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Meeting Minutes

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

12:30 P.M. 


Regular Meeting

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:  Hasz, Damkroger, Johns, Martinez, Matsuda, and Chase

ABSENT:                                  Wolfram


STAFF IN ATTENDANCEKelley Amdur – Current Planning Director, Moses Corrette, Tim Frye – Preservation Coordinator, and Linda Avery – Commission Secretary





1.    Director’s Report  - Preservation Coordination Frye mentioned that the report was in the packet for Commissioners to review and would be happy to answer questions.

2.    Preservation Coordination Frye gave a Review of Past Week’s Events at the Planning Commission (PC).

·         March 8, PC and the Department of Recreation and Park’s joint hearing regarding 8 Washington was cancelled; and continued to March 22, 2012.

·         March 15, PC heard a Discretionary Review (DR) for 550 Jersey Street filed by Mr. Butler to lower the roof ridge.  After hearing testimony from Planning Department (PD) staff and Mr. Butler, PC raised concern about the process between Department of Building & Inspection and the PD; and recommended not to take DR.

Mr. Frye:

·         Introduced Preservation Intern, Forrest Chamberlain, who would be working on the Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant for the research on Sunset District context statement and survey, including the Merchant Builders.

·         Announced and reminded the HPC that the CLG forum would be held at the California Preservation Foundation Conference in Oakland on Thursday May 3rd 2012 from 10 AM to 3 PM.  All Planning Staff would attend and all HPC Commissioners have space reserved for them if they choose to attend.

Commission Secretary Avery announced her retirement would be this year in September and stated hopefully that there would be a joint meeting between the HPC and the PC to discuss the process for her replacement.



3.    President’s Report and Announcements

President Chase reported that they had held a meeting in Planning Director’s office to plan a joint hearing for the HPC and the PC to discuss Ms. Avery’s retirement and the process to find a successor.  He asked the HPC members be aware of a separate meeting that needs their attendance.

4.         Consideration of Adoption:

              a.        Draft minutes of the March 7, 2012, Regular Hearing


ACTION:        Approved

AYES:             Hasz, Johns, Martinez, Matsuda, Damkroger,

ABSTAINED: Chase (did not attend the March 7 hearing)

ABSENCE:    Wolfram

5.         Disclosures

Commissioner Damkroger received emails regarding the Gold Dust Lounge; met with Chris VerPlanck about the Gold Dust Lounge.

Commissioner Martinez met and talked with VerPlanck; got a letter from Quentin Kopp; and received emails/letters from Colbentz, Patch, Duffy, and Bass (Colbentz).

Commissioner Johns got and did the same; also talked with someone from Colbentz.

Commissioner Matsuda received the same correspondence about the Gold Dust Lounge; and received a request to postpone Show Place Square.

Commissioner Chase had the same as other commissioners; also received a telephone message from Jim Chappell.

6.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions

Commissioner Damkroger asked about the TDR discussion.  Mr. Frye responded that the Department is still preparing the material internally and would present it to the HPC before the Transit Center District Plan that would be before the HPC in the next couple of months.



7.         2010.0485U                                                  (MOSES CORRETTE: 415/558-6295)

SHOWPLACE SQUARE – NORTHEAST MISSION HISTORIC SURVEY, 612 Alabama, Assessor's Block 4020, Lot 2.  Consideration to adopt, modify, or disapprove the findings of the historic resource survey findings of subject property.

(At the August 17, 2011 hearing, the Historic Preservation Commission directed the building owners and staff to provide the Commission with additional information.)

NOTE:            Mr. Corrette received request from Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman to postpone the item for two weeks.  Staff recommended to extending it to a month for time to review and response.

SPEAKERS:  Gregg Miller from David Allan Trust accepted the deferral to a month’s time.

ACTION:        Approved deferral to April 18, 2012

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

ABSENT:       Wolfram

8.         2012.0118L                                                   (MOSES CORRETTE: 415/558-6295)

301 GEARY STREET aka 247 POWELL STREET, on the southwest corner of Geary and Powell Streets, Assessor's Block 0315, Lot 001.  Consideration to initiate Landmark designation for the Gold Dust Lounge This item was calendared at the HPC’s request following public comment at the Commission's regularly scheduled hearing on February 1, 2012.   It is a consideration of initiation of the Gold Dust Lounge as an individual Article 10 Landmark and Departmental review of a case report/application submitted by a member of the public.

(Continued from February 15th, 2012 hearing)

NOTE:            Per letter request received from Mr. Christopher VerPlanck, for reason to respond to staff’s report issued a week ago, Mr. Corrette started the item with a request to postpone it for a month.

SPEAKERS:  Chris VerPlanck and Catherine Hill spoke in favor of deferral; Caroline Guibert, from Colbentz on behalf of property owner, spoke against the deferral.

NOTE:            After Commissioners and staff discussed the issue of deferral, HPC decided to hear the item.  Commission Secretary Avery called the item again on record and Mr. Corrette presented the case.

SPEAKERS in opposition to landmark designation initiation: Carolline Guibert from Colbentz, Mike Garavaglia and Becky Urbano from Garavaglia Architecture represented organized opposition was allowed a 10 minute block of time to speak; Karen Flood, Interim Executive Director of Union Square Business Improvements District (BID); Jim Chappell, Board of Director of BID; Ken [Clifland], Vice President of Public Policy for Building Owners Managers Association; Lydia Hernada, Manager of Public Policy of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Judith Lay, Worker in SF; Edward Torres; Alex Freidman read a letter on behalf of Quentin Kopp; and Nicole [Yalich] read a letter from Crowley.

SPEAKERS in favor of landmark designation initiation:  Christopher VerPlanck; Catherine Hill read a release from Lawrence Ferlinghetti press release from 2001; and Joe Salaninaro.


ACTION:        Continued to April 18, 2012 with public hearing remain opened

AYES:             Martinez, Matsuda, Damkroger

NAYS:            Hasz, Johns, Chase

ABSENT:       Wolfram


ACTION:        Denied Landmark status initiation for Gold Dust Lounge

AYES:             Hasz, Johns, Chase

NAYS:            Martinez, Matsuda, Damkroger

ABSENT:       Wolfram


ACTION:        Continued to April 18 as a closed public hearing item to allow the absent commissioner the opportunity to participate in the final action.

AYES:             Hasz, Johns, Matsuda, Damkroger, Chase

NAY:               Martinez

ABSENT:       Wolfram

9.                                                                                                (TIM FRYE:  415/515-6822)


Review and Comment on the 2010-2011 CLG Annual Report prepared by Planning Department Staff. The Commission may direct staff to include additional information or make revisions to the report prior to forwarding to the California Office of Historic Preservation.

Information only – no action          



The minutes was proposed for adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ACTION:           Approved

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

Last updated: 5/3/2012 2:43:23 PM