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Notice of

Meeting and Calendar


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

                         Wednesday, November 16, 2011





Regular Meeting


Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

Richard Johns, Andrew Wolfram


John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Kelley Amdur, Director of Current Planning

Timothy Frye, Preservation Coordinator

Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary



Historic Preservation Commission Agendas are available on the Internet at

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


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






11:30 A.M.




ROLL CALL:               Committee Member:               Karl Hasz

                                    Committee Member:               Alan Martinez

                                    Committee Members:             Andrew Wolfram

                                    Committee Ex-Officio:                        Charles Chase


1.         2005.0233C                                                                                      (T. Frye: 415/575-6822)

49 JULIAN AVENUE, adjacent to Landmark No. 108, the Mission Armory, east side of Julian Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, in Assessor’s Block 3547, Lot 032   Request for Review and Comment before the Architectural Review Committee regarding the proposal to construct a new approximately 10,500-square foot, 50-foot tall, five-story residential building containing eight dwelling units and eight ground floor parking spaces.




12:30 P.M.


ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                       Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:               Courtney Damkroger

                        Commissioners:                                   Richard Johns

                                                                                      Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Alan W. Martinez

                                                                                      Diane Matsuda

                                                                                      Andrew Wolfram



The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date.  The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.


1.         2011.0651A                                                        (S. CALTAGIRONE: 415/558-6625)

1109-1121 GEARY STREET – south side between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street; Lot 018 in Assessor’s Block 0714 – Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to legalize an existing roof deck located at the second floor level at the rear of the subject apartment building. The subject property is Landmark No. 71 and is located within a NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial Shopping Center District) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval

(Proposed for Continuance to December 7, 2011)



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).).





2.         President’s Report and Announcements


3.         Consideration of Adoption:

              a.        Draft minutes of Hearing of November 2, 2011


4.         Disclosures

[On August 17, 2011, at a public hearing on its Rules and Regulations, the HPC approved continuing its practice of allowing Ex Parte Communications with required disclosure.] 


5.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions



6.         2011.0926H                                                                (P. LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

1355 MARKET STREET (aka 1301-1363 MARKET STREET), south side of Market between 9th and 10th Streets, in Assessor’s Block 3508, Lot 001.  Request for a Permit to Alter to demolish the 9th floor addition (added in 1941) on the western portion of the building, to construct a new mechanical room on roof, and to install a roof deck with amenities including benches, planter boxes, and a green wall.  New openings for access to the roof deck would be made in the newly exposed west elevation of central tower portion of the building.  The subject building, historically known as the Western Furniture Exchange & Merchandise Mart, is a Category I (Significant) Building in the C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and the 120-X-200-S Height and Bulk District.

Recommendation: Approval


7.         2010.0613AE                                                     (S. CALTAGIRONE: 415/558-6625)

2055 UNION STREET – south side between Webster and Buchanan Streets; Lot 018 in Assessor’s Block 0541 – Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to seismically retrofit the 670-seat Metro Theater building and convert it to a private fitness facility, restaurant, and a retail use. The subject property is Landmark No. 261 and is located within the Union Street NCD (Neighborhood Commercial District) and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions


8.         2011.0167T                                                               (S. HAYWARD: 415/558-6372)

PLANNING CODE CONTROLS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION.  The Commission will consider proposed amendments to Articles 10 and 11 as suggested by Supervisor Scott Wiener.   Supervisor Wiener has submitted five memos to the Historic Preservation Commission, dated September 7, October 3, October 13, October 17, and October 27, 2011 with proposed modifications.  The Historic Preservation Commission is considering amendments based on Supervisor Wiener’s suggestions prior to sending recommendations to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

(Continued from Regular meeting of November 2, 2011)


9.         2001.0016E                                                                      (D. LEWIS: 415/575-9095)

BEACH CHALET ATHLETIC FIELDS RENOVATION Commission Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is proposing to renovate the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields facility, an approximately 9.4-acre public sports field facility located at 1500 John F. Kennedy Drive, along the western edge of Golden Gate Park. The Athletic Fields currently include four grass turf athletic fields surrounded by an 8-foot-tall metal chain link fence, an approximately 25,320‑square-foot, 50‑space asphalt parking lot (including one disabled-accessible space), a restroom building, and a cargo container being used as a maintenance shed. The project would include replacing the existing grass turf fields with synthetic turf, installing field lighting, renovating the existing restroom building, installing player benches and seating, and completing other modifications for parking, circulation, and spectator amenities to improve the overall conditions of the facility and increase the amount of play time available on the athletic fields. With project implementation, the project site would remain in its current use as an athletic field complex within an urban park.


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 December 1, 2011.  Written comments on the DEIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m., December 12, 2011.

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


10.       2011.0583B                                                                    (R. SUCRE: 415/575-9108)

850-870 BRANNAN STREET, located at the corner of Brannan and 8th Streets, Assessor’s Block 3780, Lots 006, 007, 007A, and 077.  Review of the Proposed Project pursuant to Planning Code Section 803.9(c), involving the retention of the gift and jewelry showroom, and conversion of the first, second and fifth floors to office, which involves an office allocation of more than 25,000 sq ft. The proposed project includes window rehabilitation and replacement, and ground floor alterations. The subject property at 870 Brannan Street is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the National Carbon Company Building. It is located within the UMU (Urban Mixed Use) Zoning District, the Showplace Square Special Sign District, and a 68-X Height/Bulk Limit.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Adoption of Resolution regarding the proposed project's compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and its ability to enhance the feasibility of preserving the historic building.



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.

NOTEIf 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: 11/10/2011 2:26:15 PM