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City and County of San Francisco
October 03, 2007

FINAL ACTION MINUTES

OF THE

SAN FRANCISCO

LANDMARKS PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

CITY HALL

1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, ROOM 400

October 3, 2007

12:33 P.M. ROLL CALL

FOR FULL LANDMARKS BOARD CONSIDERATION

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Chan, Cherny, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez, Street

BOARD MEMBER(S) ABSENT: Dearman, Maley

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Mark Luellen, Preservation Coordinator; S. Perdue; S. Middlebrook; Sonya Banks, Commission Secretary; Marlena Byrne, City Attorney

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

REPORTS

1. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mark Luellen, Preservation Coordinator:

i The Landmark Designation for 1601 Larkin Street was heard by the Planning Commission on September 20th. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommended landmarking 1601 Larkin Street and will now forward the designation to the Board of Supervisors.

i The Board will be receiving a resolution initiating the designation of 690 Market Street (the Chronicle building) as a landmark and urging expedited consideration of the building's landmark status as well as a Mills Act contract associated with the buildings rehabilitation and restoration. This project was presented to the Landmark Board a few years ago but was not approved by the Board at that time. The project sponsors are now resending at the request of Supervisor Peskin.

2. PRESIDENT'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

None at this time.

3. MATTERS OF THE BOARD

Cherny

He requested to agendize resolutions honoring Charles Chase (Director, S.F. Heritage) and Neil Hart (Chief of NP, Planning Department) on their retirement. He requested staff to research the sculptures that were installed at the First Congregational Church (491 Post St. – Landmark # 177)

Damkroger

She informed the Landmarks Board that the Planning Commission voted unanimous to recommend the landmark designation of 1601 Larkin Street to the Board of Supervisors.

Street

She stated that she will research where the origin of the graffiti clause having to do with immediate removal and will draft a letter to the Mayor's office and/or the originator of the graffiti clause regarding her concern that graffiti may need to wait for removal from certain surfaces on historic resources. She requested to agendize approval of the draft graffiti letter. She requested an update to her question regarding appealing a categorical exemption. She asked if the planning department would know how many buildings survive from period 1880 to the earthquake. Does the Planning Department request environment review that will protect earthquake shacks?

Deputy City Attorney Marlena Byrne

She provided the Board with a confidential letter answering their question regarding appealing a categorical exemption.

Mark Luellen, Preservation Coordinator

He responded to Board Member Street's question regarding earthquake shacks: Earthquake shacks are considered to be historic resources if they retain integrity.

In response to Board Member Cherny's request regarding the First Congregational Church: The Academy of Art has been notified that they are in violation of the planning code. The project sponsor needs to apply to legalize the sculptures. Once a notice of violation has been issued no other building permits can be issued on the property until their violation has been cleared.

4. LANDMARKS WORK PROGRAM 2005-2007 UPDATE

Mark Luellen

The Planning Department has a new intern from San Jose State. The intern will be working with planning staff member Matt Weintraub on the Temple Emmanuel project and the Inner Mission survey.

  1. APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 5, 2007 DRAFT ACTION MINUTES

Speaker(s):

None

Board Action

The Landmarks Board approved the draft action minutes with the following changes under #3 (Matters of the Board: Johanna Street): from  quickly to  aggressively - from  fixtures to  surfaces – from  you to  one . The vote was unanimous.

AYES: Chan, Cherny, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez, Street

NOES: None

ABSENT: Dearman, Maley

APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 19, 2007 DRAFT ACTION MINUTES

Speaker(s):

None

Board Action

The Landmarks Board approved the draft action minutes. The vote was unanimous.

AYES: Chan, Cherny, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez, Street

NOES: None

ABSENT: Dearman, Maley

Tape No. 1a

6. (S. PERDUE: 415/558-6625)

55 LAGUNA STREET, San Francisco Normal School / San Francisco State Teacher's College, on two blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan, and Hermann Streets. Assessor's Block 0857, Lots 001 and 001a and Assessor's Block 0870, Lots 001, 002, and 003 - Request for Review and Comment to nominate the site to the National Register of Historic Places as part of San Francisco's role as a Certified Local Government. The campus is rated 3 in the Planning Department's Citywide Architectural Survey of 1976. The site is zoned P (Public Use) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Speaker(s)

Mark Paez,

Helene Whitson

Lavon Tabock

Cynthia Servetnick

Judith Hoyem

Peter Lewis

Steve Vettel

Board Comments

The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board recommends the nomination of 55 Laguna Street site to the National Register of Historic Places under criterion A. The nomination is being recommended under criterion A (for its history) but the Board believes that the nomination might also qualify under criterion B (for its association with Frederic Lister Burk as the founding President of San Francisco State Normal School) or criterion C (for its association as an example of Spanish Colonial Revival). As future research is conducted the Board believes that there may be additional areas of significance. A Board member requested clarification regarding the distinction between designating the buildings as a site or a district? A Board member asked if the Landmarks Board was bound to uphold the decision of the Board of Supervisors. The Landmarks Advisory Board at its regular meeting of April 18, 2007 recommended this site to the Planning Commission for landmark status for its contributing features.

Board Action

It was moved by Board Member Damkroger (seconded by Martinez) to recommend the nomination of 55 Laguna Street to the National Register of Historic Places under criterion A. As future research is conducted the Board believes that there may be additional areas of significance such as under criterion B. The Landmarks Advisory Board at its regular meeting of April 18, 2007 recommended this site to the Planning Commission for landmark status for its contributing features. The vote was unanimous.

AYES: Chan, Cherny, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez, Street

NOES: None

ABSENT: Dearman, Maley

Tape No. 1a and 1b

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS

7. 2007.0906A (S. PERDUE: 415/558-6625)

901 Van Ness Avenue, Earle C. Anthony Packard Showroom, west side between Olive and Ellis Streets. Assessor's Block 0719, Lot 002 – Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install carport bays on the roof for the purpose of supporting solar panel arrays. The Earle C. Anthony Packard Showroom is designated San Francisco Landmark No. 153 and is listed as contributory in the Van Ness Avenue Area Plan; it is zoned RC-4 (Residential Commercial) District and is in a 130-V Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

Speaker(s)

Peter Riley

Benjamin Liu

Board Action

It was moved by Board Member Martinez (seconded by Hasz) to approve the request for a Certificate of Appropriateness with the condition that the designer work with planning staff to improve the appearance of the structure. The motion passed 5-1.

AYES: Chan, Cherny, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez

NOES: Street

ABSENT: Dearman, Maley

  1. 2007.1106A (S. MIDDLEBROOK: 415/558-6372)

236 MONTEREY BOULEVARD, "SUNNYSIDE CONSERVATORY", Assessor's Block 6770; Lot 057. The subject property is local San Francisco Landmark Number 78, and is located within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk limit. The proposal is a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition as defined by Article 10 of the Planning Code and to improve access to the site. Work also includes providing a new retaining wall and fence along Monterey Boulevard, new gathering areas within the public park space, new service areas, restrooms, and event preparation within the existing storage area, and new ramps and railings in a reconfigured entry area.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

Speaker(s)

Paulina Araica

Andy Mahone

Edward Chen

Sally Ross

Board Action

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

AYES: Chan, Cherny, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez, Street

NOES: None

ABSENT: Dearman, Maley

Tape No. 1b and 2a

ADJOURNMENT: 3:25 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sonya Banks,

Recording Secretary

ADOPTED: 10/17/07

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