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Meeting Minutes


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, August 3, 2011



12:30 P.M. 




Regular Meeting



COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:         Johns, Wolfram, Martinez, Matsuda, Chase, Hasz

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:           Damkroger




STAFF IN ATTENDANCEJohn Rahaim - Planning Director, Tina Tam – Sr. Planner, Assistant to Neighborhood Planning Director, Michael Jacinto, Joy Navarrete, Rich Sucre, Tim Frye – Preservation Coordinator, and Linda Avery – Commission Secretary





The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date.  The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.


1.         Rules and Regulations


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


b)      Hearing Procedures related to receipt of new information during a public hearing.


c)      Discussion on the format and material required for submittal of Historic Preservation Commission Hearing Packets.

 (Proposed for continuance to August 17, 2011)



ACTION:         Continued to August 17, 2011

AYES:             Hasz, Johns, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Chase

ABSENT:        Damkroger




SPEAKERS:   Aaron Peskin, spoke in reference to noticing requirement for Certificate of Appropriateness and called out three places – Planning Department’s website, Preservation Bulletin #4 and revisions to Article 10 Section 1006.3 – that have indicated notification process would be adhered to.




Preservation Coordinator Frye:

 1.        Proposed Duboce Park Article 10 District Community Meetings – Mr. Frye announced the second community meeting would be held on August 16, 2011 7:00 p.m. at the Harvey Milk Center of the Arts, and “Ask the Planner Night” would be held on August 30 and September 27, 2011 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Duboce Park Cafe.

 2.        280 Divisadero - The Board of Appeals (BOA) had continued the item this spring for the Project Sponsor (the Appellant) and the Planning Department to reach a compromise. The Department met with the Appellant, Moe [Battle], to discuss a few elements to the proposal that could be revised to bring the project in greater conformance with the Secretary of Interiors standards.  Moe decided they weren’t comfortable with the compromise and the case was back again before the BOS last week. The Department, represented the HPC and was agreeable to the compromise but the Appellant stated that they would not invest additional time and money into the building if they were not granted their proposed C of A.  The BOA upheld the HPC’s denial of a request for a C of A by a 3-2 vote.


Preservation Coordinator Frye added the following reports/announcements:

·                     As part of the summer internship, the Department’s intern has been working on community outreach and engagement strategy.  The work was to help inform a new Communication Manager position that would begin in the Department soon. 

·                     At this time, noticing requirements for the Minor Permits to Alter and the Administrative C of A are pending for adoption of the revised Articles 10 & 11.  However, the Zoning Administrator (ZA) instructed Staff to start noticing in anticipation of the adoption.


Director Rahaim announced that the Department would make an offer to fill the Communication Manager position in the next couple of weeks.  This person would oversee the Department’s communication, outreach process, the website, media relations, and etc.




3.         President’s Report and Announcements - None

4.         Disclosures

Commissioner Wolfram met a few weeks ago with representative from the Museum of Modern Art and their architect to see the project which wasn’t related to the EIR.

5.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions – None




All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Historic Preservation Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing.  – None




6.         2011.0524A                                                                (P. LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

1460 MONTGOMERY STREET, east side between Greenwich and Filbert Steps. Assessor’s Block 0085, Lot 026A.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for horizontal rear addition and rear deck.  The subject property is a contributing structure to the Telegraph Hill Historic District and is located within a RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk limit.

            Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of July 20, 2011)



ACTION:         without hearing, continued to September 7, 2011

AYES:             Hasz, Johns, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Chase

ABSENT:        Damkroger

NOTE:            Staff requested continuance of this item so that notices could be sent to the public as instructed by the ZA.


7.         1996.771E                                                                       (R. SUCRE:415/575-9108)

1300 3RD STREET, between Mission Rock and China Basin Streets, Assessor’s 8720, Lot 002.  Request for Review and Comment regarding compliance of the proposed project with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.  The proposed project includes the conversion of the existing vacant fire station into a community center and office. Review and Comment is required as part of the mitigation measures for the Mission Bay Environmental Impact Report. The subject property was evaluated as a historic resource eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C (Design/Construction). It is located within the MB-RA (Mission Bay Redevelopment Area) Zoning District. 



PRESENTER:            Frank Falice, San Francisco Department of Public Works, Manager of Capital Planning; Emily Lawson, Bureau of Architecture; Charles Higueras, Project Manager with the Department of Public Works and Manager for Public Safety Buildings

ACTION:         Agreed with Staff’s recommendations with amendments that 1) staff is to determine the color of the tiles and wainscoting in the apparatus room; 2) that openings of the exterior, including doors and windows, needed to be redesigned to be more compatible, and that they not be frameless glazing; 3) that there should be no glass in front of the doors of the apparatus space.  If there is glass, it should be behind them; 4) that the plaza needed to be reconsidered so that it would not give the effect of burying the building; 5) that the interior features of the apparatus space and the living room be character defining features; and 6) that the project generally complies with the Sectary of Interior Standards.

AYES:             Hasz, Johns, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Chase

ABSENT:        Damkroger



8.         2009.0291E & 2010.0275E                                        (M.Jacinto: (415) 575-9033)

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART EXPANSION AND FIRE STATION RELOCATION AND HOUSING PROJECT  -  Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report – The proposed projects would be developed on two project sites and would include: 1) an approximately 230,000-square-foot expansion of the existing SFMOMA, a private non-profit modern art museum located at 151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets); 2) the demolition of two structures to the south of the museum (670 Howard Street and 676 Howard Street) to accommo­date the expansion; and 3) the relocation of San Francisco Fire Department Station No. 1 from 676 Howard Street to 935 Folsom Street. The existing building at 935 Folsom Street (formerly used for apparel manufacturing and as a commercial laundry) would be demolished and, in addition to construction of a new fire station fronting Folsom Street, the site would be subdivided and a residential building containing up to 13 multi-family units would be constructed on the portion of the site fronting Shipley Street.  The SFMOMA Expansion would require the following approvals: Planning Code Section 309 Downtown Project Approval; vacation of Hunt Street (a 3,500-square-foot landlocked City-owned right-of-way located between 151 Third Street and 676 and 670 Howard Street) and conveyance to SFMOMA; rezoning of 676 Howard Street from P (Public) to C-S-3 (Downtown Support); amendment of the 151 Third Street Disposition and Development Agreement; Lot Merger; and Demolition and Building Permits. The Fire Station Relocation and Housing Project would require the following approvals: amendment to the General Plan, Map 2 in the Community Facilities Element; Planning Code Section 307(h)/327 Eastern Neighborhoods Project Approval; rezoning of the fire station portion of the site from MUR (Mixed Use Residential) to P; design approval of a new public building; lot subdivision; and Demolition and Building Permits.


NOTE: This public hearing is intended to assist the Commission in its preparation of comments on the Draft EIR (DEIR). Comments made by members of the public at this hearing will not be considered comments on the DEIR and may not be responded to in the Final EIR.  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIR on

August 11, 2011.  Written comments on the DEIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on August 25, 2011.

Preliminary Recommendation: The Historic Preservation Commission will discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Report and may provide oral comments or may direct staff to prepare written comments on the adequacy of the DEIR, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


RECUSED:     Commissioner Chase

NOTE:            Commissioner Chase appointed Commissioner Martinez to chair the remainder of the hearing.


PRESENTER: Mr. Dykers, Principal at Snohetta Architectural Firm gave a brief overview presentation of the project.

ACTION:         Although the HPC did not take formal action, the members generally found that the DEIR adequately addressed the historic resources and the alternative seemed to be well presented.  One commissioner disagree with the finding that the Hill Building lacked integrity.  The HPC would not send a comment letter but directed staff to forward their comments.


9.         2010.0493E                                                                  (J. NAVARRETE:  575-9040)

THE 34TH AMERICA’S CUP AND JAMES R. HERMAN CRUISE TERMINAL AND NORTHEAST WHARF PLAZA PROJECT.  Public Hearing to assist the Historic Preservation Commission to prepare a comment letter on the Draft Environmental Impact Report.  The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) and the America’s Cup Event Authority propose to host the 34th America’s Cup (AC34) sailing races in San Francisco Bay  in 2012 and in 2013  Venues proposed for the AC34 events are piers, water areas, and facilities managed by the Port of San Francisco (Port) including: Piers (Piers 19, 19½, 23, 27-29½, 26, 28, 30-32, and 80), water basins/water areas (Piers 19-23, 23-27, 29-31, 14-22½, 26-28, 28-30, and 32-36), and Seawall Lot 330. Various other venues are proposed for spectator-related activities, some of which are under the jurisdiction of other City, state or federal agencies, including Crissy Field, Marina Green, Fort Mason, Aquatic Park, Alcatraz Island, Fort Baker Pier at Cavallo Point (near Sausalito), SF Civic Center, Union Square, and Justin Herman Plaza. The event venues would include team bases and operations, support space, media operations, hospitality services, commercial space, entertainment and spectator areas, and temporary berthing and mooring facilities for race-related and spectator vessels. The Port proposes the development of Pier 27 as the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and Northeast Wharf Plaza, which would be phased to allow America’s Cup Village uses at Piers 27-29, including an initial phase of the cruise terminal building, for the 2013 AC34. The Cruise Terminal project would involve demolition of the existing Pier 27 shed, a portion of the Pier 29 shed, and Pier 27 Annex Building, and construction of a 91,200 square foot, two-story cruise terminal building along Pier 27. The Northeast Wharf Plaza would

provide a 2½-acre open space at the south end of Pier 27, fronting along The Embarcadero promenade including a multi-use recreational space and ancillary structures for commercial and recreational services.

NOTE:  The Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) (SCH No. 2011022040) was published on July 11, 2011. The Draft EIR identifies significant impacts to historic resources from the construction and operation of the proposed AC34 facilities and Northeast Wharf Plaza and identifies mitigation measures that would reduce these impacts to less than significant. The Draft EIR also identifies a potentially significant and unavoidable environmental effect to historic resources due to the proposed future long-term development and identifies a mitigation measure to reduce this impact, though not to a level of insignificance.   This hearing is intended to assist the Commission in providing its comments on the Draft EIR. It is not a public hearing on the Draft EIR itself.  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Draft EIR on August 11, 2011. Written comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission


RECUSED:     Commissioner Chase

NOTE:            Commissioner Martinez chaired this item.


ACTION:         Following the hearing, the Commission continued the item to August 17, 2011.  Public hearing remains open.

AYES:             Hasz, Johns, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram.

ABSENT:        Damkroger




The minutes was proposed for adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:              Hasz, Johns, Martinez, Matsuda, Wolfram, Damkroger, and Chase


Last updated: 9/27/2011 8:33:21 AM