HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Meeting and Calendar
Hearing Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Charles Edwin Chase, President
Courtney Damkroger, 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 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,
Time: 12:30 P.M.
ROLL CALL: Commission President: Charles E. Chase
Commission Vice President: Courtney Damkroger
Commissioners: Karl Hasz; Alan W. Martinez;
Diane Matsuda; James Buckley;
A. 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).).
B. CONSENT CALENDAR
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
1. 2009.0961A (A. Threadgill: 415/558-6602)
620 Jones Street, the "Gaylord Hotel," east side between Geary and Post Streets, in Assessor's Block 0305, Lot 036. Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to construct an accessible ramp on the front facade; install a new metal gate on the side facade; re-grade existing walkway; replace aluminum windows with new doors; and replace trellis. The property is Landmark No. 159. It is within an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial, High Density) Zoning District, in an 80-130-T Height and Bulk District, and is also within the North of Market Residential Special Use District, Subarea 1.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
C. CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE
The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date. The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.
2. 2009.0966A (T. Frye 415/575-6822)
51-99 Grove Street - The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, historically known as the Exposition Auditorium, Assessor’s Block 0812; Lots 001. Bound by Hayes, Grove, Larkin, and Polk Streets. The subject building is a contributing structure to the Civic Center Historic District. It is located within a P (Public) District with an 80-X Height and Bulk limit. The proposal is a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the existing light box sign on the Hayes Street elevation and to install a sign indicating the theater name and an LED marquee to promote theater events.
Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
(Proposed continuance to January 20, 2010)
D. REGULAR CALENDAR
3. 2007.1255E (T. Johnston: 415/575-9035)
Crystal Springs San Andreas Transmission Upgrade Project – Commission Review and Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Report. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is proposing the Crystal Springs San Andreas Transmission Upgrade Project. The project seeks to improve seismic and delivery reliability of the CS/SA Transmission System, and to meet the anticipated requirements of the California Division of Dam Safety (DSOD) for dam facilities in an emergency drawdown scenario. The Project would be located on City and County of San Francisco (CCSF)–owned lands in unincorporated portions of San Mateo County near the Town of Hillsborough and the cities of San Bruno, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Millbrae. The total proposed project area (including all construction, staging, and access areas) covers approximately 135 acres and is composed of five distinct project components that are oriented southeast to northwest, running approximately 7.6 miles across the Peninsula Watershed. The primary components of the proposed project would include:
· Seismic and functional upgrades to the Upper Crystal Springs Dam Culverts, including seismic strengthening of the Lower Culvert, which crosses the San Andreas Fault rupture zone, and providing isolation capabilities to both culverts.
· Seismic improvements to the Crystal Springs Outlet Structures 1 and 2, including removal of the seismically vulnerable aboveground portions of their towers, and construction of a small onshore control shed for remote valve operation.
· Major seismic upgrade of the Crystal Springs Pump Station (CS Pump Station), including construction of a new, seismically strengthened Pump Station, and replacement of all related facilities, pipelines, and pipeline connections. The upgrade would also include increasing the pump station booster capability to 120 million gallons per day to meet delivery reliability goals, and construction of a new dissipation structure for releases into San Mateo Creek to meet anticipated DSOD requirements.
· Seismic upgrades to the existing CS/SA Pipeline that conveys water from CS Pump Station to San Andreas Reservoir (approximately 4.7 miles), including replacement of two segments of the pipeline, general pipeline improvements, and new access roads to ensure access to the pipeline for emergency and maintenance repairs.
· Seismic upgrade to the San Andreas Outlet Structures 2 and 3, including improvements at both the outlet towers and tunnel portals located at the Harry Tracey Water Treatment Plant.
This public hearing is intended to assist the Historic Preservation Commission in its preparation of written comments on the Draft EIR. Comments made by members of the public at this hearing will not be considered comments on the Draft EIR and may not be responded to in the Final EIR. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments from the public on the Draft EIR on December 10, 2009. Written comments will be accepted at the Planning Department’s offices until the close of business on Monday, December 21, 2009.
Preliminary Recommendation: The Commission may direct staff to prepare written comments of the Commission
4. 2007.0946E (J. Navarrete: 415/575-9040)
Candlestick Point - Hunters Point Shipyard Phase II Development Plan (Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report - The Project site is located on approximately 702 acres in the southeastern portion of San Francisco and includes both Candlestick Point and HPS Phase II. Commission Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The Project proposed includes a mixed-use community with a wide range of residential, retail, office, research and development, civic and community uses, and parks and recreational open space. A major component would be a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers National Football League team. Additionally, new transportation and utility infrastructure would serve the Project including a bridge across Yosemite Slough. The Project proposes development of 10,500 residential units; 885,000 gross square feet (gsf) of retail; 150,000 gsf of office; 2.5 million gsf of Research & Development uses; a 220-room, 150,000-gsf hotel; 255,000 gsf of artist studio space and arts center; 100,000 gsf of community services; approximately 240 acres of new parks, sports fields, and waterfront recreation areas, as well as approximately 97 acres of new and improved State parkland; a 69,000-seat 49ers stadium; and a 10,000-seat performance arena. In addition, a 300-slip marina would be provided. Shoreline improvements would also be implemented to stabilize the shoreline. The Project would include structured and on-street parking and various infrastructure improvements to support the development.
NOTE: The Draft Environmental Impact Report was published on November 12, 2009. The project may result in the destruction or degradation of historical resources. The Draft EIR identifies this as a significant and unavoidable environmental effect of the proposed project, and identifies mitigation measures to lessen this effect, though not to a level of insignificance.
This public hearing is intended to assist the Historic Preservation Commission in its preparation of written comments on the Draft EIR. Comments made by members of the public at this hearing will not be considered comments on the Draft EIR and may not be responded to in the Final EIR. The Redevelopment Agency Commission and the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Draft EIR on December 15 and December 17, 2009, respectively. Written comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2009.
Preliminary Recommendation: The Commission may direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission.
5. 2009.0476U (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)
178 Townsend Street - northeast corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place, in Assessor’s Block 3788, Lot 012. Request for Review and Consideration of a Draft Resolution recommending approval of a Mills Act historical property contract for 166-178 Townsend Street, which is a contributing resource to the South End Historic District designated pursuant to Article 10 of the Planning Code. 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 SLI (Service/Light Industrial) District and a 65-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval of Resolution Recommending Approval of the Mills Act Contract
6. 2009.0476F (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)
178 Townsend Street - northeast corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place, in Assessor’s Block 3788, Lot 012. Request for Review and Comment on the documentation and draft Memorandum of Agreement prepared by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Section 106 review of the proposed adaptive-reuse of the existing building and construction of a vertical addition to provide up to 94 dwelling units, ground floor retail and daycare space, and up to 45 off-street parking spaces. Consistent with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, HUD has requested comments on the effects the proposed undertaking could have upon historic properties. 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.
Preliminary Recommendation: Direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission.
7. 2009.0948A (A. Threadgill: 415/558-6602)
760 Market Street, The "Phelan Building," corner of O'Farrell and Market Streets, in Assessor’s Block 0328, Lot 001. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install business signage (dba Walgreens). The property is Landmark No. 156 and is rated as Category I (Significant) within the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. It is within the C-3-R (Downtown Retail) Zoning District, in an 80-130-F Height and Bulk District, and is also within the Market Street Special Sign District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
(Continued from the November 4, 2009 hearing.)
8. 2006.0747A (S. Caltagirone: 415/558-6625)
890 Grove Street - northeast corner of Grove and Fillmore Streets. Assessor’s Block 0797, Lot 019. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a vertical addition at the roof of the existing two-story-over-basement building and to install a garage door opening at the basement level. The property is a contributing within the Alamo Square Historic District. It is zoned RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and is in an 50-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
D. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
E. MATTERS OF THE COMMISSION
9. (S. Caltagirone/J. Battis: 415/558-6625)
2750 Vallejo Street - Informational Presentation and Discussion regarding the appeal of a Categorical Exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act. This Categorical Exemption determination is currently under appeal to the Board of Supervisors and is scheduled for hearing before the Board of Supervisors on December 15, 2009. Should the hearing before the Board of Supervisors be continued, the Historic Preservation Commission may direct staff to draft a letter from the Commission to the Board of Supervisors regarding the appeal of the Categorical Exemption determination; if the appeal has been taken and a decision made by the Board, then this item will be for informational purposes only and no action will be taken by the Commission.
10. Consideration of Adoption:
a. Draft minutes of ARC Hearing of November 4, 2009
b. Draft minutes of Regular Hearing of November 18, 2009
c. Draft minutes of Regular Hearing of December 2, 2009
11. The Historic Preservation Commission and Staff will be gathering at Absinthe Restaurant, located at 398 Hayes Street, immediately after the hearing on 12/16/09 for their Holiday Party.
12. President’s Report and Announcements
13. Commission Comments/Questions
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, 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.
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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.