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City and County of San Francisco




Notice of

Meeting and Calendar


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, May 19, 2010





Regular Meeting



Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

James Buckley, Andrew Wolfram


John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Tim Frye, Acting Preservation Coordinator

Sophie Hayward, Acting 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


A digital recording of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting is available on the internet at 24 hours after the hearing.






11:30 A.M.




ROLL CALL:               Committee Member:               Karl Hasz

                                    Committee Member:               Alan Martinez

                                    Committee Members:             Andrew Wolfram

                                    Committee Ex-Officio:                        Charles Chase


1.         2009.1029E                                                               (S. Caltagirone: 415/558-6625)

1268 LOMBARD STREET, north side between Polk and Larkin Streets. Assessor’s Block 0500, Lot 015 - Request for Review and Comment on a project undergoing environmental review by the Planning Department. The project proposes to construct a new 4-unit, 5-story residential building on an existing vacant lot. The property is located within the vicinity of a potential historic district.  The site is zoned RH-3 (Residential, House District, Three-Family) and is in as 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: The Commission may direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission.









ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                       Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:               Courtney Damkroger

                        Commissioners:                                   James Buckley

                                                                                      Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Alan W. Martinez

                                                                                      Diane Matsuda

                                                                                      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.         President’s Report and Announcements


2.         Rules and Regulations

a.        Disclosure – Discussion of the definition of disclosures including process and options for the Commission.


3.                 Drafting a policy statement consistent with Universal Accessibility and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards at the request of the Mayor’s Disability Council.


4.         Consideration of Adoption:

              a.        Draft minutes of Regular Hearing of April 21, 2010




5.        2008.0312A                                                               (S. Caltagirone: 415/558-6625)

280 DIVISADERO STREET,east side between Haight and Page Streets.  Assessor's Block 1238, Lot 023 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to convert the carriage house located at the rear of the subject property to a residential unit, resulting in a de facto demolition of the existing building per the demolition standards set forth in Section 1005(f) of the Planning Code and the construction of a new residential building with attached garage. The carriage house is a contributing feature of the Charles Hinkel House property, San Francisco Landmark No. 190. The site is zoned NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from February 17, 2010 regular meeting and April 28, 2010 special meeting at project site.)

Preliminary Recommendation:  Disapproval

NOTE:  On 2/17/10, the Commission held a public hearing on this project.  Following public testimony, the item was continued to allow the Commission to hold a special public meeting to allow a site visit prior to taking final action.  The special meeting site visit was held on 4/28/10 that allowed public participation.  The public hearing remains open.


6.        2010.0143A                                                                    (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

837-849 22ND STREET, southeast corner of 22nd and Minnesota Streets, in Assessor’s Block 4171, Lot 015.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter ground floor fenestration, install several new openings at ground floor, and remove and reinstall existing horizontal wood siding. The subject property is a contributing structure to the Dogpatch Historic District and is located within a NCT-2 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial Transit) District with a 45-X Height and Bulk limit.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with conditions


7.        2007.1457E                                                                         (J. Battis: 415/575-9022)

1050 VALENCIA STREET,west side between 21st and 22nd Streets at the southwest corner of Valencia Street and Hill Street; Lot 008 of Assessor’s Block 3617 – Review of the proposed project, per the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plan Interim Permit Review Procedures for Historic Resources,involving the construction of a mixed-use development with restaurant and residential uses. The proposed project would also include the demolition of an existing 1,670-square foot (sq ft), one-story commercial building constructed in 1970, originally in use as a Kentucky Fried Chicken and now occupied by Spork restaurant. The new proposed five-story, 55-foot-high, approximately 16,000-sq ft building would have 16 dwelling units over a ground-floor full-service restaurant. The existing building has one off-street parking/loading space, which would remain.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Adoption of motion regarding review of proposed project per the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plan Interim Permit Review Procedures.


8.        2008.0081E                                                                           (D. Jain: 415/575-0951)

950 MASON STREET, FAIRMONT HOTEL, CITY LANDMARK #185,bound by California, Mason, Powell and Sacramento Streets. Assessor's Block 0244, Lot 001 - Review and Comment on the Draft Environment Impact Report.  The proposed project includes: 1) renovation of portions of the landmark 1906 Fairmont Hotel building, including consolidation of up to 60 hotel rooms; 2) reconfiguration of some existing hotel uses; 3) demolition of the 1961 23-story Fairmont Hotel tower above the five-story podium; and 4) construction of a new 160–unit, 26-story residential tower and five-story midrise residential component, both above a five-story podium, on the site of the existing hotel tower and podium (proposed to be demolished). The proposed project would include below-grade parking for about 350 vehicles.  The 113,400-square-foot project site is located in an RM-4 (Residential Mixed-High Density) Use District and the Nob Hill Special Use District (SUD), and in 200-E, 300-E and 320-E Height and Bulk Districts.  The proposed project would require Conditional Use (CU) authorization for height and bulk and for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) including exceptions to the 25 percent rear yard requirement, as well as require Planning Commission approval under the “Large Tourist Hotel Conversion Ordinance,” Administrative Code 41F.3(f), among other approvals. The proposed exterior changes to the historic 1906 Fairmont Hotel building would also require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission. The Draft EIR found that implementation of the proposed project would result in a significant unavoidable environmental impact on cultural resources, related to demolition of the Tonga Room, which has been identified as a historic resource under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


This public hearing is intended to assist the Commission in its preparation of 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 on the Draft EIR on June 10, 2010.  Written comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00pm on June 16, 2010.


Preliminary Recommendation: The Historic Preservation Commission will discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to frame their written comments on the adequacy of the DEIR, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)


9.        2008.0968L                                                                           (T. Frye: 415/575-6822)

APPLETON & WOLFARD LIBRARIES – Marina Branch Library, 1890 Chestnut Street: Assessor's Block 0469, Lot 001; North Beach Branch Library, 2000 Mason Street: Assessor's Block 0074, Lot 001. Review of the adequacy of the documentation for the post-war branch libraries designed by the firm Appleton & Wolfard and a Resolution to approve, modify, or disapprove the recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to designate the Marina and North Beach Branch Libraries as San Francisco Landmarks under Article 10 of the Planning Code. The properties are zoned P (Public) and/or Open Space (OS).

Recommendation: Staff will identify branches to be recommended for designation at the hearing.






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.


NOTEIf 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: 8/17/2010 1:14:07 PM