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Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco
June 3, 2009



Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

12:30 P.M.

Regular Meeting

Charles Edwin Chase, Interim President

Courtney Damkroger, Interim Vice President


Karl Hasz

Alan Martinez

Diane Matsuda

John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Tina Tam, Preservation Coordinator

Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary

Historic Preservation Commission Agendas are available on the Internet at

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



Time: 12:30 P.M.


ROLL CALL: Interim Commission President: Charles E. Chase

Interim Commission Vice President: Courtney Damkroger

Commissioners: Karl Hasz

Alan W. Martinez

Diane Matsuda


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).).





· 1268 Lombard - Review of Draft Letter

· Adoption of the Commission Minutes

a. Draft Minutes of San Francisco Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission Joint Hearing of April 2, 2009


4. 2009.0361A (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

355 Bryant Streetis located in Assessor's Block 3774, Lot 075-018. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to clean and repaint exterior elevations, to replace four contemporary windows with compatible new windows, to replace two original wood windows in kind, and to repair and rehabilitate retained wood windows. The subject property, formerly known as the General Electric Company Warehouse, is a contributing structure to the South End Historic District and is located within a MOU (Mixed Use Office) District with a 65-X Height and Bulk limit.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

5. 2009.0357A (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

930-932 MINNESOTA STREETis located in Assessor's Block 4106, Lot 006. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace transoms and fixed windows above front entrances, to replace basement exterior door, and to remove and replace masonry planter in front yard setback. The subject property is a contributing structure to the Dogpatch Historic District and is located within a RH-3 (Residential House – Three Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk limit.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

6. 2009.0399AU (M. Smith: 415/558-6322)

333 Dolores Street, east side between 16th and 17th Streets, in Assessor's Block 3567, Lot 057. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace in-kind all exterior windows within Saint Joseph's Hall with new wood windows that have divided lites that match the original windows. The subject property is designated as Landmark No. 137: The Notre Dame School. It is within a RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval


7. 2009.0399AU (M. Smith: 415/558-6322)

333 Dolores Street, east side between 16th and 17th Streets, in Assessor's Block 3567, Lot 057. Informational Presentation to update the Commission on the continuing use of three (3) temporary portable classrooms on the site, as required by Planning Commission motion No. 16683, which authorized their installation. The subject property is designated as Landmark No. 137: The Notre Dame School. It is within a RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

8. Elegant Pit Stops - The Auto/Garage Row Historic District (M. Kessler, UCD)

of San Francisco

9. Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan Historic (M. Weintraub: 415/575-6812)

Resource Survey - The survey includes basic documentation of more than 500 individual properties located within the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan Area (bounded by California Street to the north, O'Farrell and Ellis Streets to the south, Gough Street to the east, and Steiner Street to the west), research and identification of properties associated with the historic development of the cultural community of Japantown, and evaluation of selected properties according to established criteria for determining historic significance, in order to inform the community heritage preservation strategies of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan. Survey materials include: Historic Context Statement; Physical Heritage Report; Traditional Cultural Property Evaluation Report; 504 Primary Records (DPR 523A forms); 16 DPR Building, Structure, & Object Records (DPR 523B forms); District Record (DPR 523D form); and Survey Findings Report. The hearing includes informational presentations by staff and consultant. No action is required of the Historic Preservation Commission.


10. 2009.0383U (T. Sullivan: 415/558-6257)

Amendments to the Building Code regarding Vacant and Abandoned Buildings [Board File No. 09-0554]. Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Chiu amending the Building Code by adding Section 103A.4 to require the owner of a vacant or abandoned building to register the building with the Department of Building Inspection, require the owner to maintain the grounds and the exterior and the interior of the building in good condition, and provide that a property in violation of the requirements is a public nuisance; and by amending Section 110, Table 1A-J to establishment an annual fee.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt Resolution

11. 2008.1327U (A. Starr: 415/558-6362)

1818 CALIFORNIA STREET, the Lilienthal-Orville Pratt House, City Landmark # 55, north side of California Street between Gough and Franklin Streets, Assessor's Block 0641, Lot 004 Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending to the Board of Supervisors approval of a Mills Act historical property contract for 1818 California Street, Lilienthal-Orville Pratt House, City Landmark #55. The Mills Act authorizes local governments to enter into contracts with owners of private historical property who, through the historical property contract, assure the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and maintenance of a qualified historical property. In return, the property owner enjoys a reduction in property taxes for a given period. The subject property is within a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt Resolution

12. Draft Preservation Element of the San (S. Middlebrook: 415/558-6372)

Francisco General Plan- Request for Review and Comment. The Planning Department seeks comments on the current draft in order to produce a final draft Preservation Element to bring before the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission for endorsement at a future date.

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


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 Historic Preservation Commission Secretary,

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.


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).

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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