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HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Meeting and Calendar
Hearing Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
11:30 A.M. – ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
12:30 P.M. – HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Charles Edwin Chase, President
Courtney Damkroger, Vice President
Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda
Richard Johns, Andrew Wolfram
John Rahaim, Director of Planning
Timothy 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 http://sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2235 24 hours after the hearing.
THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 1650 MISSION STREET, 4TH FLOOR RECEPTION and the GOVERNMENT INFORMATION CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY, 100 LARKIN STREET. THE AGENDA PACKET IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE MEETING SITE –HEARING ROOM 400,
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
ROLL CALL: Committee Member: Karl Hasz
Committee Member: Alan Martinez
Committee Member: Andrew Wolfram
Committee Ex-Officio: Charles Chase
1. 2012.0502E (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 Review and Comment before the Architectural Review Committee regarding the proposal for exterior alterations to the existing building associated with conversion of upper floors for new office tenants and of ground floor for retail tenants. Proposed exterior work includes a new two-story entrance at Market Street, removal and replacement of ground floor storefronts and transoms at 9th, 10th, and Market Street façades, replacement of windows at the 2nd, 10th, and 11th floors on 9th, 10th, and Market Street façades, lowering of sill height at 10th floor windows, and new two-story openings and arcade at the Stevenson Street elevation. The project is currently undergoing environmental review per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by the Department (Case No. 2012.0502E). 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.
FULL HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
ROLL CALL: Commission President: Charles E. Chase
Commission Vice President: Courtney Damkroger
Commissioners: Richard Johns
Alan W. Martinez
A. PUBLIC COMMENT
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).).
B. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Director’s Report
2. Review of Past Week’s Events at the Planning Commission.
C. MATTERS OF THE COMMISSION
3. President’s Report and Announcements
4. Consideration of Adoption:
a. Draft minutes of the May 16, 2012 Regular Hearing
6. Commissioner Comments/ Questions
D. CONSENT CALENDAR
All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Historic Preservation Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing.
7. 2012.0154A (R. SUCRE: 415/575-9108)
3415 21ST STREET, southeast corner of 21st and Ames Streets, Assessor’s 3618, Lot 066. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace and enlarge an addition and deck on the rear facade, install a new garage entrance along Ames Street, and construct one off-street parking space. The subject property is a contributing resource to the Liberty-Hill Historic District and is located within the RM-2 (Residential, Mixed, Moderate Density) Zoning District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Limit.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
E. REGULAR CALENDAR
8. 2011.0918A (P. LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)
20-22 DARREL PLACE – east side at mid-block on dead end street, Assessor’s Block 0085, Lot 017. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations to the existing residential building. Proposed work includes removing existing asbestos shingles and vertical siding and installing horizontal wood siding, replacing existing aluminum windows with wood sash windows, replacing rear decks and installing wood railings, installing two new window openings on south (side) elevation and three windows/doors on east (rear) elevation, infill of an existing lightwell at the south (side) elevation, and interior renovation to provide additional habitable space. The subject property is a non-contributing structure to the Telegraph Hill Historic District and is located within a RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk limit. At a future variance hearing, the Zoning Administrator shall consider a variance for reconstruction of the existing rear decks, which are non-conforming features in the required rear yard.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
9a. 2007.0558MTZ (J. SWITZKY: 415/575-6815 & P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)
TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT PLAN – Review and Comment on proposed Ordinances amending the San Francisco General Plan, Planning Code, and Zoning Maps associated with the Transit Center District Plan. The result of a multi-year public and cooperative interagency planning process that began in 2007, the Transit Center District Plan is a comprehensive vision for shaping growth on the southern side of the Downtown to respond to and support the construction of the new Transbay Transit Center project, including the Downtown Rail Extension. In addition to laying out policy recommendations to accommodate additional transit-oriented growth, sculpt the downtown skyline, improve streets and open spaces, and expand protection of historic resources, the Plan would result in the potential to generate over $575 million for public infrastructure, particularly the Downtown Rail Extension project. Public workshops were held throughout 2007-2009 and a Draft Plan for Public Review was published in November 2009. In April 2012 the Planning Department published a Draft Plan Addendum.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
9b. 2007.0558MTZ (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)
TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT PLAN – Request for 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. The Historic Preservation Commission shall consider recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding proposed amendments to Planning Code Section 1103.1 and Appendix F of Article 11 for a boundary change to the New Montgomery-Second Street Conservation District and change of name to the New Montgomery-Mission-Second Street Conservation District, and adopting findings, including environmental findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
9c. 2007.0558MTZ (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)
TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT PLAN – Request to Designate and to Change Designation pursuant to Planning Code Section 1106 – The Planning Department proposes Designation of forty-three (43) properties in Categories I (Significant) through Category V (Unrated) and to initiate change of designation for two (2) properties 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. Sixteen (16) of the forty-three (43) properties would be classified as Category V (Unrated) for which no amendment to the Planning Code is necessary. The Historic Preservation Commission shall consider recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding proposed amendments to Appendices A, C, and D of Article 11 to designate twenty-seven (27) properties (two (2) properties as Category I (Significant), thirteen (13) properties as Category III (Contributing), and twelve (12) properties as Category IV (Contributing)) and to change designation for two (2) properties from Category III (Contributing) to Category IV (Contributing), and adopting findings, including environmental findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
10a. 2011.0420A (R. SUCRE: 415/575-9108)
VETERANS BUILDING, 401 VAN NESS AVENUE, located on the southwest corner of McAllister Street and Van Ness Avenue, Assessor’s 0786A, Lot 001. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations including, but not limited to: rehabilitation/repair of the existing steel-sash windows; replacement of the roof membrane, roof panels, and mansard roof; replacement of the existing skylights; repair of terracotta architectural elements; and installation of new rooftop equipment. The subject property is Landmark No. 84 and is also a contributor to the Civic Center Historic District. It is located within a P (Public) Zoning District, the Civic Center Special Sign District, and a OS/96-X Height and Bulk Limit.
(Continued from 4/4/12 HPC hearing)
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
10b. 2011.0420U (R. SUCRE: 415/575-9108)
VETERANS BUILDING, 401 VAN NESS AVENUE, located on the southwest corner of McAllister Street and Van Ness Avenue, Assessor’s 0786A, Lot 001. Request for Review and Comment, pursuant to Article 10, Appendix J, Section 8 of the Planning Code, on the interior alterations associated with the proposed project. The proposed project consists of exterior and interior alterations, including a seismic upgrade, facility modernization improvements, accessibility improvements, upgrades to the Herbst Theater, reorganization of existing offices and meeting rooms on each floor, and renovation of the fourth floor to accommodate the San Francisco Opera. Proposed exterior work is subject to Historic Preservation Commission Review and Approval under Case No. 2011.00420A. The subject property is Landmark No. 84 and is also a contributor to the Civic Center Historic District. It is located within a P (Public) Zoning District, the Civic Center Special Sign District, and a OS/96-X Height and Bulk Limit.
(Continued from 4/4/12 HPC hearing)
Preliminary Recommendation: The Historic Preservation Commission may draft comments to the San Francisco War Memorial Trust regarding the proposed project’s interior alterations.
The first meeting of the Commission Secretary Search Sub-Committees ( for both the Historic Preservation and Planning Commissions) is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in the Offices of the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.
For more information, please call the Commission Secretary at (415) 558-6407
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, Linda.Avery@sfgov.org.
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.
CELL PHONE AND/OR SOUND-PRODUCING ELECTRONIC DEVICE USAGE AT HEARINGS
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).
ACCESSIBLE MEETING POLICY
Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA. The closest accessible BART Station is the Civic Center Station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets. Accessible curb side parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street. Accessible MUNI Lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno, 47 and 49 Lines and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line. Accessible MUNI Metro Lines are the J, K, L, M, and N at the Van Ness Muni Station at Van Ness Avenue and Market Street. For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142.
Requests for American sign language interpreters, sound enhancement system and/or language translators will be available upon request by contacting Lulu Hwang at (415) 558-6318, at least 48 hours prior to a hearing. A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings. Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible. A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice). In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats. If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need. Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings.
Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE
Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689; by phone (415) 554-7724; by fax at (415) 554-7854; or by e-mail at email@example.com. Citizens interested in obtaining a copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can be request a copy from Ms. Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/
SAN FRANCISCO LOBBYIST ORDINANCE
Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code §2.100] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone (415) 581-8300, fax (415) 581-2317; web site http://www.sfgov.org/ethics/.
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.