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March 15, 2001

March 15, 2001

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION




Minutes of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, March 15, 2001

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Anita Theoharis

Vice-President: William W. Fay

Commissioners: Roslyn Baltimore; Hector Chinchilla; Cynthia Joe;

Jim Salinas, Sr.

PRESENT: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Chinchilla, Joe, Salinas

STAFF PRESENT: Amith Ghosh – Acting Director of Planning; Larry Badiner – Zoning Administrator; Kelly, LeBLanc; Tina Tam; Adam Light; Steve Shotland; Jim Miller; Andrea Wong; Patricia Gerber – Transcription Secretary; Linda Avery – Commission Secretary

A. ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

1a. 2000.190BX (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

201 SECOND STREET - southeast corner of Second Street and Howard Street, Lot 97 in Assessor’s Block 3736. Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 for authorization to deduct up to 44,500 square feet of office space from the City’s Office Development Annual Limit. The proposal is for the construction of a 12-story, 160-foot-tall building with a total of approximately 60,000 gross square feet including up to 44,500 square feet of office space and approximately 7,700 square feet of retail and/or restaurant space. The project also includes a minimum of 1,020 square feet of open space. This project lies within a C-3-O(SD) (Downtown Office, Special Development) District and within the 350-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meetings of February 8, 2001 and March 8, 2001 and Re-noticed for March 15, 2001, because of change in project description- project added 2 stories and 9,500 square feet of office space by request of applicant).

(Proposed for continuance to April 5, 2001)

ACTION: Continued as proposed

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

1b. 2000.190BX (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

201 SECOND STREET - southeast corner of Second Street and Howard Street, Lot 97 in Assessor’s Block 3736. Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Code) for Determinations of Compliance and Exceptions, including an exception to the setback requirements of Section 132.1 of the Code for the construction of a 12-story, 160-foot-tall building with a total of approximately 60,000 gross square feet including up to 44,500 square feet of office space and approximately 7,700 square feet of retail and/or restaurant space. The project also includes a minimum of 1,020 square feet of open space. This project lies within a C-3-O(SD) (Downtown Office, Special Development) District and within the 350-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 8, 2001, and March 8, 2001 and Re-noticed for March 15, 2001, because of change in project description- project added 2 stories and 9,500 square feet of office space by request of applicant)

(Proposed for continuance to April 5, 2001)

ACTION: Continued as proposed

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

2a. 2000.863BV (WONG: 558-6381)

2712 MISSION STREET - west side, between 23rd and 24th Streets, Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 3643. The subject property seeks an authorization for a proposed office development under the smaller building reserve, pursuant to Planning Code Section 321. The proposal is for a change of use from "Retail" to "Office" and for the renovation and expansion of an existing 27,831 gross-square-foot building into a 30,847 gross-square-foot building by enlarging a mezzanine within the existing structure. The subject property falls within a NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Commercial District) Zoning District and a 50-X/80-B Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 22, 2001)

(Proposed for continuance to April 5, 2001)

ACTION: Continued as proposed

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

2b. 2000.863BV (WONG: 558-6381)

2712 MISSION STREET - west side, between 23rd and 24th Streets, lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 3643. The subject property seeks a parking variance for the reduction of required off-street parking, pursuant to Planning Code Section 151. The project proposes to provide five parking spaces for the conversion of 30,847 gross square feet of office space on a site, which presently provides no off-street parking spaces. The subject property falls within a NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Commercial District) Zoning District and a 50-X/80-B Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 22, 2001)

(Proposed for continuance to April 5, 2001)

ACTION: Continued as proposed

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

3. 2000.1033D (SMITH: 558-6322)

4328 20th STREET - Lot 016, in Assessor's Block 2697. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/08/01/6694 proposing to raise the existing building two feet to construct a new garage and rooms at the basement level and construct a two-story rear addition that projects 13'-6 beyond the existing rear building wall. The proposal also includes constructing two new decks at the rear of the addition, constructing a new dormer on the fourth floor, and infilling the walkway that leads to the service entry on the side of the building in an RH-3 (House, Three-Family) District; and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 15, 2001)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 19, 2001)

ACTION: Continued as proposed

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

4. Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of February 8 and 22, 2001.

ACTION: Approved as corrected

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

5.                Commission Matters

Baltimore: She would like to have on the calendar information on how to speed up housing online.

Salinas: - He is concerned about critical information getting to the media in a timely manner, especially regarding:

1) Lateness of the development fees;

2) Ongoing investigation of Potrero Hill (enforcement of live/work to office) Development Fees

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

6. Director's Announcements

-          American Planning Association Conference in New Orleans – gave an overall description

7. Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

-          Board of Supervisor's Housing, Land Use and Transportation Committee hearing on how to collect fees specifically for housing, childcare, etc.

D.                  REGULAR CALENDAR

8. 2001.0002 ET (SHOTLAND: 558-6308)

Amend Planning Code, adding Section 604.1, Requiring Information to be included on General Advertising Signs - Consideration of a proposal to amend the San Francisco Planning Code by adding Section 604.1. The amendment would require all general advertising signs to bear the name of the sign company, permit number, and permitted sign dimensions. (Board of Supervisors File No. 002196).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Dee Dee Workman, Executive Director, San Francisco Beautiful

-          This is the 3rd of three Planning Code amendments that have come before you.

-          This legislation is an attempt to (manage control) of the explosion of general advertising signs that we have seen in the City for the last several years--particularly those signs going up without a permit.

-          San Francisco Beautiful supports this action

-          This will make illegal signs much easier to identify

-          There is not enough enforcement

(-) Tony Chow

-          We should look at all sign ordinances altogther and find a solution

-          Asked the Commission to continue this issue

-          If the City cracks down on illegal signs, over 70 structures would be permanently removed from the City's landscape

-          Commended Supervisor Leon's effort, but this still needs further discussion

-          Committed to work with the City and address this issue, but requested that they be given a more reasonable time period to work out the details

(+) Jean McClatchy

-          Loves the City and the way it looks

-          There has been an over exposure of messages we do not need

-          Applauded Supervisor Leno for having the courage to do something about it

-          The time for the industry to ask for a continuance so they can think about it some more has passed.

-          Encouraged the Commission to pass this legislation

(-) Steve Chen, Director of Public Affairs for Infinity Outdoors

-          Why add a penalty of $1,000 per day to the already $500.00 per day in civil penalties and $500 per day in criminal fines that are contained in Section 176 of the Planning Code?

-          This legislation does not contain due process or a remedy for minor infractions.

(+) Robert McCarthy

-          Support the removal of illegal sings

-          Support the mechanism by which those signs can be identified and easily checked by the department to make sure that they are legal

-          Support the notion that all these renegade signs will be removed as soon as possible

-          Asked for a one week continuance

Supervisor Leno

-          This is a companion to a piece of legislation that this Commission already approved. We want to identify and fine those that are putting up illegal signs--both the company responsible and the building owner that allows it. To help this Department with enforcement, funds collected through these fines will be allocated to them. We think that by requiring companies to put this very basic information on their signs, we would be able to do it.

-          Some of the concerns voiced really only represent a very small percentage of what we are addressing here.

-          We need to move forward

-          Would like to see this legislation at the Board by the end of April

ACTION: Adopted

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

RESOLUTION NO: 16112

9a. 2000.539BCX (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

500 PINE STREET - northwest corner at Kearny Street, Lots 4-9 in Assessor’s Block 258. Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 for authorization to deduct up to 44,450 square feet of office space from the City’s Office Development Annual Limit. The proposal is for the construction of a five-story, 65-foot tall building with a total of approximately 69,390 gross square feet including up to 44,450 square feet of office space, approximately 5,720 square feet of ground floor retail space and approximately 8,650 square feet of parking (17 independently accessible spaces or 29 operated on a tandem/valet basis), plus approximately 1000 square feet of open space. The site is currently vacant except for two billboards that will be removed. No parking or loading spaces are required. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown Office) District and a 300-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Bob McCarthy

-          This project is way overdue

-          It is located in Saint Mary's Square Park

-          This might be San Francisco's most prominent excavation site

-          Before someone gets the idea that perhaps the best thing to do with it is to landmark it, we are going to put something useful here.

-          The housing contribution is over half a million dollars

-          The transportation contribution is over a quarter of a million dollars

-          200 new jobs would be created with this project

(+) Jeff Heller – project architect

-          Gave an overall description of the project

(+) Dee Workman

-          It is her understanding that when this project goes up, there will be two long independently standing billboards that are going to come down. She supports that.

(+) Debra Stein

-          There are not many people who believe that perpetuation of status quote is a better alternative than this project

-          She supports the project

(+) Stan Warren, Represents San Francisco Building and Construction Trade Council

-          Supports the project

-          Job are going to be created

(+) Carrol Gilbert

-          She is a tenant in the building next door

-          Has worked her entire adult life in that building

-          She would be very grateful to see that hole go away

(+) Sandy Smilloni, Property Manager at 601 Kearny Street

-          Her only concern is that the Shorestein Company look at the water tower location that will be adjacent to 601 California

-          During the Saint Mary's retrofit project, we received a lot of fumes that resulted in a lot of indoor air quality issues

(+) Ken Cleveland

-          This project will benefit the entire city of San Francisco

ACTION: Approved as amended:

Revisions to the Motions and conditions of approval, including a requirement that the Project open space be open to the public from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Sunday, at a minimum.

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16113

9b. 2000.539BCX (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

500 PINE STREET - northwest corner at Kearny Street, Lots 4-9 in Assessor’s Block 258. Request under Planning Code Sections 303, 204.5 and 157 for conditional use authorization for off-street parking spaces in excess of the amount allowed as accessory. The proposal is for the construction of a five-story, 65-foot tall building with a total of approximately 69,390 gross square feet including up to 44,450 square feet of office space, approximately 5,720 square feet of ground floor retail space and approximately 8,650 square feet of parking (17 independently accessible spaces or 29 operated on a tandem/valet basis), plus approximately 1000 square feet of open space. The Code allows a maximum of 15 parking spaces as accessory. The site is currently vacant except for two billboards that will be removed. No parking or loading spaces are required. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown Office) District and a 300-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed for item 9a.

ACTION: Approved with conditions

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16114

9c. 2000.539BCX (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

500 PINE STREET - northwest corner at Kearny Street, Lots 4-9 in Assessor’s Block 258. Request under Planning Code Section 309 for determinations of compliance. The proposal is for the construction of a five-story, 65-foot tall building with a total of approximately 69,390 gross square feet including up to 44,450 square feet of office space, approximately 5,720 square feet of ground floor retail space and approximately 8,650 square feet of parking (17 independently accessible spaces or 29 operated on a tandem/valet basis), plus approximately 1000 square feet of open space. The Project does not require any exceptions to Section 309. The site is currently vacant except for two billboards that will be removed. No parking or loading spaces are required. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown Office) District and a 300-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed for item 9a

ACTION: Approved with conditions

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16115

10. 2000.1108C (TAM: 558-6325)

3995 ALEMANY BOULEVARD - south of Alemany Boulevard, between Worchester Street and St. Charles Avenue, Lots 3 in Assessor’s Block 7126A. Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 713.21, 713.27, and 121.2 for the proposed establishment of a fitness center (Bally Fitness), approximately 25,792 square feet in size, operating between 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, in an NC-S (Neighborhood Commercial-Shopping Center) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 15, 2001)

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Steve Vettel, representative of Project Sponsor

- Presented some letters of support

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16116

11a. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the southeast corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327. Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Code) for

Determination of Compliance and Exceptions, including an exception for the off-street freight loading requirement (Section 132.1(c)), an exception to the sunlight access requirement (Section 146), a height exception in the 80-130-F height and bulk district (Section 263.8), and a bulk exception (Section 272), in a C-3-R (Downtown Retail) zoning district and a 80-130-F height and bulk district. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven-story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The expanded building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 1, 2001)

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Steve Atkinson

-          Thanked Planning Department staff

-          Expressed his appreciation to San Francisco Heritage

-          This project is a sensitive urban infill project in a transit friendly location that merits full Commission support

-          The project provides numerous benefits to the City

-          It was seismically rehabilitated and preserved its category rating.

-          This is an outstanding urban design, which successfully integrates the restored 150 Powell Street building with the new construction while respecting the surrounding district with respect of height, appearance and scale.

-          It also provides two and half floors of high quality retail space--which substantially increases the amount of retail space on site.

-          Provides expanded office space on the upper floors, which are not suitable for retail.

-          Will promote numerous objectives of the General Plan and will pay substantial impact fees and taxes

-          Will be contracting with 100% union labor

(+) John McNulty, MBA Architects

-          This is a wonderful project for the city of San Francisco

-          Gave an architectural explanation about the project

(+) LiAnn Matchie, Executive Director, Union Square Business Improvement District

-          Supports this project

(+) Ronald Thompson

-          Supports the project

-          Will create a lot of jobs for disadvantaged people in the City

(+) Keneth Cleavland, representing Building Owners, Managers Association

-          This is a first class project in a difficult location. It will be a plus for downtown

(+) Jorge Castillo

-          Supports the project

-          This project will bring a lot of business and jobs to the people of San Francisco

(+) Richard Futto, South Bay Construction

-          Supports the project

(+) Carolyn, Current Property Manager for the building

-          Lived there for 10 years

-          This has been a long awaited and anticipated project. She is very anxious for this to happen

(-) Steve Williams

-          No doubt that this project has a lots fine characteristics and merits

-          In his opinion, it does not fit within the spirit of this conservation district

-          It is important we pay attention to the rules that applies in a conservation district

-          This project does not protect the architectural characteristics of the O'Farrell block face

(-) Craig Albert

-          Stated two concerns that 165 O'Farrel Street has in relation to this new project on the corner of O'Farrel and Powell:

-          1. Property line windows (there are about 28 windows)

-          Applicant is proposing to cover all windows. There has not been an effort to work together with tenants

-          Request that the Planning Commission require a setback to preserve the windows

-          2. Applicant is requesting a variance on the freight loading, which has been placed directly adjacent to the property at 165 O'Farrel Street

-          This will a negative impact on the future potential of this property

(-) Sue Hestor

-          Gave a list of pending projects. She stated that the amount of available square footage for allocation is not as great as the number of projects that are pending.

-          Commission should start looking at things competitively in this small building allocation rather than have a potential crisis.

-          Number of hearings used on the Downtown Plan where significant. There is a difference between C-3-O and C-3-R

-          Sunlight is a great concern. If the streets are not sunny, it is not a pedestrian experience--especially for tourists that come here in Summer

ACTION: Approved as amended:

The Project Sponsor and the Project architect shall continue to work on design development with the Planning Department staff to develop further and to refine the design of the proposed project in terms of facade design and massing, with particular attention given to the fenestration pattern and materials on the eastern-most tower portion of the O’Farrell Street facade

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16117

11b. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the southeast corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327 -- Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for a 7-story, 122-foot tall building with up to 70,000 gross square feet office space, approximately 40,000 square feet of which would be net new office space, and approximately 41,000 square feet of retail space, in a C-3-R (Downtown Retail) zoning district and a 80-130-F height and bulk district. Pursuant to Planning Code Section 313, the Department has determined that the project would result in the net addition of approximately 40,000 square feet of gross floor area office use, requiring compliance with the Office of Affordable Housing Production Program. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The expanded building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 1, 2001)

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed in item 11a.

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16118

11c. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327. Request under Planning Code Section 219(c) for a Conditional Use authorization for office uses in a C-3-R zoning district and a 80-130-F height and bulk district. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven-story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 1, 2001)

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed in item 11a

ACTION: Approved as amended:

The Project Sponsor and the Project architect shall continue to work on design development with the Planning Department staff to develop further and to refine the design of the proposed project in terms of facade design and massing, with particular attention given to the fenestration pattern and materials on the eastern-most tower portion of the O’Farrell Street facade

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16119

11d. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the southeast corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327. Request under Section 1111.6 for a Permit to Alter for major alterations to a Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven-story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 1, 2001)

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed in item 11a.

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16120

12a. 2000.1172CV (MILLER: 558-6344)

665 BUSH STREET - south side between Powell Street and Chelsea Place, with additional frontage on Anson Place, Lots 11 and 12 in Assessor's Block 285 ‑‑ Request for authorization of a Conditional Use for modification of an earlier Conditional Use authorization for a hotel (Orchard Hotel) (Motion No. 11619, Case No. 1986.346VC) for Conversion of eight off-street Parking Spaces to storage, also the subject of Variance Application No. 2000.1172CV (for elimination of the eight parking spaces which are Code‑required), within an RC‑4 (Residential‑Commercial Combined, High Density) District and an 80‑130‑F Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Ahmad, Representing Orchard Hotel

-          Project was before the Commission a long time ago

-          If Commission does not approve this project this time we will have more problems, such as fire safety.

-          Fire trucks would not be able to enter in case of a fire

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Joe, Salinas

ABSENT: Chinchilla

MOTION NO: 16121

12b. 2000.1172CV (MILLER: 558-6344)

665 BUSH STREET - south side between Powell Street and Chelsea Place, with additional frontage on Anson Place, Lots 11 and 12 in Assessor's Block 285 ‑‑ within an RC‑4 (Residential‑Commercial Combined, High Density) District and an 80‑130‑F Height and Bulk District. Off-Street Parking Variance Sought: The proposal is to convert eight existing off‑street parking spaces to storage space in conjunction with a 123‑room tourist hotel with up to 1,800 gross square feet of ground‑floor restaurant / bar space (the Orchard Hotel and "V" Restaurant)

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed for item 12b.

ACTION: ZONING ADMINISTRATOR CLOSED PUBLIC HEARING AND STATED

THAT HE WOULD GRANT THE VARIANCE.

13a. 1999.795BCD (WONG: 558-6381)

177 TOWNSEND STREET - south side, being a through lot to King Street, between Second and Third Streets; Lots 004 and 007 in Assessor’s block 3794. Request under Planning Code Section 321 for authorization to construct up to 46,775 gross square feet of office use. This notice serves as public notification of the Planning Department’s initial determination of the net addition of gross square feet of office space, pursuant to Planning Code Section 313.4. The subject property falls within an M-2/MUHZ (Heavy Industrial and Mixed Use Housing Zone) Zoning District and a 105-F Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to demolish two existing one-story warehouse buildings and to construct a new mixed-use building containing 62 dwelling units, approximately 29,275 gross square feet of ground floor retail space, approximately 46,775 gross square feet of office space and approximately 425 parking spaces on a 42,969 square foot site; approximately 211 of those parking spaces are considered required parking. The building would contain a total of approximately 342,449 gross square feet of space, including the residential uses, and would be approximately 105 feet in height. Parking and loading will be accessed from Townsend Street.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Bob McCarthy

-          Project is right across from the new ballpark and adjacent to two projects approved by the Commission. Rosenberg's project is at 169 King

-          It is consistent with the bulk and heights of two near buildings

-          It is consistent with N-2 zoning, and is consistent with the proposed SCO which has not yet been passed

-          Gave a description of the project

-          One of the major concerns of this Commission has been housing. This project creates affordable housing. It also creates nearly 4 times the amount of required open

-          There will be retail/office space on King and Townsend

-          This project will benefit everybody in the neighborhood

(+) Bob Mose, Head of Project Team

-          For over 30 years his company has completed projects in key areas around the City–such as the one at King and Townsend

-          This project would contribute to the Ball Park neighborhood

(+) Andreas Skreske, Project Architect

-          This project is a very important project, not only for what it has to offer the community and the neighborhood, but also for where it is located and who his neighbors are.

(+) David Collins, AMCO System Parking

-          His company intends to manage the parking garage

-          Urged the Commission to support the project

(+) Ken Cleavland, representing, Building Managers and Owners Association

-          Supports the project because it is obviously a high quality mixed use project in a perfect location

-          Good project that brings parking to the South of Market that has been lost to new developments

(+) John Taltee

-          Owns property to the south of the proposed project

-          Property owner consulted with him in regard to the design of this building

-          Proposed building fits within the neighborhood

(-) Sue Hestor

-          Referred to a letter sent to the Commission protesting the fact that this project is calendared as 177 Townsend Street. That address has never appeared as the address of this project. It has been called King-Townsend through the entire process.

-          The Department needs to be consistent in how it labels projects

-          Housing components seems to be more of what we have lots of--lofts.

-          The Planning Commission has the obligation of determining if this is housing

-          These are no family homes. These are corporate lofts.

ACTION: Approved as amended

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Chinchilla, Joe, Salinas

MOTION NO: 16122

13b. 1999.795BCD (WONG: 558-6381)

177 TOWNSEND STREET - south side, being a through lot to King Street, between Second and Third Streets; Lots 004 and 007 in Assessor’s block 3794. Request for Conditional Use Authorization for the creation of 62 dwelling units, under Planning Code Section 215 (a); a bulk exception for that portion of the proposed project that exceeds 80’ in height, under Planning Code Section 271; and for a Planned Unit Development, under Planning Code Section 304, which includes the following two exceptions: (i) the elimination of the required 25% of lot depth rear yard setback for the residential use, under Planning Code Section 134 (a) (1) and (ii) the substitution of two service vehicle spaces for one required off-street freight and loading space.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed for item 13a

ACTION: Approved as amended

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Chinchilla, Joe, Salinas

MOTION NO: 16122

13c. 1999.795BCD (WONG: 558-6381)

177 TOWNSEND STREET - south side, being a through lot to King Street, between Second and Third Streets; Lots 004 and 007 in Assessor’s block 3794. Staff-initiated Discretionary Review for projects that do not meet the more restrictive provisions of the proposed South End permanent controls. The parking requirement under the M-2 zoning district is 1 parking space per 500 square feet of occupied office space (84 spaces for 42,098 square feet of occupied floor area). The parking requirement under the proposed South End controls would be 1 space per 750 square feet of office space (56 spaces). The project proposes a parking facility of approximately 425 off-street parking spaces, of which 211 spaces are considered required parking. Where a conditional use would be required for parking exceeding accessory amounts under the proposed controls, a Discretionary Review is mandated.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review

SPEAKER(S): Same as listed for item 13a

ACTION: Approved as amended

AYES: Theoharis, Fay, Baltimore, Chinchilla, Joe, Salinas

MOTION NO: 16122

At Approximately 4:00 PM the Planning Commission convened into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing to hear and act on Discretionary Review matters.

14. 2000.813D (MILLER: 58‑6344)

800 POWELL STREET (AKA 105 MILES STREET) ‑ east side, north of California Street between Powell and Stockton Streets, Lot 54 in Assessor’s Block 243 ( University Club , aka 800 Powell Street) ‑‑ Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000‑06‑21‑3244S proposing to construct a one‑story addition to an existing sports facility in conjunction with the adjacent University Club (800 Powell Street), pursuant to a Conditional Use authorized on August 20, 1998, by Planning Commission Motion No. 14681 (Case No. 1997.358C). The addition would accommodate squash courts, an exercise and fitness center, as well as shower and locker facilities. This property is within an RM‑4 (Mixed Residential, High Density) District, the Nob Hill Special Use District, and a 65‑A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 1, 2001)

SPEAKERS: None

ACTION: COMMISSION DETERMINED THAT THIS MATTER WAS NOT

PROPERLY BEFORE THEM

15. 2000.1159D (WANG: 558-6335)

67 PRAGUE STREET - southeast side on the north of Brazil Avenue and adjacent to McLaren Park at rear; Lot 017 in Assessor's Block 6025. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/06/02/1648. The proposal is to construct a two-story rear addition and a partial third floor vertical addition, at the existing one-story over garage, single-family dwelling, in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as revised.

DISCRETIONARY REVIEW WITHDRAWN

F. 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 with one exception. When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar. 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))

SPEAKER(S):
Tim Tostas

Re: 105 Miles Street (University Club)

Rev. Arnold Thompson

Re: 105 Miles Street (University Club)

Deborah Blackburn

Re: 105 Miles Street (University Club)

Adjournment: 5:00 p.m.

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