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Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco
August 19, 2009



Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

12:30 P.M.

Regular Meeting

Charles Edwin Chase, Interim President

Courtney Damkroger, Interim Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

James Buckley, Andrew Wolfram

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

James Buckley

Andrew Wolfram


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).).


1. Discussion on the environmental review and approval process of the Ortega, Merced, and North Beach Branch Libraries.



2. Election of Officers

3. Discussion on the creation of an Architectural Review Committee

4. Selection of a HPC member to participate in the properties selection in Market and Octavia augmentation survey.

5. 1268 Lombard Street – Draft letter from the Commissioners to the Building and Planning Departments regarding the Departments' processing of the emergency demolition permit, and a request for further investigation of the matter including a review by the City Attorney's Office.

6. Luis Herrera's Letter to the Historic Preservation Commission.

7. Adoption of Commission Minutes

a. Draft Minutes of Regular Hearing of June 3, 2009

b. Draft Minutes of Regular Hearing of June 17, 2009

c. Draft Minutes of Special Hearing of June 17, 2009

d. Draft Minutes of Regular Hearing of July 15, 2009


All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Historic Preservation Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing

8. 2009.0315A (S. Hayward: 415/558-6372)

1 Carleton B. Goodlett Place(City Hall),east side, between McAllister and Grove Streets. Assessor's Block 0787, Lot 001. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a non-penetrating photovoltaic system to include solar panels, a weather station, and interior display kiosks. City Hall is San Francisco Landmark No. 21, and is a contributor to the Civic Center Historic District. The site is zoned P (Public), within an 80-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

9. 2009.0325A (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

598 2nd Street(aka 300 Brannan Street),northeast corner of 2nd and Brannan Streets, in Assessor's Block 3775, Lot 008. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness removal of existing storefront, windows, and metal roll-down door and installation of new metal and glass storefront system, doors, windows, and canopy within three existing ground floor openings on the Brannan Street elevation, and installation of one tenant sign. The subject property, formerly known as the Blinn Estate Building, 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 with conditions

10. 2009.0598A (S. Caltagirone: 415/558-6625)

943-945 Steiner Street, west side between Fulton and McAllister Streets. Assessor's Block 0778, Lot 003 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the rear deck and windows at secondary facades. The property is designated as is a potentially compatible building within the Alamo Square Historic District. It is zoned RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

11. 2007.0007A (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

750 2nd Street, west side between Townsend and King Streets, in Assessor's Block 3794, Lot 002A. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish an existing, one-story with mezzanine industrial building and construction of an eight-story with mezzanine residential building with ground floor retail and parking. The subject property is a non-contributing structure to the South End Historic District and is located within a MOU (Mixed-Use Office) District with a 105-F Height and Bulk limit. The project also requires Large Project Authorization from the Planning Commission, which is scheduled for public hearing on September 10, 2009.

(Continued from the July 15, 2009 hearing.)

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions


12. (K. Dischinger: 415/558-6284)

Review and Comment on the Survey Integration into the Market and Octavia Plan Area.Last winter the Planning Commission and the Landmarks Advisory Board endorsed the Page and Turnbull Area Plan level survey of the Market and Octavia Plan Area. Following this endorsement, in coordination with the community, staff has developed a recommendation for the integration of these findings into the Market and Octavia Plan as required by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Preliminary Recommendation: Provide written comments to the Planning Commission.

13. 2007.0690E (B. Bollinger: 415/575-9024)

260 Fifth Street ProjectReview and Comments on the Draft Environment Impact Report on the proposed project to demolish the existing two-story warehouse building with approximately 42,000 square feet of interior space and construct a new nine-story, 85-foot-tall residential and retail building located between Clementina and Tehama Streets on Fifth Street (Assessor's Block 3732, Lots 150 and 008). The existing 260 Fifth Street building is located in the CRHR-eligible, Light Industrial and Residential Historic District, identified in the South of Market Context Statement.

Preliminary Recommendation: The Historic Preservation Commission will provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and may direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission on the DEIR.

14. 2009.0565A (S. Caltagirone: 415/558-6625)

1000 Great Highway, Golden Gate Park,west end of park near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Assessor's Block 1700, Lot 001. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for seismic and ADA-accessibility upgrades, window replacement, and re-roofing. The building contributes to designated Landmark No. 210: The Murphy Windmill and Millwright's Cottage. It is zoned P (Public) District and is in an Open Space Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from the July 15, 2009 hearing.)

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

15. 2009.0420A (A. Starr: 415/558-6362)

2113 – 2115 Bush Street, south side of Bush Street, between Webster and Fillmore Streets, in Assessor's Block 0677 and Lot 032. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to legalize work that has already been completed including removing the asbestos siding, removing the historic drop siding, interiorize the exposed plumbing and electrical conduits, installing new drop siding to match the original and replacing the sashes on five of the front façade windows. The subject property is located within an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk Limit.

(Continued from the July 15, 2009 hearing.)

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

16. 2009.0476A (T. Frye for P. Lavalley: 415/575-6822)

178 Townsend Street, northeast corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place, in Assessor's Block 3788, Lot 012. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a vertical addition to provide up to 93 dwelling units, ground floor retail and daycare space, and up to 45 off-street parking spaces. The subject property is a contributing resource to the South End Historic District and is within an SLI (Service, Light Industrial) District with a 65-X Height and Bulk limit. The project also requires Conditional Use authorization from the Planning Commission and Variances for rear yard, parking, and dwelling unit exposure from the Zoning Administrator. These cases are scheduled to be heard at a joint Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator public hearing on September 3, 2009.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions


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 10:00:55 PM