(-) Joe O'Donaghue
- This process is just a waist of money.
- The site is just a disgrace.
- Jobs are more important than landmark status at this location.
(+) Hellen Collin
- The subject property has evidence that it has been around for hundreds of years.
(+) Eva Hum
- She wants palm trees around her neighborhood or swimming pools, etc., but it is important to her that her children have a place that is of historical significance.
ACTION: Public Hearing Closed. Item Continued to July 7, 2005. Staff is to do more historical research on property. (The Public Hearing will remain open if new information is provided).