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Cultural Heritage Committee Meeting Update

February 28, 2011                       Monday                                           5:30 p.m.

ROLL CALL:      Committee Members Barbara Breska, Enrica Costello, Hemalata Dandekar, Buzz Kalkowski, 1 Committee Member Position Vacant, Vice-Chair Jeff Oliveira, and Chair – Position Vacant

STAFF:                Deputy Director Kim Murry, Senior Planner Phil Dunsmore, Assistant Planner James David, Associate Planner Brian Leveille, and Recording Secretary Janet Miller 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  There was no public comment. 

MINUTES:  Minutes of December 13, 2010, were approved as presented. 

PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS: 

1.     1880 Santa Barbara Avenue.  CHCMA 123-10; Mills Act contract request for Master List Channel Commercial Building (Railroad Square); C-R-S-H zone; Depot Square, LLC, applicant.  (James David) 

RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt the resolution to recommend the City Council approve a Mills Act contract for the historic Channel Commercial Warehouse Company Building, as described in the contract. 

ACTION:  Moved by Dandekar/Breska to adopt the staff recommendation to recommend approval of the Mills Act contract for the historic Channel Commercial Warehouse Company Building only and to return to the Committee with additional information on Mills Act provisions and whether they can be applied to the entire property versus just the historic resource itself (5:0). 

2.     1352 Pacific Street.  CHCMA 4-11; Request for Mills Act Historic Preservation Agreement for Master List Charles John Kelly House; R-2 zone; Matt and Sarah Ritter, applicants.  (James David) 

RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt a resolution to recommend the City Council approve a Mills Act contract for the historic Charles John Kelly House, as described in the contract.

ACTION:  Moved by Breska/Kalkowski to adopt the staff recommendation recommending the Council approve a Mills Act contract for the historic Charles John Kelly House (5:0).

3.     City-Wide.  ARC 130-10; Review of City's way-finding sign program; City of San Luis Obispo, applicant.  (Phil Dunsmore) 

RECOMMENDATION:  Receive presentation and provide preliminary comments on discussion items

ACTION:  Committee members provided comments on the color, design, and placement of way-finding signs with particular attention given to historic district compatibility.  Specific comments included:

a.  Consider use of universal symbols such as an airplane and train for the airport and rail depot locations respectively.

b.  Consider use of term City Centre instead of Downtown on signs.

c.  Suggest real element be installed on major entry signs such as a real bell.

d.  CHC would like to see other color type options for black and brown coating for smaller signs.

e.  CHC is supportive of entry monument.

f.  CHC prefers a bronze seal instead of the painted vinyl if cost allows.

g.  CHC likes the typeface chosen. 

4.     1957 - 1977 Santa Barbara Avenue.  ARC 137-10; Review of a new mixed-use development project, including demolition of existing non-historic structures, in the Railroad Historic District; C-S-H zone; Quaglino Properties, LLC, applicant.  (Brian Leveille)

RECOMMENDATION:  Recommend the Architectural Review Commission find the proposed mixed-use project consistent with the Historic Preservation Program Guidelines and approve the project subject to conditions. 

ACTION:  Moved by Breska/Kalkowski  to recommend the Architectural Review Commission find the project consistent with the Historic Preservation Program Guidelines and approve the project subject to conditions (5:0).

COMMENT AND DISCUSSION:

5.    Staff

a.  Staff presented a forecast of the March agenda.

b.  Staff asked the CHC if they would like to agendize a discussion of the Certified Local Government program application.  Committee members unanimously agreed to place the item on a future agenda and expressed support for the City becoming a CLG.

c.  Staff briefed CHC on the upcoming study session at the City Council to discuss alternatives for communication to property owners of historic properties and within historic districts.

6.     Committee

a.  Committee members discussed various locations in the City that would benefit from historic listing and discussed specific neighborhoods that would benefit from inclusion in a historic district. The committee asked the historic resource inventory work program be brought forward as a future agenda item.

b.  Committee members asked questions about the Mills Act program and requested an update on details of program administration.

c.  Vice-Chair Oliveira provided an update from his subcommittee assignment as the CHC representative on the Palm-Nipomo Parking Structure committee.

ADJOURNMENT – Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

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