Historic Preservation Commission - January 18, 2017 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
January 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
Location: 
United States

SAN FRANCISCO
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

 

Notice of Hearing
&
Agenda

Commission Chambers Room 400,
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Regular Hearing

 

Commissioners
Andrew Wolfram, President
Aaron Hyland, Vice President
Karl Hasz, Ellen Johnck, Richard S.E. Johns, Diane Matsuda, Jonathan Pearlman

Commission Secretary
Jonas P. Ionin

Hearing Materials are available at:
Website: http://www.sfplanning.org
Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, Suite 400
Planning Information Center, 1660 Mission Street, 1st Floor
Voice recorded Agenda, only: (415) 558-6320

Commission Hearing Broadcasts:
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Hearing Procedures

 

ROLL CALL

President: Andrew Wolfram
Vice-President: Aaron Hyland
Commissioners: Karl Hasz, Ellen Johnck, Richard S.E. Johns, Diane Matsuda, Jonathan Pearlman


A. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment.  In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:

(1)  responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or
(2)  requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or
(3)  directing staff to place the item on a future agenda.  (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

B. DEPARTMENT MATTERS

1. Director’s Announcements

2. Review of Past Events at the Planning Commission, Staff Report and Announcements

C. COMMISSION MATTERS

3. President’s Report and Announcements

4. Consideration of Adoption:

Adoption of Commission Minutes – Charter Section 4.104 requires all commissioners to vote yes or no on all matters unless that commissioner is excused by a vote of the Commission.  Commissioners may not be automatically excluded from a vote on the minutes because they did not attend the meeting.

5. Commission Comments & Questions

  • Disclosures.
  • Inquiries/Announcements.  Without discussion, at this time Commissioners may make announcements or inquiries of staff regarding various matters of interest to the Commissioner(s).
  • Future Meetings/Agendas.  At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Historic Preservation Commission.

6. Election of Officers: In accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission, the President and Vice President of the Commission shall be elected at the first Regular Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission held after the first day of January each year; or at a subsequent Meeting, the date of which is fixed by the Historic Preservation Commission at the first Regular Meeting after the First day of January each year or at a subsequent meeting.

D. REGULAR CALENDAR 

7. 2016-013035PCA                                          (D. SANCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)
EXEMPTING CERTAIN HISTORIC LANDMARKS FROM NOVEMBER 2016 BALLOT MEASURE REQUIRING CUA TO REPLACE PDR, INSTITUTIONAL COMMUNITY, AND ARTS ACTIVITIES USES [BOARD FILE 161014]Planning Code Amendment - Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Kim amending Planning Code Section 202.8, included in the November 8, 2016, General Election as Proposition X, to exempt certain designated historic landmarks from obtaining conditional use authorization to remove certain Production, Distribution, and Repair, Institutional Community, and Arts Activities Uses, and providing replace space for such uses; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.
Preliminary Recommendation:  Review and Comment

8. 2016-011052DES                                          (S. FERGUSON: (415) 575-9074)
1970 OCEAN AVENUE – north side of Ocean Avenue, Assessor’s Block 3280, Lot 018 (District 7) - Consideration to Initiate Landmark Designation of the former El Rey Theater as an individual Article 10 Landmark pursuant to Section 1004.1 of the Planning Code. The El Rey Theater is architecturally significant as one of the only remaining movie theaters originally designed in the Art Deco style by master architect Timothy Pflueger. 1970 Ocean Avenue is located in a NCT- Ocean Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Transit zoning district and a 45-X Height and Bulk district.
(Continued from the Regular hearing of December 7, 2016)
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve

9. 2015-009899PTA                                          (J. VIMR: (415) 575-9109)
246 1ST STREET – west side between Tehama and Clementina streets, Assessor’s Block 3736, Lot 006 (District 9) – Request for Major Permit to Alter for the replacement of the existing mezzanine; replacement of a roll-up door and louvered panels at the north loading dock with infill glazing; installation of a new elevator penthouse and roof deck; and seismic upgrades including the installation of new window openings and windows at the currently blank south façade. It is also requested that the HPC make a finding for the project pursuant to Section 128(c)(2) of the Planning Code. Constructed in 1929, the Phillips and Van Orden Building is an individually designated Category I (Significant) building located in a C-3-O(SD)- Downtown Office (Special Development) zoning district and a 200-S Height and Bulk district.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

10. 2016-009110COA                                              (S. CALTAGIRONE: (415) 558-6625)
60 CARMELITA STREET – east side between Waller Street and Duboce Park; Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 0864 in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District (District 6) – Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to install a garage opening at the ground floor level of the front façade. The work would include creating a new 7’-wide curb cut; creating a 10’-wide driveway; modifying the existing concrete fence pillars and installing planters along the driveway; removing three (3) basement level windows; and installing a new 8’-wide wood-paneled garage door with 12 upper lites. The subject property is a contributor to the Duboce Park Landmark District designated in Article 10 of the Planning Code.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve

11a. 2017-000093LBR                                          (D. SMITH: (415) 575-9093)
FORT MASON CENTER, 2 MARINA BOULEVARD, BLDG D – located in Fort Mason, Building D. Assessor’s Block 0409, Lot 002 (District 2). Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending Small Business Commission approval of a Legacy Business application. Flax Art & Design is a third generation family-owned art supply store that has served San Francisco since 1938. The Legacy Business Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses that are valuable cultural assets to the City. In addition, the City intends that the Registry be a tool for providing educational and promotional assistance to Legacy Businesses to encourage their continued viability and success. The subject business is within a P (Public) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt a Recommendation for Approval

11b. 2017-000147LBR                                         (D. SMITH: (415) 575-9093)
1301 HOWARD STREET – south side of Howard Street at the corner of 9th Street. Assessor’s Block 3518, Lot 001 (District 6). Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending Small Business Commission approval of a Legacy Business application. Established in 1986, Rolo San Francisco, Inc. (“Rolo”) is a local, independent retail establishment selling high-end menswear and unisex fashion in the South of Market and Castro neighborhoods. The Legacy Business Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses that are valuable cultural assets to the City. In addition, the City intends that the Registry be a tool for providing educational and promotional assistance to Legacy Businesses to encourage their continued viability and success. The subject business is within the RCD (Regional Commercial) Zoning District and 55-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt a Recommendation for Approval

11c. 2017-000144LBR                                         (D. SMITH: (415) 575-9093)
2140 POLK STREET – east side of Polk Street between Vallejo Street and Broadway. Assessor’s Block 0572, Lot 018A (District 3). Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending Small Business Commission approval of a Legacy Business application. Established in 1959, Real Food Company is a natural foods store serving the Russian Hill neighborhood. The Legacy Business Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses that are valuable cultural assets to the City. In addition, the City intends that the Registry be a tool for providing educational and promotional assistance to Legacy Businesses to encourage their continued viability and success. The subject business is within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial (NCD) Zoning District and 65-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt a Recommendation for Approval

12. 2014-001204CWP                                            (S. CALTAGIRONE: (415) 558-6625)
STREET LIGHT ALTERNATIVE DESIGN FOR VAN NESS AVENUEInformational Presentation by SFMTA. The existing light and trolley poles on Van Ness Avenue will be removed and replaced as part of the Van Ness Improvement Project. During the Detail Design phase of the project, a modern trolley/light pole was designed and approved for use on Van Ness Avenue by Caltrans, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission (Motion No. 0268). On September 20, 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution urging the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to make all efforts to preserve the historic character of the Van Ness Corridor through reuse as well as replication of the Van Ness Avenue streetlamps. This presentation is an overview of the efforts made to date and next steps planned by the Project Sponsor in response to the resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; consideration of the existing trolley/light poles with regard to their history, historic value and existing condition; and design considerations for replacement pole design.
Preliminary Recommendation: None – Informational

13. 2016-006104COA                                                              (S. CALTAGIRONE: (415) 558-6625)
VAN NESS BRT PROJECT – Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to approve the proposed design of the McAllister Station Bus Shelters and the proposed treatment for four historic trolley poles – two in front of City Hall and two in front of War Memorial Court. The Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is proposed between Mission and Lombard Streets. A portion of the alignment between Golden Gate Avenue and Fell Street falls within the Civic Center Landmark District. The BRT project would convert two center traffic lanes of Van Ness Avenue to dedicated transit lanes. The majority of proposed new features within the district were approved by the Historic Preservation Commission on November 18, 2015 (HPC Motion No. 0268).
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

14. 2015-015152CUA                                      (R. SUCRE: (415) 575-9108)
1076 HOWARD STREET – located on the north side of Howard Street between 7th and Russ Streets, Assessor’s Block 3726, Lot 026 (District 6).  Request for Review and Comment, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, 803.9(b), 813.48, and 840.65, on the proposed exterior alterations and change in use of 14,643 square feet from PDR to office use. The subject property has been determined to be individually-eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources, and is also a contributor to the eligible Western SoMa Light Industrial and Residential Historic District. The subject property is located within the RED (Residential Enclave) and MUG (Mixed-Use General) Zoning Districts and 45-X & 85-X Height/Bulk Limit Districts. 
Preliminary Recommendation: Review and Comment

15. 2011.1356E                                   (M. JACINTO: (415) 575-9033)
CENTRAL SOMA PLAN – The proposed project is a comprehensive plan for a 230-acre, 17-block portion of the city’s South of Market neighborhood bounded by Second Street on the east, Sixth Street on the west, Townsend Street on the south, and an irregular border that generally follows Folsom, Howard and Stevenson Streets to the north. The proposal is the draft Central SoMa Plan, published in August 2016, which seeks to encourage and accommodate housing and employment growth within the Plan Area by: (1) amending land use districts to support mixed-use and office development in portions of the Plan Area; (2) amending existing height and bulk districts to permit greater densities than currently allowed; (3) modifying street and circulation patterns within, adjacent and beyond the Plan Area on streets including Folsom, Howard, Harrison, Bryant, Brannan, Third and Fourth Street; and (4) establishing new, and improving existing, open spaces. The Draft EIR prepared in connection to the Central SoMa Plan finds significant impacts to individually identified historic architectural resources and/or contributors to historic or conservation district(s) located in the Plan Area, including as-yet unidentified resources. Mitigation measures have been identified that would reduce, but not avoid substantial adverse changes in the significance of a historical resource(s) as defined in CEQA Guidelines Section 15064.5.
The Historic Preservation Commission will discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to frame their written comments on the adequacy of the DEIR, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Preliminary Recommendation: Review and Comment

16. 2011.1356MTZ                                  (S. WERTHEIM: (415) 558-6612)
CENTRAL SOMA PLANInformational Presentation to update the Historic Preservation Commission on the proposed Central SoMa Plan and accompanying Implementation Strategy.  The Draft Plan was published on Planning’s website in August 2016. The Draft Environmental Impact Report on the proposed plan was published in December 2016. For more information, go to http://centralsoma.sfplanning.org.
Preliminary Recommendation: None – Informational

17.                                                                (S. PARKS: (415) 575-9101)
LANDMARK DESIGNATION WORK PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT – Discussion of the HPC’s Landmark Designation Work Program, prioritization and status of pipeline projects.
Preliminary Recommendation: None – Informational

ADJOURNMENT