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City and County of San Francisco
April 15, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

12:30 P.M.

Regular Meeting

Charles Edwin Chase, Interim President

Courtney Damkroger, Interim Vice President

Commissioners

Karl Hasz

Alan Martinez

John Rahaim, Director Planning

Tina Tam, Preservation Coordinator

Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary

Historic Preservation Commission Agendas are available on the Internet at http://www.sfgov.org/planning

or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6320

THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 1650 MISSION STREET, 4TH FLOOR RECEPTION and the GOVERNMENT INFORMATION CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY, 100 LARKIN STREET. THE AGENDA PACKET IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE MEETING SITE –HEARING ROOM 400,

CITY HALL

Time: 12:30 P.M.

FOR FULL COMMISSION CONSIDERATION

ROLL CALL: Interim Commission President: Charles E. Chase

Interim Commission Vice President: Courtney Damkroger

Commissioners: Karl Hasz, Alan W. Martinez

PUBLIC COMMENT


At this time, members of the public may address the Historic Preservation Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission except agenda items. Public comment will be taken on each agendized item. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes. If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.


The Brown Act forbids a commission or board from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. In response to public comment, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:

(1) briefly responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public, or

(2) requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting, or

(3) directing staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a).).

REPORTS

1. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

2. PRESIDENT'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

3. MATTERS OF THE COMMISSION

· Adoption of Commission Minutes

a. Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of February 4, 2009

b. Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of February 18, 2009

c. Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of March 4, 2009

d. Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of March 18, 2009

REGULAR CALENDAR

1. 2003.0587L (A. THREADGILL: 415/558-6602)

938-942 MARKET STREET, north side between Mason and Cyril Magnin Streets, Assessor's Block 0341, Lot 005. Request for Review and Comment on the completed rehabilitation in accordance with Ordinance No. 238-04 conditionally designating the subject property, the Garfield Building, as Landmark No. 244. The Garfield Building is a seven-story commercial structure with Renaissance/Baroque details designed by San Francisco-based firm Reid Brothers and constructed in 1908 for real estate developer Elise Abigail Drexler. The property is within the C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) Zoning District and a 110-X Height and Bulk District, designated as Category I (Significant) under Article 11 of the Planning Code, and is within the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission.

2. 2002.1334E (J. NAVARRETE: 575-9040)

555 WASHINGTON STREET/545 SANSOME STREET Project Draft Environmental Impact Report, southwest corner of Washington and Sansome Streets, Assessor's Block 0207, Lots 033, 035, and 036. Public Hearing to assist the Historic Preservation Commission to prepare a comment letter on the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The proposed project would demolish the two existing buildings of the subject lot: 545 Sansome Street is an approximately 57,000 square-foot, nine-story building constructed in 1930, which is considered an historical resource for the purposes of CEQA; 501-505 Washington Street is an adjacent one-story building of approximately 2,000 square feet (sq. ft.) of retail use, constructed in 1977. The proposed project would construct on the subject lots a new 336,585 square-feet, 38-story, 390-foot tall, residential tower containing 248 residential units and amenities, 6,780 sq. ft. ground floor retail, and four subsurface levels for 230 off-street parking spaces. The subject property is within the C-3-O (Downtown Office) Zoning District and a 200-S Height and Bulk District.

NOTE: The Draft Environmental Impact Report (SCH No. 2007122003) was published on March 25, 2009. The 555 Washington project may result in the destruction or degradation of an historical resource. The Draft EIR identifies this as a significant and unavoidable environmental effect of the proposed project, and identifies a mitigation measure to lessen this effects, though not to a level of insignificance.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Draft EIR on May 7, 2009. This hearing is intended to assist the Historic Preservation Commission such that the Commission may prepare written comments on the Draft EIR to submit to the Planning Department. Written comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2009.

Preliminary Recommendation: Direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission.

ADJOURNMENT

NOTE: For information on the next Historic Preservation Commission Calendar, please call 558-6320 on Fridays (before the scheduled hearing) after 5:00 p.m. for a recorded message.

NOTE: Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.

NOTE: Speaker Cards will be available at all hearings. For your convenience, they may be picked up in advance of the hearing from the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400.

NOTE: For information related to Historic Preservation Commission matters, please email Commission Secretary at linda.avery@sfgov.org.

NOTE: Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness, Permit to Alter, Landmark or Historic District designation, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Historic Preservation Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.

NOTE: Material submitted by the public for Historic Preservation Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing, should be received at the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday (eight (8) days) prior to the scheduled public hearing. Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the Commission at the above listed address. Comments received by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission at the public hearing. Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution. For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/ correspondence files, submit an original and 14 copies.

NOTE: If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Historic Preservation Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor during normal office hours.

CELL PHONE AND/OR SOUND-PRODUCING ELECTRONIC DEVICE USAGE AT HEARINGS

Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision: The ringing of and use of cells phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Prohibiting the use of cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).

ACCESSIBLE MEETING POLICY

Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA. The closest accessible BART Station is the Civic Center Station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets. Accessible curb side parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street. Accessible MUNI Lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno, 47 and 49 Lines and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line. Accessible MUNI Metro Lines are the J, K, L, M, and N at the Van Ness Muni Station at Van Ness Avenue and Market Street. For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142.

Requests for American sign language interpreters, sound enhancement system and/or language translators will be available upon request by contacting Lulu Hwang at (415) 558-6318, at least 48 hours prior to a hearing. A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings. Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible. A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice). In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats. If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need. Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings.

Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689; by phone (415) 554-7724; by fax at (415) 554-7854; or by e-mail at sotf@sfgov.org. Citizens interested in obtaining a copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can be request a copy from Ms. Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/

SAN FRANCISCO LOBBYIST ORDINANCE

Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code §2.100] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone (415) 581-8300, fax (415) 581-2317; web site http://www.sfgov.org/ethics/.

COMMUNICATIONS

Note: Each item on the Architectural Design Review and/or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

1) Planning Department Case Report

2) Draft Motion with Findings and/or Conditions

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor Reception.

Last updated: 11/17/2009 10:00:54 PM