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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, February 2, 2011





Regular Meeting



Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

Richard Johns, Andrew Wolfram


John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Kelley Amdur, Director of Neighborhood Planning

Timothy Frye, 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.         2008.1048E                                                                          (T. Frye: 415/575-6822)


            Memo & Historic Structures Report

            Plans and Renderings


706 MISSION STREET, The Aronson Building, Northwest corner of Third and Mission Streets. Assessor's Block 3706, Lot 093, 275, and portions of 277 - Request for Review and Comment before the Architectural Review Committee regarding the proposal to rehabilitate and integrate the Aronson Building into a new 47-story, 550-foot-tall tower containing up to 215 residential units, space for the Mexican Museum, a retail/restaurant use, and associated building services. The project is currently undergoing environmental review per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by the Department (Case No. 2008.1048E). The Aronson Building was evaluated as part of the adopted Transit Center Survey and identified as individually eligible to the National Register and eligible as a contributor to a California Register eligible district. The site is zoned Downtown Retail (C-3-R) District and a 400-I Height & Bulk District.








ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                        Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:                Courtney Damkroger           

                        Commissioners:                                   Richard Johns

                                                                                      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.         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.        185 Sutter Street, Case No. 2011.0040H

              b.        112 Grant Avenue, Case No. 2011.0019H


3.         Disclosures


4.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions




5.         Presentation of budget-balancing options and final review of proposed FY 2011-12 Historic Preservation Budget and Work Program.                    (T. DiSantos: 415/575-9113)



6.         ACTION PLAN UPDATE INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION – Planning Staff will highlight the accomplishments of the Action Plan (2008-2010) and present the Revised Development Review Process                                                                           (M. Luellen: 415/558-6478)



7.         2011.0059U                                                                      (M. Brown: 415/575-9074)

MODERN DESIGN HISTORIC CONTEXT STATEMENT  - The San Francisco Modern Architecture and Landscape Design 1935-1970 Historic Context Statement documents the development of Modern architecture and landscape design in San Francisco and outlines significance, integrity considerations, and registration requirements. Consideration to adopt, modify, or disapprove the San Francisco Modern Architecture and Landscape Design 1935-1970 Historic Context Statement.

Preliminary Recommendation: Motion to Adopt the San Francisco Modern Architecture and Landscape Design 1935-1970 Historic Context Statement.


8.         2010.0959E                                                                          (T. Tam: 415/558-6325)

147 SOUTH PARK located on the south side between 2nd and 3rd Streets, in Assessor’s Block 3775, Lot 031. Request for review pursuant to the Eastern Neighborhoods Interim Permit Review Procedures for Historic Resources. The proposed project is to demolish the existing vacant single-family building and construct a new 4-story, 40’-0” tall, mixed-use building, with a restaurant on the first floor and two residential units on the upper floors.  The subject parcel is located within the SPD (South Park District) District, in a 40-X Height and Bulk District, and within the East SoMa Area Plan. The Department is reviewing an Environmental

Evaluation application and Historic Resource Evaluation Report for the project.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt Motion


9.         2006.0536F                                                                            (T. TAM: 415/558-6325)

LOWER CRYSTAL SPRINGS DAM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.  The Lower Crystal Springs Dam Improvement Project is located in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County on lands owned by the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF).   Request for Review and Comment on the documentation and draft Memorandum of Agreement prepared by United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for Section 106 review of the proposed modification of various features of the Lower Crystal Springs Dam (LCSD) to comply with requirements of the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). The primary alterations at the top of the dam include raising the parapet wall, widening the spillway, and reshaping the spillway crest. At the toe of the dam, the existing stilling basin will be demolished and replaced with a larger stilling basin. Downstream of the stilling basin, riprap grouted with concrete will be installed within the creek channel to protect the dam abutments and creek banks from erosion. Upon completion of construction, the SFPUC will raise the maximum operating level of the reservoir from the current DSOD-permitted water level elevation of 283.8 feet to a normal maximum elevation of 287.8 feet, with an occasional increase in elevation up to 291.8 feet, the historical maximum elevation of the reservoir.  The project will improve reliability of the SFPUC’s water supply system which serves customers in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission to be forwarded to the US Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) and State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO).


10.       2006.1388F                                                                            (T. TAM: 415/558-6325)

SEISMIC UPGRADE OF BAY DIVISION PIPELINE NOS. 3 AND 4.  The Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipeline (BDPL) Nos. 3 and 4 cross the Hayward Fault in the City of Fremont, Alameda County, California.  The sections of the pipeline to be upgraded are located within the 24.4-meter (80-foot) SFPUC ROW between the existing South and North Shutoff Stations near the intersection of Interstate 680 (I-680) and Mission Boulevard. Within the project area, the pipelines cross I-680, three I-680 on-ramps, Mission Boulevard, Agua Caliente Creek (contained within a concrete culvert), and Agua Fria Creek (a creek that crosses the pipeline ROW and flows within its natural bed within the ROW). The SFPUC ROW traverses residential areas on both the north and south ends.  Request for Review and Comment on the documentation and draft Memorandum of Agreement prepared by United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for Section 106 review of the proposed installation of approximately 719 meters (2,360 feet) of 1.8- to 2.0-meter (72- to 78-inch) diameter welded steel pipe (BDPL No. 3X) directly adjacent to the existing 2.0-meter (78-inch)-diameter BDPL No. 3 between the North and South Shutoff Stations. In addition, upgrades to the existing BDPL No. 4 will be implemented to seismically strengthen the pipeline where it crosses all three traces of the Hayward fault, and to prevent damage to the new BDPL No. 3X should BDPL No. 4 fail. The new BDPL No. 3X will parallel the two existing pipelines at a depth comparable to or below the existing BDPL Nos. 3 and 4, and all facilities with the exception of access structures will be constructed below ground. All improvements will be constructed within the 24.4-meter (80-foot) SFPUC ROW between the existing South and North Shutoff Stations, and temporary bridges will be constructed across Mission Boulevard and the I-680 on-ramps where they are crossed by the ROW to facilitate traffic flow during construction. For planning purposes, the project area has been divided into eight construction zones and includes four staging areas where grading (but no excavation) will occur.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission to be forwarded to the US Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) and State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO).


11.       2010.1084H                                                                    (A. Hollister: 415/575-9078)

237 POST STREET, south side between Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, Assessor’s Block 0309, Lot 025Request for a Major Permit to Alter to replace the front façade of the subject building.  The subject building is a Category V Building within the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District and is in the C-3-R (Downtown Retail) District with an 80-130-F Height and Bulk limit.

Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


12.      2010.0964H and 2010.0448H                                       (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

211 SUTTER STREET, southwest corner of Kearny and Sutter Streets, Assessor’s Block 0293, Lots 001.  Request for Review & Comment on proposed glaze samples for replacement glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) per conditions of approval for Major Permit to Alter for Case No. 2010.0448H, which was approved by the Historic Preservation Commission at the regular hearing on July 7, 2010, and for Major Permit to Alter for Case No. 2010.0964H, which was approved by the Historic Preservation Commission at the regular hearing on November 3, 2010.  The subject building, historically known as the Sherman Clay & Company Building, is a Category I Building within the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District and is in C-3-O (Downtown Office) District with an 80-130-F Height and Bulk limit.



13.       2009.0601A                                                                       (R. Sucre: 415/575-9108)

970-974 VALENCIA STREET, west side of street between Liberty and 21st Streets, Assessor’s 3608, Lot 007.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to legalize the existing storefront, constructed without benefit of a permit and Certificate of Appropriateness, and install new signage.  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









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: 2/3/2011 8:45:13 AM