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Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

                              Wednesday, June 20, 2012



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

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 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.         2012.0033ACE                                                                        (S. CALTAGIRONE: 415/558-6625)

55 LAGUNA STREET – two blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan, and Hermann Streets; Lots 001 and 001a in Assessor’s Block 0857 and Lots 001, 002, and 003 in Assessor’s Block 0870 – Request for Review and Comment by the Architectural Review Committee for the infill design component of the 55 Laguna Mixed Use Project. The property contains San Francisco Landmark Nos. 257, 258, and 259 - Burke-Richardson Hall (a.k.a. Richardson Hall), Anderson-Woods Hall (a.k.a. Woods Hall), and Anderson-Woods Hall Annex (a.k.a. Woods Hall Annex). The buildings also contribute to the National Register-listed San Francisco Normal School/State Teacher’s College campus. It is located within a RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The site is zoned RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density District)/ 40-X Height and Bulk District; and NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial District)/ 85-X Height and Bulk District.




12:30 P.M.

ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                        Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:                Courtney Damkroger           

                        Commissioners:                                   Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Richard Johns

                                                                                      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 June 6, 2012 Regular Hearing

5.         Disclosures

6.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions


7.         2011.0681L                                                                   (M. BROWN: 415/575-9074)

4004-4006 THIRD STREET – west side between Galvez Avenue and Hudson Avenue; Assessor’s Block 5253; Lot 030. Consideration to initiate Landmark designation of 4004-4006 Third Street, historically known as Sam Jordan’s Bar, as an individual Article 10 Landmark pursuant to Section 1004.1 of the Planning Code. The building was added to the Landmark Designation Work Program on June 15, 2011.

Recommendation: Approval

8.         2012.0737U                                                                       (T. FRYE: 415/575-6822)

AMENDMENTS RELATED TO MILLS ACT PROCEDURES & FEES.  Review and Comment on the proposed amendments to Chapter 71 of the Administrative Code introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener on May 15, 2012 to add limitations on properties that are eligible; to add application deadlines; to add a time limit for receipt of the Assessor-Recorder’s Report; to require a standard form contract; to require monitoring reports from the Planning Department and the Assessor-Recorder’s Office; and to reduce the application fees associated with Mills Act Contracts.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval

9.         2011.1356EMTZU                                                       (J. SWITZKY: 415/575-6815)

CENTRAL CORRIDOR PLANInformational update on the planning process to create an integrated community vision for the Central Subway corridor in the South of Market area. The Plan area is generally bounded by Market, Townsend, 2nd and 6th Streets. This update will discuss the draft preferred Plan concepts, focusing on the historic preservation context and strategy for the area, as well as project timing and next steps. Additional information is available at

Preliminary Recommendation: Informational Only -- No Action

10.       2012.0136H                                                                (G. HILYARD: 415/575-9109)

220 GEARY STREET (aka. 333 Post Street) northwest corner of Geary and Stockton Streets; Assessor’s Block 0308; Lot 001.  Request for a Permit to Alter to construct a new transit station entrance at the southeast corner of Union Square as part of the Central Subway project.   The subject property, known as Union Square and bounded by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets, is a Category I (Significant) Property in the P (Public) Zoning District with an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk limit. The subject property is within the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District under Article 11 of the Planning Code.

Recommendation: Approval

11.       2011.1391A                                                               (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

260 GREEN STREET – north side at dead end of street, Assessor’s Block 0113, Lot 042.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to excavate at the existing garage level to create a new basement level, install new garage doors, replace existing shingle siding with painted horizontal wood siding, replace all existing windows, create new window openings, install new railings at entrance stair and balconies, reconfigure driveway and landscaping, and interior renovation of the existing single-family residence.   The subject property, constructed in 1935, is a 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.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

12.       2011.1410A                                                                   (R. SUCRE:  415/575-9108)

275 BRANNAN STREET, located on the southwest corner of Brannan and Colin P. Kelly Streets, Assessor’s 3789, Lot 009.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations, construction of two rooftop stair/mechanical penthouses, construction of a new roof deck, and new signage.  The subject property is a contributing building to the South End Historic District and is located within the MUO (Mixed Use-Office) Zoning District with a 65-X Height and Bulk limit.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

13.       2012.0041B                                                                   (R. SUCRE:  415/575-9108)

444 DEHARO STREET, located at the southwest corner of 17th and De Haro Streets, Assessor’s Block 3979, Lot 001.  Request for Review and Comment regarding the proposed project, pursuant to Planning Code Section 803.9(c). The proposed project includes conversion of approximately 90,500 sq ft from showroom and circulation space to office. The subject property has been determined eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources. It is located within the UMU (Urban Mixed Use) Zoning District, and a 48-X Height/Bulk Limit.

Recommendation: The Historic Preservation Commission may draft comments to the Zoning Administrator regarding the proposed use 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.



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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: 6/14/2012 3:05:09 PM