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Meeting Minutes


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, March 3, 2010



12:30 P.M. 




Regular Meeting




COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:         Wolfram, Martinez, Matsuda, Damkroger, Hasz, Chase, Buckley




STAFF IN ATTENDANCETina Tam – Preservation Coordinator, Tim Frye, Angela Threadgill, Pilar LaValley, Sophie Hayward, Linda Avery – Commission Secretary








Kathy Howard – She requested HPC to review the Soccer Field Project and to request a full Environment Impact Report (EIR) if appropriate. She provided the HPC two letters one by SF Architectural Heritage and the other by Historic American Landscape Survey, both supported a full EIR of the project.  She reviewed briefly the project’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) history.

Peter Warfield – Library Users Association, re: - He continued his opinion that the HPC minutes are still deficient.




1.                                                                                                       (T. Tam: 415/558.6325)

            Disclosure:  A discussion to establish the Commission’s definition of disclosure that could include disclosure of contacts individual commissioners may have or have had with parties outside of the public hearing regarding matters under the jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission.

            (Continued from the Regular Meeting of February 17, 2010)



Catherine Howard – Friends of Music Concourse – she asked the HPC to think seriously about getting a balanced and fair input, and to give equal time to different parties of a project.

Peter Warfield – Library Users Association – he thought accepting time with project sponsors and not inviting those opposing the project for equal time and opportunity has potential problems.


ACTION:         The HPC requested Deputy City Attorney to provide language on some options and procedures for disclosure.  The item was continued to April 7, 2010.




2.         President’s Report and Announcements


Preservation Coordinator Tam:

280 Divisadero Street site visit on March 11 was unsuccessful for a number of reasons including date, time, and lack of quorum.  Another site visit has been set on March 25.  The case will continue in April.

2727 Pierce Street, the CaseboltHouse, City Landmark 51 – the Board of Appeals heard an appeal of a denial of a building permit to repair and replace a historic un-reinforced brick wall without the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A).  The Board agreed with the Planning Department and directed the project sponsor to file a C of A application.

2750 Vallejo Street – the Board of Appeals voted 3-2 to uphold the Planning Department’s approval of the building permit for this project.

The Certified Local Government (CLG) Report will be included in the 3/17/10 HPC packet.


3.         Consideration of Adoption:

            a.      Draft minutes of Regular Hearing of January 20, 2010

            b.      Draft minutes of Joint CPC/HPC Hearing of January 28, 2010

            c.      Draft minutes of Regular Hearing of February 3, 2010

            (All continued from the Regular Meeting of February 17, 2010)



Peter Warfield – Public Library Association – copies of the minutes are not included in the public packet at the meeting today and he suggested postponing the adoption of the minutes until minutes were available to the public.


ACTION:         Motion to adopt the minutes of 1/20, 1/28 and 2/3/10 as corrected from notes of the Commissioners.

AYES:             Hasz, Matsuda, Wolfram

NAY:                Buckley, Martinez, Damkroger, Chase

NOTE:            Motion failed 

ACTION:         All were continued to March 17, 2010

AYES:             Buckley, Hasz, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Damkroger, Chase


4.         Disclosures

   Commissioner Martinez met with the project sponsor of the Miller-Joost House and visited the site.


5.         Commission Comments/Questions

Commissioner Damkroger – 1) She expressed concern about the Soccer Field proposal and would like the HPC to have a discussion with the Recreation and Park Department; 2) She asked whether the Planning Department plans to respond to the National Alliance Preservation Commission’s survey of commissions across the country.  She feels that would be important because the surveys are able to pull together a lot of information about local governments around the country.  She is willing to help complete the survey.

Commissioner Martinez – 1) He requested explanation of why the Masonic Auditorium alteration was not brought to the HPC since it’s either a potential landmark or a potential historic district; 2) He would like the Planning Department to look into the Trust that controls the Veteran’s Memorial Building – the bottom of the fence between the Opera House and the Veteran’s Building is rusted and in serious disrepair; 3) He shared what he learned from the Ethics Training with the HPC that staff and president’s report and announcements in the agenda are required to list subject matters that are going to be discussed in the hearing; and 4) He would like the HPC to discuss the fairness of public response  time limits on projects.

Commissioner Buckley – He would like to agendize a discussion on his continued concern about how Categorical Exemptions get judged. This discussion is apart from but linked to CEQA Training Part 2 scheduled for April 21.




6.         2010.0093A                                                                           (T. Frye: 415/575-6822)

280-284 Union Street, north side of Union Street near the intersection of Union and Montgomery Streets, in Assessor’s Block 0106; Lots 065 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the existing windows and doors at the 1st and 2nd floors with new wood windows and doors.  The subject property is a non-contributing structure to the Telegraph Hill Historic District.  It is within a RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Recommendation:  Approval.



ACTION:         Approved

AYES:             Buckley, Hasz, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Damkroger, Chase

MOTION #:     M0050


Item 7 was pulled off the Consent Calendar and heard after item 8 as a Regular Calendar item.

7.         2010.0070A                                                                 (A. Threadgill: 415/558-6602)

150 Broadway Street, northeast corner of Broadway and Battery Streets, in Assessor's Block 0141, Lot 011 - Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to install four (4) wireless telecommunication antennas mounted to the existing rooftop penthouse and for the installation of four (4) wireless telecommunication equipment cabinets located adjacent to the existing rooftop penthouse within a new 10 ft. x 20 ft. screen enclosure.  The property is non-contributory to the Northeast Waterfront Historic District.  It is within a C-2 (Community Business) Zoning District and a 65-X Height and Bulk District. The site is also within the Waterfront Special Use District No. 3.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval


SPEAKER:     Peter Warfield – He stated that many people have serious concerns regarding potential health threats from wireless.  He also asked to see pictures of how devices are attached to the building because they might have definite historical preservation impacts.

PRESENTER:    Joe Camicia – Representative for T-Mobile, re:  He presented the proposal and addressed the commissions limits regarding the health concern raised.

ACTION:         Approved

AYES:             Buckley, Hasz, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Damkroger, Chase

MOTION #:     M0052


8.         2010.0023A                                                                 (P. LaValley:  415/575-9084)

375 Lexington Street, east side of street between 20th and 21st Streets, in Assessor’s Block 3609, Lot 063.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for window glazing and garage door replacement at front façade, construction of a horizontal rear extension and new rear deck and stair, and construction of a new wall along the south property line.  The subject property is a potentially contributing resource to the Liberty-Hill Historic District and is within an RTO-Mission (Residential, Transit-Oriented - Mission) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk limit.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval



ACTION:         Approved

AYES:             Buckley, Hasz, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Damkroger, Chase

MOTION #:     M0051




9.         2010.0044A                                                                  (S. Hayward:  415/558-6372)

3224 Market Street, The Miller-Joost House, southwest corner of Market Street at 19th Street in Assessor’s Block 2704, Lot 040 – Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rehabilitate the single-family home for a project that includes a horizontal addition to the side, the addition of sky lights, a roof deck, and fenestration changes at the rear.   The Miller-Joost House is San Francisco Landmark No. 79. The site is zoned RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions


PRESENTERS:  Michael Bauer – Project Sponsor, re: He presented a detailed project overview.

                        Elisa Skaggs – Page and Turnbull, re: She gave a PowerPoint presentation of the project

SPEAKERS:   There were no public speakers

ACTION:         Approved with modifications to reduce the number of skylights to two; to relocate the doors and windows to provide more space; to incorporate basic documents of the wash house to the landmark designation report; to not use salvage siding on the new east elevation.

AYES:             Buckley, Hasz, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Damkroger, Chase

MOTION #:     M0053


                                                                                                         (T. Tam:  415/558-6325)

10.       Informational Presentation by the San Francisco Public Library regarding the renovation projects at Merced Branch (155 Winston Drive), Parkside Branch (1200 Taraval Street), and Park Branch (1833 Page Street) Libraries.


PRESENTERS:  Jill Bourne – Deputy City Librarian on brief update of the libraries.

SPEAKERS:   Peter Warfield – Library Users Association – 1) he was disappointed about the memo the Library provided today; 2) He didn’t see the improvements the Library made to the libraries on drawings from the Department of Public Works; 3) He said the agreements made with the Library were not documented; 4) The grand volume of one library was wrecked; and 5) He questioned the use of money by the Library on un-described changes and contracted work of architects.

                       Jack Gold – SF Architectural Heritage – he said the Page and Turnbull reports should point out the windows, especially on the facade at Park Branch Library have been changed.  He expressed that there is a need, not in this scope of work, but for the future, that these windows be changed out to more appropriate windows.


ACTION:         No action required for this Item – Information only.





The minutes was proposed for adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, , 2010


ACTION:  Approved





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