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City and County of San Francisco

December 15, 2010





Meeting Minutes


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


12:30 P.M. 




Regular Meeting




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




STAFF IN ATTENDANCEKelley Amdur – Director of Neighborhood Planning,  Thomas DiSanto – Chief Administrative Officer, Tina Tam, Jeanie Poling, Ben Fu, Moses Corrette, Pilar LaValley, AnMarie Rodgers, Mary Brown, Tim Frye – Acting Preservation Coordinator, Linda Avery Commission Secretary







SPEAKERS:  Katherine Howard gave HPC an update on Public Utility Commission’s Water Treatment Factory would be a 40,000 sq. ft, 30 ft. high building in Golden Gate Park; regarding the general safety in Golden Gate Park, the introduction of the idea of extensive lighting as a way to combat crime in the Park would impact wildlife and dark sky issues; Vel Zinkler, resident of the Moore House built in 1890’s – a hold over from the last thriving communal housing, asked HPC the possibility to value the House as a potential historic landmark.




Tim Frye, Acting Preservation Coordinator

1.         CEQA Workshop – The Preservation and Environmental Planners attended the California Preservation Foundation CEQA workshop and enjoyed the discussion and presentation by the panel.


NOTE:  Mr. Frye announced and welcomed Rick Sucre who has joined the Planning Department as a Preservation Technical Specialist.


2.         Department’s Budget Update                               (T. DiSanto:  (415) 575-9113)

Fiscal Year 2010-11 - Budget Status Update - and Fiscal Year 2011-12 Budget Priority Considerations.


Thomas DiSanto, Chief Administrative Officer, gave a brief update on the status of the current FY 2010 -2011 budget and made a Power Point presentation regarding priority considerations for FY 2011-2012 Budget.  He proposed to return to the HPC on January 19, 2011 with a draft work program and budget for the HPC, and in February 2, the final work program and budget.




3.         President’s Report and Announcements – No Formal Report


4.         Minor Permits to Alter: In accordance with HPC Motion No. 0083 the following Minor Permits to Alter have been delegated to the Planning Department and are pending approval.  The HPC may request to review one or all of these items at a future hearing.


            a.         161 Jessie Street (aka 74 New Montgomery Street)


ACTION:         There were no expressed comments or concerns by the public or commissioners.


5.         Consideration of Adoption:

            a.         Draft minutes of Hearing of November 17, 2010

            b.         Draft minutes of Hearing of December 1, 2010



ACTION:         Approved with corrections on December 1, 2010 to change Commission Absent: Matsuda to Buckley, and Under Matters of the Commission, to change Holly to Hawley

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


6.         Disclosures


Commissioner Damkroger communicated with Lucia Bogatay on Item 10 – Banners on the Path of Gold.

Commissioner Martinez communicated with people on Item 10 by emails; with the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association on Upper Market on Castro.


7.         Commissioner Comments/Questions                                                                      


Commissioner Damkroger was interested in learning more about the Moore House and asked Vel Zinkler if there’s history of the house to share with the commissioners in electronic or written form.  She would give support to citizens for pulling together historic resources information for a nomination process.

Commission Hasz updated 900 Innes, the Shipwright’s Cottage - He contacted Randy Shaw, property owner of the Shipwright Cottage, and Rose Hillson from the Neighborhood Association and reported that neither one of them would finance the re-roofing of the building now.  He said Mr. Frye would be working on a Notice of Violation (NOV) but don’t know where it would go from there.  Mr. Frye responded that the NOV would 1) outline the Department’s awareness of the deferred maintenance; 2) cite Planning Code Article 10 that mandates property owner to maintain landmark properties; 3) cite the Vacant Building Ordinance; and 4) mention the enforcement notice that DBI has sent a few months ago.  Responding to Commissioner Buckley’s question, he said the next step is to escalate the violation to the City Attorney’s Office if the property owner does nothing.  Commission Chase determined that the HPC has the authorization to proceed as were directed from the last discussion to send out the letter that he thought is sufficient for staff to conclude at this point.

Commission Martinez requested the opportunity for a discussion on how preservation alternatives are produced for the EIR process.  Commissioner Chase would see if HPC can calendar it.





8.                                                                                      (D. Kamalanathan: 415/581-2544)



SPEAKERS:   Pinky Kushner, Suzanne Dumont, David Aldrid, Katherine Howard

Information only, no action required.

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

STOW LAKE BOATHOUSE ARTICLE 10 NOMINATION REQUEST BY A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC.  Informational Review of the Stow Lake Boathouse Article 10 Nomination report submitted by a member of the public.  The subject building is the Stow Lake Boathouse, located within Golden Gate Park and constructed 1946 by Architect Warren Charles Perry.  It is currently under review as part of the Golden Gate Park   Article 10 Nomination scheduled for the HPC’s January 19, 2010 hearing.  There is no action required at this time.  The HPC may direct staff to schedule action of this item at a future hearing.  The subject property is located within a (P) Public zoning district. 

Preliminary Recommendation: None. Currently under review by the Department


SPEAKERS:   Suzanne Dumont, Pinky Kushner, Jeff Fones, Brad Gambrell, Bruce McLellan, Peter Lewis, Katherine Howard, David Aldrid

Information only, no action required.


10.       2010.1085U                                                                     (A. Rodgers: 415/558-6395)

           AMENDMENTS TO PUBLIC WORKS CODE CONCERNING BANNERS ON THE PATH OF GOLD LAMPPOSTS.  [BOS File No. 10-1455].  Hearing of a proposed Ordinance that would amend the Public Works Code Section 184.78 to allow for permanent city neighborhood banners along the Path of Gold Lampposts, City Landmark #200. The Commission will consider an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Dufty that would amend the Public Works Code as described in the Ordinance with additional modifications as recommended by the Planning Department. The Commission will consider making recommendations on the proposed Ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications


PRESENTER:   Alex Randolf – Legislative Aid from Supervisor Dufty Office

SPEAKERS in Opposition to the Ordinance:       Peter Lewis – President of Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association (MDNA), Gideon Kramer – Vice President of (MDNA), Lucia Bogatay – Former LPAB Member and Architect, Michael Levin, Ted Olsson, Mike Buhler

ACTION:            Approved per staff recommendations and with Commissioners’ comments that 1) the need to find a way to attach banners without causing damage and that the attachment could be completely reversible; 2) with the CEQA modification that has been offered by staff.

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



11.       2009.1183A                                                                   (P. LaValley:  415/575-9084)

901 VALENCIA STREET, southeast corner of Valencia and 20th Streets, Assessor’s 3609, Lot 042.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove and replace the existing storefront and transom windows, partially removed without the benefit of permit.  The subject property is a contributing structure to the Liberty-Hill Historic District and is located within the Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District with a 50-X Height and Bulk limit. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with conditions


ACTION:            Approved

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

MOTION NO:    M0095

SPEAKER:        None


12.       2007.1250F                                                                             (B. Fu: 415/558-6613)

333 HARRISON STREET, on the block bounded by Harrison Street to the north, Beale Street to the east, the Bay Bridge West Approach to the south and the Fremont Access Ramp to the west, in Assessor’s Block 3766, Lot 009.  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 demolition of the site’s existing surface construction yard and parking lot, and construction of a residential development at the rear of the site consisting of up to 308 residential units in a 65-foot high, seven-story structure over below-grade, parking structure containing 204 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 within RH DTR (Rincon Hill Downtown Residential Mixed Use) District and in a 65-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission to be forwarded to the Sate Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO).


PRESENTER:   Chairman of Emerald Fund

ACTION:            Directed staff to provide a letter stating that the HPC believed the project has covered the issues associated with historical and archeological resources.

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

SPEAKER:        None


13.       2005.0869E                                                                        (J. Poling: 415/575.9072)

121 Golden Gate Avenue/St. Anthony Foundation and Mercy Housing Project, southwest corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Jones Street, Assessor’s Block 0349, Lot 001Commission Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the proposed demolition of an existing two-story, 40-foot-tall, 42,468-square-foot building that currently contains a dining hall/kitchen, and the construction of a 10-story, 99-foot-tall, 109,375-square-foot building that would contain dining hall/kitchen and philanthropic/social services, and 90 affordable rental dwelling units for seniors. Constructed in 1912, the existing building is a contributor to the Uptown Tenderloin National Register Historic District and is individually eligible for listing on the National and California Registers.

The public hearing is intended to assist the Historic Preservation Commission on 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 on the Draft EIR on January 13, 2011. Written comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2011.

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


PRESENTER:   Paul [McKawe] – Project Architect

SPEAKER in Support of the Project: Shari Roeseller – St. Anthony Founda-tion; Linda Pasquinucci – Deputy and Executive Director of St. Anthony Foundation; Fr. Tom West – St. Anthony Foundation; Cissie Bonini – Director of St. Anthony Dining Room

NOTE:               Review and comment only, no action required for this item.  Commissioner Chase directed staff to write the comment letter to the Environmental Review Officer based on their deliberation.


14.                                                                                               (M. Corrette: 415/558.6295)

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION ON THE FINDINGS OF THE MARKET AND OCTAVIA SURVEYS AND DISCUSSION OF HPC WORK PROGRAM Informational presentation to discuss historic resources identified within the Market & Octavia Surveys  and their potential to be included on the HPC’s Landmark Designation Work Plan pursuant to Section 4 of Ordinance 72-08 of the Market & Octavia Area Plan.  The Commission may direct staff to schedule a future hearing to include properties on their Landmark Designation Work Plan.

The Historic Preservation Controls set forth in Section 4(F)(2) of Ordinance 02-08 of the Market & Octavia Area Plan state: "[Following] survey adoption, the Department shall present any, if any, proposed, identified, eligible districts as recorded on DPR 523D District Records, and 523A and 523B, individual building inventory forms, to the [Historic Preservation Commission (Commission)]. Upon receipt, the Commission may: (1) initiate formal listing as outlined in Article 10 of the Planning Code; and/or (2) nominate all California or National Register-eligible districts with the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP)."


ACTION:            Continued the item to no later than 2/2/11 and if there is additional time on 1/19/11, it will be on that calendar.

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


15.       2010.2776                                                                         (M. Brown: 415/575-9074)

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION ON EXISTING LANDMARK DESIGNATIONS AND REPORTING RELATED TO THE 2010/2011 HPC LANDMARK DESIGNATION WORK PROGRAM. Informational presentation based on a request by the HPC for the Department to review trends in the location, property types, social history, cultural associations, and construction dates of existing Landmarks. Informational presentation to include budget and task related estimates in order to inform prioritization of the 2010/2011 Work program.  Informational presentation to include a proposed quarterly reporting structure to monitor resource allocation for Landmark designations.


ACTION:            Continued the item to no later than 2/2/11 and if there is additional time on 1/19/11, it will be on that calendar.

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






The minutes was proposed for adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ACTION:  Approved

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

Last updated: 1/24/2011 4:06:29 PM