Historic Preservation Commission

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Stream at https://sfgovtv.org/planning – Public Comment: (415) 655-0001 / Access Code: 2491 602 4429

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Notice is hereby given to the general public that applications involving the properties and/or issues described below have been filed with the Planning Department for review as set forth in the City Planning Code. The Historic Preservatio Commission intends to hold a PUBLIC HEARING on these items and on other matters on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, beginning at 12:30 p.m. or later. Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Historic Preservation Commission may conduct this hearing remotely using videoconferencing technology or in-person at City Hall. Additional information may be found on the Department’s website.

2021-007060DES: THE TAKAHASHI TRADING COMPANY, 200 RHODE ISLAND STREET – west side between 15th and 16th streets, Lot 001 in Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 3936 (District 10). Consideration to Recommend to the Board of Supervisors Landmark Designation of the Takahashi Trading Company (200 Rhode Island Street) as an individual Article 10 Landmark pursuant to Section 1004.2 of the Planning Code. The Takahashi Trading Company was initiated for designation by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on November 17, 2021. The subject property is significant for its association with San Francisco’s Japanese-American community. Prominent Japanese-American entrepreneurs and philanthropists Henri and Tomoye Takahashi owned the subject property from 1965 to 2019, where they operated the Takahashi Trading Company which imported high quality housewares from Japan. Additionally the Takahashi Charitable Foundation, also headquartered in the subject property, supported a myriad of non-profit programming of Japanese and Japanese-American arts, heritage and culture. The subject property, built in 1912, is also significant as an intact early example of the work of master architect Gustave Albert Lansburgh. The subject property is in the Production, Distribution, & Repair – 1 – Design (PDR-1-D) Zoning District and 58-X/68-X Height and Bulk Districts. For further information, call Alex Westhoff at (628) 652-7314 or email alex.westhoff@sfgov.org and ask about Case No. 2021-007060DES.

2017-003843COA-02: 809 MONTGOMERY STREET – west side of Montgomery Street between Jackson Street and Pacific Avenue, Lot 005 in Assessor’s Block 0176 (District 3). Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the construction of a one-story rooftop addition visible from the street. The proposal also includes a horizontal addition at the rear of the lot, the replacement of non-historic windows and doors at the Montgomery Street façade with new windows and doors in the existing openings, and interior alterations at all floors. This project was previously approved through Motion No. M-0368 at an HPC hearing on March 6, 2019. The project has undergone no changes since that time and is returning to the HPC solely to seek an extension of the expiration date of the original Motion. The subject property is located within the Article 10 Jackson Square Landmark District, and is within a C-2 (Community Business) Zoning District and a 65-A Height and Bulk Limit. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to Section 31.04(h) of the San Francisco Administrative Code. For further information, call Rebecca Salgado at (628) 652-7332, or email at rebecca.salgado@sfgov.org and ask about Case No. 2017-003843COA-02.

It is strongly recommended that persons submit their comments in writing in advance of the hearing. Written comments may be submitted via email directly to the case planner.

Persons who are unable to attend the scheduled Commission hearing may submit written comments regarding these cases to the individuals listed for each above via email or at the Planning Department, 49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94103. Comments received by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made a part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Commission.

Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a conditional use, 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 Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.

Corey A. Teague
Zoning Administrator
Planning Department
49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94103