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Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

12:30 P.M.

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 Neighborhood Planning

Tim Frye, Preservation Coordinator

Linda 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.














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


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.    Director’s Report

2.    Review of Past Week’s Events at the Planning Commission.


3.         President’s Report and Announcements

4.         Consideration of Adoption:

              a.        Draft minutes of the April 4, 2012 HPC/CPC Joint Hearing

              b.        Draft minutes of the April 4, 2012 Regular Hearing

5.         Disclosures

6.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions


7.         2008.0762E                                                                         (D. JAIN: 415/575-9051)

CHINESE HOSPITAL DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REVIEW - The proposed project is located at 835-845 Jackson Street [Assessor’s Block/Lot 192/41]. The Chinese Hospital property, located in the Chinatown neighborhood at Jackson Street between Stockton and Powell Streets, consists of the approximately 43,368-gross-square-foot (gsf), 54-bed Chinese Hospital at 845 Jackson Street, built in 1979; the approximately 29,793-gsf Medical Administration Building (MAB) at 835 Jackson Street (the original Chinese Hospital, built in 1924); and the approximately 15,000-gsf Chinese Hospital Parking Garage, located directly behind the 1924 MAB.  These three buildings constitute the project site, an approximately 22,516-square-foot lot.  The Chinese Hospital Association is the project sponsor for this project.  The proposed project includes: 1) demolition of the 1924 MAB and the 41-space Chinese Hospital Parking Garage on the project site; 2) construction of a 54-bed, acute-care, 101,545-gsf, seven-story-plus-basement, 90.5-foot-tall (excluding 30-foot-tall mechanical penthouse above the roof) Replacement Hospital building with a new 22-bed skilled nursing facility on the sites of the demolished buildings on the eastern portion of the project site (an approximately 11, 526-square-foot area); 3) renovation of the existing on-site 1979 Chinese Hospital building at 845 Jackson Street to serve as a Medical Administration and Outpatient Center (MAOC); and 4) a proposal to create a Special Use District (SUD) for the proposed project to support the expansion of medical services on the project site (835-845 Jackson Street, APN 192/41) in the Chinatown Residential Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District.  The proposed Replacement Hospital building would be designed and constructed to fully comply with the requirements of Senate Bill 1953 for seismic safety of acute-care facilities.  The existing 1979 Chinese Hospital would remain in operation until the proposed Replacement Hospital is fully functional. The proposed project would be completed in two development phases over a four-year period between fall 2012 and winter 2015.  In addition to the proposed project, two variants are being considered by the project sponsor:  (1) The Off-Street Parking Variant would include the same development on the 835-845 Jackson Street project site as the proposed project; in addition, it would include off-street parking and an expanded engineering shop and storage space for Chinese Hospital at the existing Powell Street Parking Garage at 1140 Powell Street (APN 192/14).  The Powell Street Parking Garage is located on Powell Street between Washington and Jackson Streets to the west of the project site. Under the Off-Street Parking Variant (i.e. garage variant), Chinese Hospital Association (the project sponsor) may either purchase the Powell Street Parking Garage or lease space in the garage on a long-term basis; and (2) The Hospital Façade Design Variant would have a different design for the Replacement Hospital’s façade, compared to the proposed project; this variant would otherwise be identical in terms of development and building envelope to the proposed project.

The project site is in the Chinatown Residential and Neighborhood Commercial (CRNC) Zoning District and a 65-N Height and Bulk District. The proposed project would require General Plan referral, General Plan amendments, Planning Code text and Zoning Map amendments to reclassify height and bulk limits and establish SUD boundaries, among other project approvals.

The Draft EIR  concluded that implementation of the proposed project and its two variants would result in the following project-level and cumulative significant unavoidable environmental impacts: (1) Demolition of the original 1924 Chinese Hospital Building at 835 Jackson Street (i.e. 1924 MAB) under the proposed project would result in significant and unavoidable historic architectural resources impacts on an individual historic resource (the 1924 MAB) and on the NRHP/CRHR-eligible Chinatown historic district, both of which were identified as historic resources under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); (2) Construction (i.e. design and development) of the proposed Replacement Hospital on the project site would result in a significant unavoidable historic architectural resources impact on the NRHP/CRHR-eligible Chinatown historic district; (3) Demolition of the 1924 MAB and construction of the Replacement Hospital under the proposed project would also result in a cumulatively considerable contribution to significant adverse impacts on the NRHP/CRHR-eligible Chinatown historic district; and (4) Construction of the proposed project would generate substantial levels of PM2.5 and other toxic air contaminants (TACs), including diesel particulate matter (DPM), that could substantially affect sensitive receptors and this would be a significant and unavoidable air quality-related health risk impact.

Preliminary Recommendation: 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).

8.                                                    (D. SIDER/J. SWITZKY: 415/558-6697/ 415/575-6815)

TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (TDR) IN C-3 DISTRICTS - Informational Presentation by Planning Department staff on the City’s TDR Program. This item was calendared at the Historic Preservation Commission’s request.

9.         2007.0558EMTZU                                                       (J. SWITZKY: 415/575-6815)

TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT PLAN  - Informational Presentation  - Staff will provide a briefing on the Transit Center District Plan, including updates to the November 2009 Draft Plan and an overview of Plan recommendations in areas of land use, urban form, transportation, open space, historic resources, and funding for public infrastructure. This informational presentation is preparation for the Historic Preservation Commission to provide review and comment on the Draft Plan at its June 6, 2012 hearing and after the Planning Commission hearings in May 3, and May 24, 2012 to consider actions necessary to approve the Transit Center District Plan.

9a.       2007.0558MTZU                                                       (P. LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

CONSIDERATION TO INITIATE A BOUNDARY CHANGE TO THE NEW MONTGOMERY–SECOND CONSERVATION DISTRICT to include twenty-six (26) additional properties, primarily along Mission, Natoma, and Howard Streets.  A requested expansion of the existing New Montgomery-Second Conservation District is recommended by the Planning Department in the Draft Transit Center District Plan and is supported by the Area Plan survey findings.  The existing New Montgomery-Second Conservation District is designated pursuant to Appendix F of Article 11 of the Planning Code.

9b.       2007.0558MTZU                                                        (P. LAVALLEY 415/575-9084)

REQUEST TO INITIATE DESIGNATION AND CHANGE OF DESIGNATION PURSUANT TO PLANNING CODE SECTION 1106 - Planning Department request to initiate Designation of forty-three (43) properties; Categories I (Significant) through Category V (Unrated) and to initiate a change of designation for one property from Category III (Contributing) to Category IV (Contributing) as recommended in the Draft Transit Center District Plan and supported by the Area Plan survey findings. 

9c.       2007.0558MTZU                                                       (P. LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

CONSIDERATION TO ADD FOUR PROPERTIES TO THE LANDMARK DESIGNATION WORK PROGRAM - Planning Department request to add properties to the Landmark Designation Work Program based on the recommendations in the Draft Transit Center District Plan and supported by the Area Plan survey findings. The Department notified owners of four potential individual Landmarks regarding the proposed Work Program. If adopted, and based on the priorities set forth in the current Landmark Designation Work Program, the Department will proceed with additional research, documentation, and outreach in support of future Article 10 Landmark designations.

10.       2012.0490U                                                                  (M. BROWN: 415/575-9074)

OCEANSIDE HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY, Consideration to adopt, modify, or disapprove the findings of the historic survey. The community-sponsored survey is focused on buildings constructed prior to 1925 within the 75 square block survey area of the Oceanside neighborhood.  The survey consists of: evaluations for 57 individual properties; evaluations for five areas that contain significant groupings of historic buildings; narrative descriptions (without evaluations) of an additional 403 properties; and an updated Historic Context Statement. The general boundaries of the survey area are: Lincoln Avenue to the north; 37th Avenue to the northeast; Sloat Blvd. to the south; 45th Avenue to the southwest; and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt the Oceanside Historic Resources Survey



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.


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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: 4/26/2012 3:07:09 PM