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June 18, 2003

FINAL ACTION MINUTES
OF THE
SAN FRANCISCO
LANDMARKS PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

CITY HALL
1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, ROOM 400

JUNE 18, 2003

12:32 P.M. ROLL CALL

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

MEMBERS PRESENT: FINWALL, KELLEY and SHATARA

MEMBER(S) ABSENT: KOTAS

          1. 2003.0091CA (T. TAM: 415/558-6325)

      333 DOLORES STREET, Notre Dame Plaza, is on the east side between 16th and 17th Streets. Assessor's Block 3567, Lot 57, a portion of City Landmark 137. The entire 2.6 acre site formerly identified as Assessor's block 3567, Lot 31 was designated a landmark site in 1981. In 1995, the sisters of the Notre Dame subdivided the property into two irregular lots to allow for the sale of the former Notre Dame School Building to Mercy Charities Housing and the Saint Joseph's Hall Building and playground to the Children's Day School. The subdivision of the property did not affect the landmark status of the site. The Children's Day School is located in the Saint Joseph's Hall Building, a three-story reinforced concrete building with stucco exterior and associated playground/open space. The structure is situated behind the Notre Dame Plaza Senior Housing Complex which fronts on Dolores Street. The property is located in a RM-1 (Mixed, Residential, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Request for the Architectural Review Committee to review and comment on a proposal to construct three temporary classroom buildings for the Children Day School.

    ARC comments and recommendations:

    Speaker(s): Patrick McGrew

      Tracy Kirkham

  • It was suggested that the school use an Airstream trailers.

  • Some conditions should be put on the project in terms of timeline.

  • Creating more planting around the portable classrooms was suggested.

Tape No(s).: 1a

ADJOURNMENT

1:10 P.M. ROLL CALL

FOR FULL BOARD CONSIDERATION

MEMBERS PRESENT: FINWALL, HO-BELLI, KELLEY, SHATARA and SKRONDAL

MEMBER(S) ABSENT: CHERNY, DEARMAN, KOTAS and SAMUELS

PUBLIC COMMENT

David Armillie re: A house at 151 Beaver Street and its historic significance

REPORTS

1. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

      None.

      3. PRESIDENT'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

      None.

    4. MATTERS OF THE BOARD

      Board Member

      Finwall:

        • Received a postcard regarding the I-Hotel, with information on the start of the construction date and ceremony

        • Received information on the Redevelopment Agency and Planning Department's design for new downtown neighborhood around the Transbay Terminal. He would like to have an informational presentation given to the Landmarks Board on what's going on with the project.

Tape No(s).: 1a

REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS

  • Discussion

            4. Discussion and consideration of the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board (Landmarks Board) authorizing an advisory committee to advise the Landmarks Board with respect to revisions of the structure and operation of the Landmarks Board as governed by Article 10 of the Planning Code. (Kelley)

                Speaker(s): None

            Comments:

          • President Kelley informed the Landmarks Board and members of the public, he reason for initiating a committee. It amounts to believing that maybe the Landmarks Board should give the City something like a post-occupancy review, as they approach what maybe the end of their terms. It would be valuable to make some recommendations as to how the functioning of preservation in the City could possibly be improved. The Landmarks Board should try to make a recommendation that would strengthen preservation in the City.

              • Commented that this task should not be done entirely at this Board. It would be beneficial to have the value of advice from people who have expertise in the field. The Board could then take the advice and discuss and deal with it from that point.

              • There was a question of a difference between two possible types of bodies - 1. a policy body (would be created by the Landmarks Board, subject to all of the Sunshine Ordinance and Brown Act requirements; which would require some staff time. 2. a passive body which can be appointed by the President and would have more freedom and would essentially not be subject to the requirements of a policy body. But, could act like it was complying with the Sunshine Ordinances, etc.

              • The majority of the Landmarks Board members endorsed the idea of creating an advisory committee.

                      • For the record President Kelley asked Staff to comment on the staffing situation.

  • Certificate(s) of Appropriateness

            5. 2003.0610A (T. TAM: 415/558-6325)

                2301 SAN JOSE AVENUE, the San Francisco and San Mateo Railroad Co. Office Building (a.k.a Geneva Car Barn), is on the southeast corner of San Jose and Geneva Avenues. Assessor's Block 6272, Lot 36. The subject property is a brick clad, two-story over basement office building (Office Building) that was constructed ca. 1901 and added at the rear with a one-story substation (Powerhouse) in 1904. The Geneva Car Barn, comprising of both the Office Building and the Powerhouse, is on the National Register of Historic Places, rated 3 out of a possible 5 for overall architectural significance in the 1976 Citywide building survey, and has been designated by the City as Landmark No. 180 pursuant to Article 10 of the Planning Code. It is zoned P (Public) and in an 40-X/105-E Height and Bulk District. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the existing metal roof and conduct permanent roof structure repair and temporary seismic stabilization, as well as install temporary protection for all windows and doors and a new security fence.

                Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

        Speaker(s): Dan Weaver

            Charles Chase

            John Funghi (sp.)

            Charlie Duncan

        Action: It was moved by Member Skrondal (seconded by Finwall) to recommend approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness based on Staff Findings. The vote was unanimous.

        Ayes: Finwall, Ho-Belli, Kelley, Shatara and Skrondal

    Noes: None

    Absent: Cherny, Dearman, Kotas and Samuels

    Tape No(s).: 1a & b

            6. 2003.0537A (M. SNYDER: 415/575-6891)

        34 HILL STREET, north side between Guerrero Street and Valencia Street. Assessor's Block 3617, Lot 57. A contributory structure to the Liberty Hill Historic District, this Italianate style house was also included in Here Today and the Planning Department's 1976 architectural survey. The house was constructed as a single-family house and is currently used as a single-family house. The house is within an RH-3 (House, Three-family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter a portion of the rear of the house to change an enclosed sitting room to an open porch.

                Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

        Speaker(s): Clint Mitchell

        Action: It was moved by Member Finwall (seconded by Skrondal) to recommend approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness based on Staff Findings. The vote was unanimous.

        Ayes: Finwall, Ho-Belli, Kelley, Shatara and Skrondal

    Noes: None

    Absent: Cherny, Dearman, Kotas and Samuels

    Tape No(s).: 1b

  • Review and Comment

            7. (M. SNYDER: 415/575-6891)

                48 COLIN P. KELLY, a Contributory Structure to the South End Historic District. Review and comment on the proposed façade improvements to the ground floor, as part of the redevelopment of the property. The property is located within the Rincon Point - South Beach Redevelopment Area. The project includes removing a portion of the brick wall at the ground level to provide space for an ADA compliant entry and storefront, and enclosing the existing unoriginal entry recess with a new glass storefront. The purpose of this hearing is to present the project to the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board for their review and comments, as required by the Owner Participation Agreement with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

        Speaker(s): Larry Mock

        Board

        Comments:

          • The Landmarks Board believed that removing the brick portion of the left side of the façade to provide a new entry recess and storefront and enclosing the existing recess on the right side of the building could be deemed appropriate and consistent with Article 10 of the Planning Code, as well as the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.

          • Commented that they understood the programmatic and circulation constrains of the interior that were forcing the reestablishment of the entry to the left side of the building. However, the Landmarks Board felt that instead of simply using plate glass for the storefronts, the project sponsor should consider a heavier timber sash window system to provide more visual eight. Such a design modification would mitigate the removal of the brick surface, which provides the building with a sense of solid, heavy mass, typical of warehouse structures in the South End Historic District.

          • The Landmarks Board also suggested moving the reception desk further away from the window to provide a stronger sense of transparency.

    Tape No(s).: 1b

    ADJOURNMENT: 2:55 P.M.

    PUBLIC COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE

    ROLL CALL: Chair: Jeremy Kotas

    Ex-Officio: Tim Kelley

        Committee Members: Ina Dearman, Paul Finwall, Elizabeth Skrondal

    REPORT

    CHAIR'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    N/A

    PUBLIC COMMENT

      N/A

    ADJOURNMENT

    Adopted: August 20, 2003

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