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City and County of San Francisco




Notice of

Meeting and Calendar


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

        Wednesday, March 16, 2011


12:30 P.M.


Regular Meeting



Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

Andrew Wolfram, Richard Johns


John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Kelley Amdur, Director of Neighborhood Planning

Tim Frye, Acting Preservation Coordinator

Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary



Historic Preservation Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at

or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6320

Case reports and relevant materials are linked to the items on calendar at the above web site.


A digital recording of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting is available on the internet at 24 hours after the hearing.






Time:       12:30 P.M.


ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                       Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:               Courtney Damkroger

                        Commissioners:                                   Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Alan W. Martinez

                                                                                      Diane Matsuda

                                                                                      Andrew Wolfram

                                                                                      Richard Johns





At this time, members of the public may address the Historic Preservation Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission except agenda items.  Public comment will be taken on each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.  If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting. 

The Brown Act forbids a commission or board 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, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:   


(1) briefly 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).).




1.      Update on the appeal of the September 1, 2010 denial of the Certificate of Appropriateness at 280 Divisadero Street, CASE NO. 2008.0312A.

                                                                                                       (Tim Frye: 415/575-6822)


2.      Quarterly Report: Landmark Designation Work Program FY 2011-2011

                                                                                                       (Tim Frye: 415/575-6822)




3.         President’s Report and Announcements


4.         Consideration of Adoption:

              a.        Draft minutes of Hearing of February 16, 2011

              b.        Draft minutes of Hearing of March 2, 2011


5.         Disclosures


6.         Commissioner Comments/Questions                                                                      




7.         2010.0009A                                                               (S. Caltagiorne: 415/558-6625)

940 GROVE STREET, north side between Steiner and Fillmore Streets. Assessor’s Block 0798, Lot 010. Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to rehabilitate the single-family residence at the southern end of the lot; demolish the contemporary school buildings located at the northern end of the lot; construct three (3) single-family buildings at the northern end of the lot; and subdivide the lot to create four (4) individual lots. The project would result in the addition of 21,066 square feet of residential use to the existing 9,769 square feet of institutional use, resulting in 30,835 square feet of residential space. The subject property is a contributing building within the Alamo Square Historic District. The property is zoned RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


8.         2011.0103A                                                                    (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

201 VAN NESS AVENUE (aka 270-290 HAYES STREET), block bounded by Hayes, Grove, and Franklin Streets and Van Ness Avenue, Assessor’s Block 0810, Lot 001.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install new signs on the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The subject property is a non-contributing structure to the Civic Center Historic District and is located within a P (Public) Zoning district and a 96-S/130-G Height and Bulk district. Per Section 605 of the Planning Code, the project also requires approval by the Planning Commission and will be heard at a regularly scheduled future hearing.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval


9.         2010.1072A                                                                        (R. Sucre: 415/575-9108)

937 VALENCIA STREET, east side of street between 20th and 21st Streets, Assessor’s 3609, Lot 036.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the existing garage door and main entry staircase, and relocate the secondary stair.  The subject property is a contributing resource to the Liberty-Hill Historic District and is located within the Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District with a 50-X Height and Bulk limit.

(Continued from 2/16/11 hearing)

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions


10.       2010.1139A                                                                        (R. Sucre: 415/575-9108)

1067 TENNESSEE STREET, east side of street between 20th and 22nd Streets, Assessor’s 4108, Lot 010.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for rear façade alterations, installation of new skylight and repainting/cleaning of the primary street facade.  The subject property is a contributing resource to the Dogpatch Historic District and is located within the RH-3 Zoning District with a 40-X Height and Bulk limit.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions


11.       2009.0418E                                                                   (C. Fordham: 415/575.9071)

PIER 36/BRANNAN STREET PROJECT - east side of The Embarcadero, in proximity to the intersections of Brannan and Townsend Streets (Lots 034,036 in Assessor’s Block 9900). Commission Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the proposed demolition of the existing Pier 36, including 133,000 square feet (sq.ft) of pile-supported concrete and wooden decks and piles, the 35,000 sq. ft. Pier 36 warehouse building, and approximately 18,800 sq.ft. of marginal wharf which runs between Piers 30-32 and Pier 38, and construction of a new approximately 57,000 sq.ft. open space park. The proposed open space, “the Brannan Street Wharf”, would be approximately 830 feet long, and would vary in width from 10 feet to 140 feet. The construction of the proposed Brannan Street Wharf would require driving 269 new piles and reinforcing the adjacent seawall. The project site is located in a M-2 (Heavy Industrial) Zoning District and 40-X height and bulk district.


This public hearing is intended to assist the Commission in its preparation of comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Comments made by members of the public at this hearing will not be considered comments on the DEIR and may not be responded to in the Final EIR (FEIR).  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIR on September 2, 2010.  Written comments on the DEIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m., September 7, 2010.


Preliminary Recommendation: The Commission may direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission.






NOTE:  For information on the next Historic Preservation Commission Calendar, please call 558-6320 on Fridays (before the scheduled hearing) after 5:00 p.m. for a recorded message.


NOTE:  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.   


NOTE:  Speaker Cards will be available at all hearings.  For your convenience, they may be picked up in advance of the hearing from the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400.


NOTE:  For information related to Historic Preservation Commission matters, please email Historic Preservation Commission Secretary,


NOTE:  Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness, Permit to Alter, Landmark or Historic District designation, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Historic Preservation Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.


NOTE:  Material submitted by the public for Historic Preservation Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing, should be received at the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday (eight (8) days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the Commission at the above listed address.  Comments received by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission at the public hearing.  Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution.  For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/ correspondence files, submit an original and 14 copies.


NOTE:  If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Historic Preservation Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor during normal office hours.



Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision:  The ringing of and use of cells phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Prohibiting the use of cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).



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Note: Each item on the Architectural Design Review and/or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

1) Planning Department Case Report

2) Draft Motion with Findings and/or Conditions

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor Reception.

Last updated: 3/10/2011 3:45:04 PM