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City and County of San Francisco
July 18, 2007

FINAL ACTION MINUTES

OF THE

SAN FRANCISCO

LANDMARKS PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

CITY HALL

1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, ROOM 400

July 18, 2007

12:36 P.M. ROLL CALL

FOR FULL LANDMARKS BOARD CONSIDERATION

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Cherny, Hasz, Maley, Martinez, Street

BOARD MEMBER(S) ABSENT: Chan, Damkroger, Dearman

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Mark Luellen, Preservation Coordinator; N. Moses Corrette; Susan Exline; Tim Frye; April Hesik; Sonya Banks, Commission Secretary; Marlena Byrne, City Attorney

PUBLIC COMMENT

REPORTS

1. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mark Luellen, Preservation Coordinator:

iInterviews on the proposals for the survey and area plan development of Japantown were concluded this past Monday. The announcement of the selected firm will be announced in the near future.

iThe Board of Supervisors initiated the designation of the 1st St. John Methodist Church (1601 Larkin St.). This item will be heard by the Landmarks Board at their August 15, 2007 hearing.

iThe completion of the Mission District Historical Context Statement has been put on hold while the Department staff attend to the needs of the ongoing and upcoming survey efforts. Once the current phase of survey in the Inner Mission North is completed, and those survey findings transmitted to the OHP in order to meet the requirements of the Department's CLG grant, staff will resume work on the Mission District Historical Context Statement. This is expected to occur at the end of August. The Context Statement will be completed in early Fall of 2007, in time to inform the survey evaluations for the greater Mission District, as intended.

iPlanner April Hesik will be leaving the Department on July 27th. April will be relocating to Washington, DC. Ms. Hesik will be missed and the Department acknowledges her contribution and efforts.

2. PRESIDENT'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

She thanked everyone for the gifts received while she was on maturity leave.

3. MATTERS OF THE BOARD

Cherny

A public hearing on the decision of the Planning Department to disapprove of the proposed landmark of U.C. Extension Center, 55 Laguna Street will be held on July 31, 2007 at 4:00 p.m., at City Hall, Rm. 250.

The Landmarks Board members wished April Hesik farewell.

4. LANDMARKS WORK PROGRAM 2005-2007 UPDATE

Maley

She will contact Susan Lee regarding the report for the Montgomery Street Warehouse.

Martinez

Planner Tim Frye is in the process of reviewing the second revision of the draft report for the Transit Shelters.

  1. HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE FUND UPDATE

The Committee conditionally approved the proposal for a context statement for African American history in San Francisco. Received an update from the Asian Neighborhood Design, they are doing a study on ways to rehabilitated the South of Market Industrial buildings. The survey work is completed; they are starting their analysis of the project.

ACTION ITEM (S)

6. APPROVAL OF THE JUNE 20, 2007 DRAFT ACTION MINUTES

Speaker(s):

None

Board Action:

It was moved by Board Member Street (seconded by Cherny) to adopt the draft action minutes. The vote was unanimous.

AYES: Cherny, Hasz, Maley, Martinez, Street

NOES: None

ABSENT: Chan, Damkroger, Dearman

NON-ACTION ITEM(S)

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION

(M. CORRETTE: 415/558-6295)

Speaker(s):

None

Board Comments

A Board member announced that Supervisor Aaron Peskin said he might be able to obtain more funds to do a higher level of survey work than method A. SF Heritage, the Preservation Consortium and various other groups felt that there weren't enough B forms done in the Market/Octavia Plan and the district boundary on the D form should be extended. A Board member considers the Citywide Survey to be more complete and thorough then anything required by CEQA, etc. Recommended establishing a system for updating information as the Citywide survey continues. The Board members recommended agendizing writing a letter to the Board of Supervisors stating that the Landmarks Board would like the survey methodology to be consistent, therefore recommending that the Board of Supervisors fund the South of Market survey.

ITEM'S #8 AND #9 WERE HEARD TOGETHER

  1. (S. EXLINE: 415/558-6332)

Eastern Neighborhoods Rezoning Informational Presentation

Staff will provide a brief overview of the proposed Eastern Neighborhoods Rezoning and Area Plans.

Tape No.: 1a

ACTION ITEM(S)

REVIEW AND COMMENT

9. (M. CORRETTE AND T. FRYE: 415/575-6822)

Eastern Neighborhoods Historic Resource Survey and Interim Procedures, Presentation of the Survey and the draft permit review policies developed to provide additional protection for potential historic resources within the Plan Area during the interim period. The LPAB's comments will be transmitted to the Planning Commission for their consideration at their July 19, 2007 public hearing.

Speaker(s):

Sylvia Johnson

Board Comments

A Board member questioned if Department staff knew the number of applications for major alterations or demolition from previous years. A Board member requested that under item C to include that the Landmarks Board be asked to provide Review and Comment (not just a presentation). Suggested adding a statement stating that interim control does not preclude or prevent landmark designation or the establishment of historic districts. A Board member recommended endorsement of the Eastern Neighborhoods Survey Procedures.

Tape No. 1a and b

10. 2005.0651E (A. HESIK: 415/558-6602)

580 HAYES STREET, northeast corner of Hayes and Laguna Streets, Assessor's Block 0807, Lot 010, located within the Hayes Neighborhood Commercial District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to demolish the existing commercial building, which was constructed in 1939, and construct a five-story building containing 90 senior housing units above 3,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The project would include 17 below-grade parking spaces accessed from Ivy Street. Request is for Review and Comment pursuant to the Market and Octavia Area Plan Interim Procedures for Permit Review based on the Environmental Exemption Application and the preliminary Market and Octavia Area Plan survey form. The Department is requesting LBAP comments prior to issuing a Historic Resource Evaluation Response.

Speaker(s):

David Esmay

Tom Harry

Board Comments

The Board members agrees that the potential project is not eligible (individually or district). The Board member concluded that the project complies with the Secretary Standards. A Board member think that the building would be the biggest building on the block; in order for the building to fit into the streetscape, suggested changing the color scheme of the building, change two of the bays to different shapes and lowering the elevation. A Board member recommended not including all the permit information. A Board member suggested making the building read as two distinct buildings rather than one big building. A Board member questioned if the drawing rendering were different. The Board members feel that these comments would make the proposed project more compatible with the Secretary of Interior Standards.

Tape No.: 1b

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS

11. 2007.0470A (A. HESIK: 415/558-6602)

239 GREENWICH STREET, south side between Montgomery and Sansome Streets, Assessor's Block 0085, Lot 026D. Request for Certificate of Appropriateness for landscaping, including new retaining walls, stairs, rails, brick path, and plantings. The roughly rectangular site consists of a 1,559-square-foot vacant lot and an approximately 400-square-foot portion of the Greenwich Street public right-of-way. The site is currently used as a private garden and is subject to an open-space easement held by the Garden Conservancy. The site is located within the Telegraph Hill Historic District and is within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

Continued from June 20, 2007.

Speaker(s):

Alida Blair

Sarah Johnson

Board Action:

It was moved by Board Member Martinez (seconded by Street) to approve the request for a Certificate of Appropriateness. The vote was unanimous.

AYES: Cherny, Hasz, Maley, Martinez, Street

NOES: None

ABSENT: Chan, Damkroger, Dearman

Tape No.: 1b

ADJOURNMENT: 2:35 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sonya Banks,

Recording Secretary

ADOPTED: August 1, 2007

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