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City and County of San Francisco
April 21, 2004

                                                        FINAL ACTION MINUTES

                                                                       OF THE

                                                              SAN FRANCISCO

                      LANDMARKS PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

                                                                             

                                                                     CITY HALL

1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, ROOM 400

April 21, 2004

12:33 P.M. ROLL CALL

FOR FULL BOARD CONSIDERATION

MEMBERS PRESENT: CHERNY, DEARMAN (arr. @ 12:45 p.m.), FINWALL, KELLEY, SAMUELS and SKRONDAL

MEMBER(S) ABSENT:  KOTAS and SHATARA

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

REPORTS

1.         STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Neil Hart,

Preservation

Coordinator:

i        Announced that the CaliforniaPreservation Foundation conference will be held starting Wednesday, April 28, 2004at the Presidio.

                        2.         PRESIDENT'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

                                                            Tim Kelley:

                                                                        i        Announced that the Port of San Francisco, without using the public process, sold for scrap, two pile driving rigs, which were possibly eligible for National Register status.  There is an attempt to retrieve the rigs.

                          3.        MATTERS OF THE BOARD

                                                            Paul Finwall:

                                                                        i        Received an e-mail that the Fire Department is considering selling the Oak StreetFirehouse.

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Tape No(s).: 1a

REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS

4.        APPROVAL OF THE DECEMBER 17, 2003and JANUARY 21, 2004DRAFT ACTION MINUTES

                        Continued.

n   Landmark Designation(s)

                                                                                                          5.            2001.0563L                                                                   (T. TAM: 415/558-6325)

351-359 9th AVENUE, Richmond Branch Library, west side between Geary Boulevard and Clement Street.  Assessor’s Block 144, Lot 7. The subject property was constructed in 1913-1914, and is a one-story-over-basement steel frame, sandstone building with decorative elements in a Mediterranean Revival style.  The property is in a P (Public) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.  Consideration to initiate landmark designation, adopt a resolution initiating and recommending landmark designation to the Planning Commission, the Richmond Branch Library as Landmark No. 247.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Adopt resolution initiating and recommending approval of the landmark designation to the Planning Commission

                        Speaker(s):    Woody LeBounty

                                                Bill Kostura

                                                Charles Chase

                        Board

                        Comments

                        and Actions:

i        It was suggested by President Kelley that a finding be added saying that the Landmarks Board had reviewed a proposed project that in its opinion met the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

i        The designation report omits the address and the Assessor’s Block and Lot.  The boundaries of the landmark site is 351-359 9th Avenue, Assessor’s Block 1441, Lot 7, encompassing the footprint of the building as well as the façade, should be added to the designation report.

i        The Landmarks Board concurred with the designation information as outlined in the designation report.

i        It was moved by Member Samuels (seconded by Dearman) to adopt a resolution initiating landmark designation of the site.  The vote was unanimous (Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal) Absent:  Kotas and Shatara.

i        It was moved that the Landmarks Board adopt a resolution recommending to the Planning Commission,   landmark designation of the RichmondBranch Library, as Landmarks No. 247.  The vote was unanimous (Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal) Absent:  Kotas and Shatara.

             Tape No(s).:  1a

                                                                                                          6.            2003.1250L                                                                   (T. TAM: 415/558-6325)

1201 ORTEGA AVENUE, The Infant Shelter/San Francisco Conservatory of Music, southwest corner of Ortega Street and 19th Avenue, Assessor's Block 2115, Lot 37. The building was constructed in 1928.   It is zoned RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.  Consideration to initiate landmark designation, adopt a resolution initiating and recommending landmark designation to the Planning Commission, the Infant Shelter/San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Landmark No. 242.   (Note:  This item was continued from the February 18, 2004 Landmarks Board Hearing.)

Preliminary Recommendation:  Adopt resolution initiating and recommending approval of the landmark designation to the Planning Commission

                        Speaker(s):    Woody LeBounty

                                                Mark Duffy

                                                Bill Kostura

                                                Chris VerPlanck

                                                Charles Chase

                                                Harry O’Brien

                                                Jay Turnbull

 

                        Board

                        Comments

                        and Actions:

i        It was moved by Member Finwall (seconded by Samuels) to append whatever additional sources they have to the nomination; support the revised language from the attorney/owners of the property regarding the features not contributing to the landmark designation.

i        The Landmarks Board concurred with the designation information as outlined in the designation report.

i        It was moved that the Landmarks Board adopt a resolution initiating landmark designation of the site.  The vote was unanimous (Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal) Absent:  Kotas and Shatara.

i        It was moved that the Landmarks Board adopt a resolution recommending to the Planning Commission,   landmark designation of the Infant Shelter/San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as Landmarks No. 242.  The vote was unanimous (Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal) Absent:  Kotas and Shatara.

             Tape No(s).:  1a

n   Certificate(s) of Appropriateness

                                                                                                          7.            2004.0201A                                                               (A. LIGHT: 415/558-6254)

                        1338 FILBERT STREET, The Filbert Street Cottages (Bush Cottages and the School of Basic Design and Color), Landmark No. 238, north side between Larkin and Polk Streets. Assessor’s Block 0524, Lots 031, 032, 033, and 034. The four two-story wood frame cottages were constructed in 1907 and are examples of a rare vernacular building type, associated with the City's post Earthquake and Great Fire emergency housing.  The property is within a RH-2 (House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove  8.5-feet of depth of the non-contributory rear additions on the two houses at the north end of the property in order to gain access to the retaining wall behind the structures so that it can undergo structural repair.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval

Speaker(s):    Jerry DeMarini

Charles Chase

Joe Butler

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

Ayes:                           Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal

Noes:              None

Absent:           Kotas and Shatara

Tape No(s).: 1a & b

n Review of Written Objections to findings of the Inner MissionNorth Cultural Resource Survey Phase II

                       

                8.                                                                                      (M. CORRETTE: 415/558-6295)

Following the Landmarks Boards' Public Review Process for Cultural Resource Survey Findings , the Landmarks Board must review written objections to the Inner Mission North Cultural Resource Survey Phase II (California Department of Parks and Recreation Survey Forms – DPR 523A and 523B) survey findings as presented by property owner. The Landmarks Board may recommend retention or modification of survey information and/or National Register Status Code.  The recommendation will then be forwarded to the Planning Commission for consideration of endorsement.

                        1.         Evaluate the owner’s objection to the proposed California Historic Resources Status Code (CHRSC) assigned to the property at 1886 Mission Street, and either endorse the proposed CHRSC of 3CS, or determine based on historical evidence and evaluation criteria, an alternate status code.

                        (Note:  Continued from the April 7, 2004 Landmarks Board Hearing)

Speaker(s):    Milg Davos

Brett Gladstone

Jim Salinas

Warner Schmalz

Reuben Santana

Charles Chase

Action:            After hearing public comment, Vice President Skrondal proposed that the status code be changed to 5D2; however, no action was taken on this proposal.

                                    Member Finwall moved (seconded by Dearman) to accept Staff’s recommendation to retain the Status Code of 3C3.  The vote was unanimous. 

Ayes:                           Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal

Noes:              None

Absent:           Kotas and Shatara

Tape No(s).: 1b & 2a

n   Review and Comment

9.         NATIONAL REGISTER NOMINATION                   (M. LUELLEN: 415/558-6478)

425 Battery STreet, General Harrison Storeship, between Merchant and Clay Streets.  Assessor’s Block 206, Lot 25.  The remains of the ship, General Harrison, were partially excavated and subsequently reburied during construction at the northwest corner of Clay and Battery Streets in 2001.  The nominated remains of General Harrison consist of the entire lower portion of the hull, including the stern and midships areas exposed in 2001, as well as the unexcavated bow with associated material culture.  The subject property is in a C-3-0 (Downtown Office) District and is in a 200S Height and Bulk District. The State Historic Preservation Office is seeking the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board’s comments on a proposed nomination to the National Register of Historic Places as part of San Francisco’s role as a Certified Local Government.

                        Speaker(s):    None

                        Board

                        Comments

                        and Actions:

i        After hearing Staff Report, it was moved by Vice President Skrondal (seconded by Finwall) to recommend nomination of 425 Battery Street, General Harrison Storeship to the National Register of Historic Places.  The vote was unanimous.

Ayes:                           Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal

Noes:              None

Absent:           Kotas and Shatara

Tape No(s).: 2a & b

10.       NATIONAL REGISTER NOMINATION                   (M. LUELLEN: 415/558-6478)

640 sutter street, Woman’s Athletic Club Of San Francisco (Currently Known As The Metropolitan Club), north side between Taylor and Mason Streets.  Assessor’s Block 283, Lot 22.  The subject building, designed by Bliss and Faville, is a six-story women’s club built in two phases, completed in 1917 and 1923.  The building is rated as a Significant Category 1 building in Article 11 of the Planning Code, and is therefore included as well in the Downtown Plan of the General Plan. The site is in a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and is in a 160-F Height and Bulk District. The State Historic Preservation Office is seeking the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board’s comments on a proposed nomination to the National Register of Historic Places as part of San Francisco’s role as a Certified Local Government.

Speaker(s):    Charles Chase
                                                Caroline Rogers
                                                Alice Carey

                        Board
                        Comments
                        and Actions:

i        After hearing public comment, it was moved by Vice Member Cherny (seconded by Finwall) to recommend nomination of 640 Sutter Street, Woman’s Athletic Club of San Francisco (currently known as the Metropolitan Club) to the National Register of Historic Places.  The vote was unanimous.

Ayes:                           Cherny, Dearman, Finwall, Kelley, Samuels and Skrondal
Noes:              None
Absent:           Kotas and Shatara

Tape No(s).: 2b

n   Review and Comment

 

                                                                                                          11.                                                                                (T. TROYAN, DPW: 415/554-5849)

COMCAST SURFACE MOUNTED CABINET PROGRAM.  Comcast Cable Corporation has a Cable TV franchise with the City and County of San Francisco.  Under the agreement, Comcast must rebuild the City’s cable system adding new technology to accomplish this.  Comcast must install surface mounted Power Supply Cabinets (Cabinets) in parts of the City where utility facilities have been undergrounded.  In as much as the franchise allows Comcast to install equipment necessary for their operation in the public right-of-way, the City retains plenary authority to regulate manner of use of the right-of-way to promote the public’s health, safety and convenience, to ensure safe and accessible path of travel and to minimize visual blight.  To manage the installation of initially 360 Cabinets, Comcast and the Department of Public Works (DPW) formed an agreement that outlines a process for determining locations and for public involvement, allowing DPW oversight.  The Planning Department reviewed and commented on the agreement for locating Cabinets.  One of the guidelines states that Cabinets shall not be placed in Local, State, National Register, National Historic, or Conservation Districts.  Several of these Districts are of such a large geographical area that DPW was unable to comply with the prohibition of cabinets in those areas.  In addition, DPW has received objections from some residents protesting the location of cabinets within Districts eligible but not listed on the historic registers.  The Department of Public Works seeks the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board’s comments on how to best place these mandated Cabinets in the right-of-way within an historic or landmark district that most meets the integrity and quality of those designations.

Item was cancelled.

ADJOURNMENT:   4:50 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

None.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

ADJOURNMENT:

Adopted:  July 21, 2004

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