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February 18, 2009

February 18, 2009

San Francisco

Historic Preservation Commission

Meeting Minutes

Commission Chambers – Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

12:30 P.M.

Regular Meeting

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz and Martinez



STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Mark Luellen – Acting Chief of Neighborhood Services, Sophie Middlebrook – Acting Preservation Coordinator, Elaine Forbes, Angela Heitter, Viktoriya Wise, A. Starr, and Linda Avery – Commission Secretary


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).).




Tara Sullivan, Planning Staff

  1. She provided an update on the re-write of Article 10 and 11.
  2. The re-write will be divided into four (4) sections.

1st section will cover the purposes/power of the HPC, the staff and role between the commissions and the department.

2nd section will cover designations

3rd section will cover permit reviews, Certificate of Appropriateness, Permits to Alter, and Staff level verse Commission level review and process used to determine.

4th section will cover the survey work, preservation incentives, enforcement, and appeals.

  1. The department will be holding in-depth and in detailed bi-weekly meetings to cover all topics.
  2. The department is proposing two joint commission hearings between the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission. Proposed dates are April 2nd and May 7th. The department is hoping that by the beginning of June the re-write should be completed.

ACTION: No action is required of the Commission.


None at this time.


Commissioner Martinez

Under what authority and jurisdiction does the Planning Commission have over landmark designations that were underway when the Historic Preservation Commission was created and are in limbo?

Mark Luellen, Acting Chief of Neighborhood Services

The Metro Theatre was heard by the Landmarks Board in December, but needs to be heard by the Historic Preservation Commission. The proposed hearing for the Metro Theatre is March 18th.

Sophie Middlebrook, Acting Preservation Coordinator

She responded to Commissioner Hasz's question regarding a property located within Jackson Square for work performed without permits: 580 Pacific was issued an enforcement violation. The project sponsor has now filed a Certificate of Appropriateness application.

Commissioner Damkroger

There have been concerns that work is being performed on the Light Standards on Van Ness which is on the Landmarks Board Work Program.



4. (E. FORBES: 558-6417)

Budget FY2009-2010 – Informational Presentation – to discuss the Department's proposed FY2009-2010 work program and budget.


John Rahaim, Director of Planning

ACTION: No action required by the Commission – Informational Presentation only



All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, and are considered to be routine by the 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.

5. 2009.0006A (A. STARR: 558-6362)

2113-2115 BUSH STREET, south side between Fillmore and Webster Streets. Assessor's Block 0677, Lot 032 – Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to extend the existing basement approximately 17.5' into the rear yard to create more habitable space, and to construct new stairs, a small excavated patio and a retaining wall to provide access from the basement to the rear yard. The Italianate-style, two-story over basement, two-family residence is a part of the Bush Street – cottage Row Historic District. It is located within an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval


ACTION: Commissioner Martinez (seconded by Hasz) motion to approve the request

for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

AYES: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz, and Martinez (+4 -0)

MOTION#: 0003

6. 2009.0052A (A. HEITTER: 558-6602)

220 MONTGOMERY STREET, The Mills Building, located at the northeast corner of Montgomery and Bush Streets, Assessor's Block 0268, Lot 008. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to allow installation of business signage (dba The UPS Store) above the business entrance. The subject property is Landmark No. 76 and is zoned Downtown General Commercial (C-3-0) and is in a 300-S/350-S Height and Bulk District. The building is rated as Category 1 (Significant) under the Downtown Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval


ACTION: Commissioner Martinez (seconded by Hasz) motion to approve the request

for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

AYES: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz, and Martinez (+4 -0)

MOTION #: 0004

7. 2009.0106A (A. HEITTER: 558-6602)

580 WASHINGTON STREET (A.K.A. 700 MONTGOMERY STREET), the Columbia Savings Bank, located on the north side of Washington Street between Montgomery Street and Hotaling Place, Assessor's Block 0196, Lot 029. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to allow revisions to the storefront renovations previously approved (Case No. 2002.0880A) to incorporate seven historic cast iron pilasters uncovered during construction. The subject property is Landmark No. 212 and is Contributory to the Jackson Square Historic District. The property is zoned C-2 (Community Business) District and is in a 65-A Height and Bulk District. The site is also within the Washington-Broadway and Jackson Square Special Use Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval


ACTION: Commissioner Martinez (seconded by Hasz) motion to approve the request

for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

AYES: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz, and Martinez (+4 -0)

MOTION #: 0005


8. 2009.0097A (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: 558-6257)

2151 VAN NESS AVENUE, aka St. Brigid's Church, is located in Assessor's Block 0575, Lot 015. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild an ADA-accessible ramp on the southern façade of the church and to install an ADA lift in the lightwell on the Broadway façade, which will include the modification of the stairs. The subject property is Landmark No. 251 and is located within an RC-4s (Residential-Commercial, High Density) District with a 80-X Height and Bulk limit.


Paul Correa

Beatrice St. John

Roger ?

ACTION: Commissioner Martinez (seconded by Hasz) to approve the request for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

AYES: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz, and Martinez (+4 -0)

Tape #: 1A


9. 2006.1703E (V. WISE: 575-9049)

PIERS 15 and 17 on The Embarcadero/The Exploratorium Relocation Project Draft Environmental Impact Report Review and Comment – The Exploratorium proposes to relocate from the Palace of Fine Arts, at 3601 Lyon Street, to Piers 15/17, along The Embarcadero, on the waterfront (Assessor's Block 9900, Lots 15, 15H, and 17). Piers 15 and 17 are contributing resources to the San Francisco Embarcadero National Register Historic District.

The Historic Preservation Commission will discuss the DEIR and may direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission on the DEIR.


Mark Paez

Stewart Morten

ACTION: Commissioner Damkroger (seconded by Martinez) motion to direct staff to draft a letter to the ERO stating their comments.

AYES: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz, and Martinez (+4 -0)

Tape #: 1A and B

Adjournment: 2:03 P.M.

These minutes were proposed for adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, May 20, 2009.


ACTION: Approved as corrected on page 2 as identified with the double underline

AYES: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez, Madsuda

Last updated: 11/17/2009 10:00:55 PM