LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Meeting Announcement and Agenda

Date:      Thursday, January 7, 2010
Time:      7:00 p.m.
Place:     North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue
                 Main Room

 

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) packet is available for review at the Berkeley Main Public Library at 2090 Kittredge Street and at the Permit Service Center at 2120 Milvia Street.

This meeting is being held in a wheelchair accessible location.

To request a disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Disability Services Specialist at (510) 981-6346 (V) or (510) 981-7075 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date.

Contact: Landmarks Preservation Commission Secretary, (510) 981-7410;
LPC@ci.berkeley.ca.us 

Initiation of Landmark or Structure of Merit designation lies within the range of action to be considered on each structure or property appearing at any place on the agenda.

Due to the length of the LPC agenda, a Consent Calendar may be used to approve certain applications and actions at one time. The Consent Calendar may include:

  • Routine business such as approval of minutes and items proposed for continuance.
  • Public hearings on structural alteration permits that are apparently non-controversial, on which no adverse comment has been received, and for which no speaker cards have been turned in and no persons wishing to speak are present.

The Commission may place items on the Consent Calendar during Agenda Changes.  Anyone present who wishes to speak on an item should raise his or her hand at that time and advise the Chairperson, and the item will be pulled.  Any applicant, member of the audience, or Landmarks Preservation Commissioner may require that an item not be placed on the Consent Calendar to allow for discussion and testimony (if currently posted for public hearing).

Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting. 

The Landmarks Preservation Commission consists of nine members appointed by the City Council: Austene Hall, Robert Johnson, Christopher Linvill, Miriam Ng, Carrie Olson (Vice Chair), Gary Parsons (Chair), Antoinette Pietras, Anne Wagley, Steven Winkel.

Please submit written comments in advance of the meeting to the greatest extent possible so that comments can be distributed to the Commissioners in the agenda packet.  Commissioners do not have an opportunity to read materials handed out at the meeting.  Please submit any material for distribution to the LPC Secretary by Wednesday the week prior to the meeting. 

  1. ROLL CALL
  2. PUBLIC COMMENT (Limit: 3 minutes per person; 5 minutes per organization)
  3. AGENDA CHANGES
    None
  4. CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARINGS  
    A.   1512 La Loma Avenue, Structural Alteration Permit and Mills Act Contract Review for the demolition
    of a garage and the construction of a detached accessory building within the La Loma Park Historic district (LM #09-40000022)
          
          *Status:
    Structural Alteration Permit application to demolish a garage and replace it with a
           habitable accessory building; Review of Mills Act contract.  Public comments were heard at the
           October 1, 2009 LPC Hearing.  Based on concerns for documentation of the building conditions
           the item was unanimously (9-0-0-0) continued to the November Hearing.  The item inadvertently
           omitted from the November calendar, was placed on the December special meeting calendar but,
           at the owner’s request, was continued to the January calendar.
          *LPO Applicability: LPO Section 3.24.060.C requires the LPC to evaluate the project against the
           review standards and criteria contained in Section 3.24.260.
          *Staff Recommendation: Comment on the proposed application and Mills Act contract in
           consideration that, while located on a property in a designated historic district, the building in
           question is not identified to be preserved; the LPC is asked to provide conditions of approval
           as necessary in line with findings of non-detriment for the use permit application in progress.
  5. PUBLIC HEARINGS   
    A.   1730 La Loma Avenue (Kingman Hall), Alteration Permit (LM#09-40000026)**
           *
     Status: Structural Alteration Permit application to construct mandatory structural strengthening
             per the City of Berkeley Soft Story Ordinance (BMC 19.39). 
           *LPO Applicability: LPO Section 3.24.060.C requires the LPC to evaluate the project against 
            the review standards and criteria contained in Section 3.24.260.
           *Staff Recommendation:  Staff recommends that the LPC approve the project subject to
             identified findings and conditions.

    B.    2525 Telegraph, Structural Alteration Permit (LM#09-40000027)**
           *Status:
    Structural Alteration Permit application to rehabilitate a designated City Landmark
             known as the Needham/Obata, including foundation improvements, reconfiguration of the 
             Telegraph Avenue and Regent Street ground floor plans for a restaurant/gallery and interpretative
             center honoring artist Chiura Obata, relocation of one residential unit to another floor in the building
             and the addition of two additional floors of residential apartments as well as a roof garden, and
             façade restoration for both the Telegraph Avenue and Regent Street facades
            *LPO Applicability: LPO Section 3.24.060.C requires the LPC to evaluate the project against the
             review standards and criteria contained in Section 3.24.260.
            *Staff Recommendation:  Staff recommends that the LPC take the following preliminary actions:
    1.      Provide the applicant with guidance regarding the proposed design of the two-story addition at this meeting.
    2.      Appoint a subcommittee to work with the applicant and architect on the exterior design of the building prior to LPC Design Review, including the roof garden and balconies that replace the existing courtyards; and give professional advice regarding the interpretative approach to honor artist Chiura Obata and the history of the Japanese American community.
    3.      Continue the project to a future meeting as appropriate

 6.    Section 106 Consultation
                
None

7.    ACTION ITEMS
        
 A.   Approve minutes from December 17, 2009 special meeting.** 

 8.    DISCUSSION ITEMS
       
 A.   2222 Third Street, Demolition Referral
·           Status:   A demolition request was received on September 18, 2009 for four buildings, each of which is forty (40) or more years old, located at 2222 Third Street.
·            LPO Applicability: Section 23C.08.050.C of the City Zoning Ordinance requires referral to the LPC of any proposal to demolish a non-residential building or structure which is forty (40) or more years old.  LPC has the opportunity to review the potential for landmark or Structure of Merit status prior to consideration of the Use Permit to allow initiation of the property pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 3.24.120, or solely to forward to the Board its comments on the application.  The Board may consider the recommendations of the LPC in considering its action on the application.
·            Staff Recommendation: Staff recommends that the LPC not initiate any of the buildings known as 2222 Third Street for consideration as a City of Berkeley Landmark or Structure of Merit (Attachment: Historic Report by Preservation Architecture, dated July 15, 2009). 
B.   2727 Milvia Street (Berkeley Iceland), City Council Appeal Review
·             Status:   The City Council will be reviewing an appeal for Landmark Designation of Berkeley Iceland at
              their January 19  meeting.
·             LPO Applicability: LPC designated Berkeley Iceland a Landmark on April 5th of 2007, LM#06-40000008. 
             City council may remand the designation back to the LPC for reconsideration, pursuant to Section 3.24.300
             of the City Zoning Ordinance.
·             Staff Recommendation: Discuss the designation in preparation for a possible remand from City Council.

C.   Chair Report
D.   Staff Report
      i.      Subcommittee, Laison Comments: Opportunity for Commissioner comment on status of projects for
              which the LPC has established a subcommittee or liaison

 E.       OTHER MATTERS
           
Commissioners may comment on other matters and ask for additional discussion to be scheduled on a
            future agenda (per the Brown Act, no deliberation or final LPC action may be taken).
            a.    South Berkeley Branch Library
                     
Presentation by Donna Corbeil, director of Library Services for the Berkeley Public Library for input from the
                      Commissioners on the development of project plans for the South Branch Library project.

F.        COMMISSION INFORMATION 
a.      Notice of Decision for 2208-10 Shattuck Avenue (NOD)**
b.      Appeal of Remand Decision for 2525 Telegraph Avenue (NOD) (withdrawn December  22nd 2009)**

G.  STANDING SUBCOMMITTEES OR LAISON (Note: Site will come off the subcommittee list upon approval
of a Certificate of Occupancy) Partial List, In Progress

A.       1512 La Loma: CO (chair) AH, MN, AP
B.       West Berkeley Branch Library: CL (chair), MN, CO, GP
C.       North Berkeley Branch Library: AH (chair), RJ, CO
D.       Claremont Branch Library: AW (chair), CO, SW
E.       South Berkeley Branch Library: CO (chair), CL, GP
F.       Spring Mansion: RJ, CO, GP
G.       University of California Southeast Quadrant Integrated Projects (SCIP):
H.       2086 Allston Way-Shattuck Hotel (Olson, Parsons, Johnson)
I.          2210 Harold Way: CO (chair), GP
J.        1326 Allston Way (Corporation Yard Building—Ratcliff): Laison with Public Works, CO, GP, AW
K.       2611 Ashby (Amy and Frederick Corkill House): CO, SW
L.        2086 Allston Way (Shattuck Hotel): CO (chair), RJ, GP
M.      2750 Adeline Street: CO, GP, SW
N.       2947-53 College Avenue: AH, AW, SW
O.       2001 Allston Way (Downtown YMCA): AH, CO, GP, AP
P.       Southside Plan Historic Map: AH, CO, SW
Q.       3332 Adeline Street (Lorin Theater): AH, MN, CO, GP  

H.   POTENTIAL INITIATIONS (Commissioner Initials and Date Added)
Staff recomends that any potential initiation over one year old be removed from this list because of an
apparent lack of interest or urgency.  Any address so removed could be added to this list at a later date
if necessary.
A.     Berkeley Pier and Waterfront (7/13/98)
B.     2237 Shattuck Avenue (11/2/98)
C.     2522 Warring Street (11/2/98)
D.     2523 Piedmont Avenue (11/2/98)
E.     2725 Dwight Way (1/4/99)
F.      2016 Seventh Street (1/4/99)
G.     2539 Fulton Street (1/4/99)
H.     2362 Bancroft Way-Trinity United Methodist Church (3/1/99)
 I.        2505 Dwight Way (LE 6/7/99)
J.      2510 Durant Avenue - Store, Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr., Architect (LE 6/7/99)
K.     2601 Durant Avenue - Christian Science Society of UC, Gutterson, Architect (LE 6/7/99)
L.      2647 Durant Avenue (LE 6/7/99)
M.     1201 6th Street- Arcieri Dairy (LE 7/12/99)
N.     Berkeley High School, Building C, 1920; W. C. Hayes (LE 9/13/99)
O.     Upland Path (RK 1/3/00)
P.     John Galen Howard Power Station, UC Campus (CO 4/3/00)
Q.     McCauley Foundry at Carleton and 7th Streets (4/3/00)
R.     UC Storage Station, James Plachek, Architect (4/3/00)
S.     “Kittredge Street Historic District" - 2124 Kittredge Street (Elder House and storefront), 2138 Kittredge
         (Fitzpatrick House and storefront), and 2117 Kittredge Street (A.H. Broad House and storefront)
         (JK 11/5/2001)
T.      2800 Block of Staten Street (LE 3/4/02)
U.     935 Grayson Street (7/1/02)
V.     2132 Haste Street (LE 9/4/02)
W.    962, 964, 966, 968 & 970 Euclid Avenue (JK 10/1/04)
X.     2500 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley Bank of Savings and Trust Co., 1923, Louis M. Upton (JK 11/23/05)
Y.     3200 Adeline Street (LE 8-3-06)
Z.      1915 Addison Street (JK 8-3-06)
AA.   2611 Parker Street, Evelyn Ratcliff House
BB.  2212 Fifth Street, Charles Spear House
CC. 1842-1878 Euclid Avenue (CO 9-14-07)
DD. Berkeley High School Campus Historic District (SW 1/3/08)
EE.  2746 Garber Street (SW 3/5/09)
FF.  2124 Vine Street/1500 Walnut Street, Original location of Peet’s Coffee  (CO 3/5/09)
GG.  U.C. Berkeley Campus, Earl C. Anthony Hall (Pelican Building)
HH. 2727 Marin Avenue (CO 7/20/09)
II.      2600 Bancroft, YWCA (CO 9/3/09)

12. LIST OF PERMIT SITES WHICH MAY BE INITIATED BY THE LPC, PROVIDED AS PART OF THE LPC AGENDA IN COMPLIANCE WITH BMC SECTION 23B.24.030.B
SEE ATTACHED TABLE OF LAND USE PLANNING CURRENT PROJECTS, COPIED FROM CITY’S
WEB SITE BELOW
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Planning_and_Development/Level_3_-_ZAB/LU%20Projects(1).pdf 

 I.      ADJOURN
Room reservation expires at midnight.  The Senior Center employee who monitors the center must be able to close the building by midnight at the latest.  In order to comply with this standard, the meeting must adjourn by 11:45 p.m. to provide time to return the furniture to its original location, pack up meeting materials, and vacate the Senior Center.  Please assist by exiting promptly once the meeting has adjourned.