Historic Resources Advisory Committee Minutes
Minutes for the Meeting on July 10, 2003
PRESENT: Bursak, Cloud, LoCoco, Munro, Paulson, Pellizer,
and Chairman Rolandelli
STAFF: Bonte, Jany
GUEST: Debbi Jones-Thomas
M/S Pellizer/ Lococo The minutes of the Special Meeting of
June 2, 2003 were approved
M/S Cloud/Pellizer The minutes of the meeting of June 12,
2003 were approved with the following change:
Michael Bursak indicated that in Item #4, that the major
increase in insurance for the building at 142 Stambaugh Street
is not due to an increase in the premium, but a higher premium
from switching to another insurer.
1). Welcome to new HRAC members
James Munro introduced himself to the Committee members
and described his background. He was born in Redwood City
and attended Sequoia High School. His family background
in the area goes back to the late nineteenth century. Mr.
Munro has served on the Union Cemetery Association and the
Jean Cloud mentioned that someone wants to make a book
about the history of Redwood City that would include pictures
from the archives.
2). Incentives Program for historic preservation:
Chairman Rolandelli briefly described the handouts that
Debbi Jones-Thomas passed out to the Committee members at
the June 12 HRAC meeting. The committee discussed the five
proposed options as indicated on the blue sheet handout.
Ms. Jones-Thomas mentioned two properties that would be
considered for funding; one was at 601 Cedar Street, and
the other was an owner-occupied property on Beech Street.
She indicated that in the case of Option #1, the Historic
Loan Program, that Options #4 (low-income owner-occupied
properties) and #5 (low-income rental properties) would
automatically be included. She suggested that two or three
options be considered.
Ms. Jones-Thomas said that under Option #1, a $25,000 loan
was available to the owner. She said that for low-income
owner-occupied dwellings, the owners could get the paint
program in Option #2 or #3, and a test for lead paint content,
and may be eligible to receive $10,000 for lead paint abatement.
There was discussion among the Committee on each of the
options and the advantages and drawbacks of each one.
Michael Bursak suggested that if an owner is not low-income,
they should be able to afford to keep up their property.
Ms. Jones-Thomas said that what qualifies for low-income
is up to $90,000 per year for a family of four. She also
added that the options listed on the blue sheet are driven
by funding availability.
The Committee continued discussing the proposed options
and their possible relation with the Mills Act.
A motion was made by Julia Pellizer to approve Option
#1 (which would automatically activate Options #4 and #5),
but there was no second. The Committee members briefly read
over the blue sheet to clarify Option #1.
M/S Paulson/Pellizer Hilary Paulson made the motion on
the table again to approve Option #1 along with Options
#4 and #5. Motion carried.
Michael Bursak described the three categories of historic
properties that would be eligible for these incentives as
indicated by the Options; (A) Officially designated properties;
(B) Properties on the existing Inventory that can be considered
eligible subject to further review; and (3) Properties that
are not on the Inventory that may be eligible for inventory
that would be classified as Category ‘B’ if
eligible. Chairman Rolandelli then brought up the restrictions
with regard to the maintenance agreement.
M/S Bursak/Pellizer Maintenance Agreement for the term
of the loan, or a Mills Act agreement for Category ‘A’
properties. Motion carried.
There was discussion of Options #2 (Free paint program,
materials only) and Options #3 (Free paint program, materials
& labor). Chairman Rolandelli said that there are funding
constraints, and said that the Committee should have control
over the types of colors that are appropriate for historic
structures to qualify for the paint program.
M/S Paulson/Pellizer; To approve Option #2 (Free paint
program, materials only) with the requirement that the HRAC
review paint colors based on the historic palette. Motion
Ms. Jones-Thomas said money should be set aside for this.
She would try to set up a program with the caveat that any
proposals go through the HRAC. She said she would bring
a specific program to the Committee for its review.
3). 601 Cedar Street (the Rolla House), 601 (Stambaugh
Street (the King House)
Charles Jany described the background of this project.
Debbi Jones-Thomas said Peninsula Covenant Church had provided
documentation on both properties, and that when the information
was transferred to the Loan Committee review form, that
information from 601 Cedar and 601 Stambaugh Streets were
listed on the same application. The inconsistency created
by this did not give the applicant a fair representation
of the merits of the project, therefore the application
was pulled and not reviewed by the Loan Committee. She said
she would not be dealing with the King House, and that the
repair of the Queen Ann House (the Rolla House) is more
defensible. The scope of work approved by the HRAC for the
Queen Ann House is the scope of work that will be pursued.
She said that the Redevelopment budget has funds to operate
this program. She said that the Queen Anne House will go
before the Home Improvement Committee. Michael Bursak asked
if the loans would be used as a revolving fund. Ms. Jones-Thomas
said that some kind of revolving fund would be established.
4). Mayor’s Beautification Awards
Chairman Rolandelli asked the Committee if there were any
nominations for the Mayor’s Beautification Award,
but there were none.
5). CLG Training
Chairman Rolandelli reminded the Committee that the CLG
workshop will be held on Thursday, September 25 in Vallejo.
Hilary Paulson, Michael Bursak, Jean Cloud and Chairman
Rolandelli said they were going to go. Julia Pelizer, David
LoCoco and James Munro said they might go, but weren’t
sure at this time. Charles Jany said he would see if he
could get a van.
6). Update of Historic Resources Element; Redwood
City General Plan
Chairman Rolandelli said that the Committee will be holding
a Special Meeting on this item. Gary Bonte said that he
wants to have a rough draft of the updated General Plan
text ready by the end of the year, and suggested that the
Committee meet some time in August.
7). San Mateo County Courthouse Restoration and
Chairman Rolandelli said that a consultant has been hired
to look at the design of the Courthouse Plaza area, make
recommendations and get public input. Michael Bursak said
he heard that the stump of the original flagpole was located
in the basement of the annex portion of the County Courthouse.
8). Possible Historic Status for Jansing Apartment
building and other older apartment buildings
Jean Cloud said she had tried to get hold of Mr. Jansing,
but when she tried to contact him by phone, there was no
answer. Mr. Munro mentioned another older apartment building
at #1 Duane Street that was built by Mark Ryan, former Redwood
City Fire Chief.
9). Potential Properties for Historic District and/or
Historic Landmark designation
Chairman Rolandelli read off some of the properties from
the list of Potential Properties. Jean Cloud said she would
look at one of the properties, a colonial house on the corner
of Hopkins Avenue and Grand Street. Mr. Munro showed photos
of the old Huling Hospital building (that is now a residence)
on Rutherford Avenue (which is now in the County). The hospital
was originally located along Woodside Road, but was relocated
when Woodside Road was widened in the mid-sixties.
There was some discussion as to what the HRAC should do
with regard to the Potential Properties shown on the list.
Chairman Rolandelli said that the Committee could add other
properties to the list if they want. David LoCoco said that
the old Otis Carrington House at 1800 Whipple Avenue could
qualify for landmark status, particularly since the property
was just sold. Charles Jany reminded the Committee that
this would be for landmark status, not qualification for
the Mills Act.
Hilary Paulson said that if the Downtown Cinema proves
to be successful, many of the nearby historic properties
could be endangered.
M/S Paulson/Pellizer To create a Historic District by designating
114 Stambaugh Street, the William P. Jamieson Building (901
Main Street), 917-921 Main Street, Sunshine Grocery Store
(929 Main Street), and Flynn’s Ford Agency & Garage
(935 Main Street). Motion carried
Mr. Munro asked what would be involved after these properties
are designated for landmark status. Charles Jany instructed
Gary Bonte to send Mr. Munro a copy of the Main Street Historic
There was some discussion as to how Historic District Boundaries
could be established and the criteria for determining these
boundaries and how non-contributing properties are incorporated
into historic districts.
M/S Paulson/Pellizer: To amend the previous Motion and to
create a new Historic District to include Flynn’s
Ford Agency and Garage (935 Main Street), Dessin Bros. –
Barnbauer Motors (1101 Main Street), 114 Stambaugh Street,
William P. Jamieson Building (901 Main Street), 917 –
921 Main Street, Sunshine Grocery (929 Main Street) plus
the Dielman House, the Offerman House (1018 Main Street),
Forester’s Hall, and the Fire House/Library. Motion
M/S LoCoco/Paulson: To also designate as individual Historic
Landmarks the Clifton Motor Company at 847-849 Main Street,
Flynn’s Ford Agency and Garage at 935 Main Street,
and the Otis Carrington House. Motion carried
10). Main Street Historic District Update: Status
of SHPO and NPS Certification
Gary Bonte said he would take black white photos of the
District buildings, since certification requires black and
white rather than color photos.
11). Historic Resources Inventory Update
There is currently nothing new on this item.
12). State Landmark Highway Directional Signs for
Julia Pellizer said that she has contacted CalTrans, but
has not yet received a return phone call.
13). Missing Artifacts from Mezes Plaza site
Ms. Pellizer said she talked to Michael O’Brien.
He was originally going to bring the Inventory of artifacts
on Friday, July 11, but will bring them in on Monday, July
14. There was discussion of how to avoid the problem of
missing artifacts in the future, along with documenting
them. Ms. Pellizer said that Mr. O’Brien was storing
the artifacts at one of his properties.
Charles Jany said that he still has boxes from the 500
Arguello Street excavation, and asked what should be done
with them. Michael Bursak mentioned a commercial storage
company in San Francisco who might store the artifacts for
relatively low cost.
14). Emeritus status for Joanne Thompson
Charles Jany said that he talked with the City Attorney
who said that the Planning Commission would needs to approve
the emeritus status subject to recommendation by the HRAC.
M/S Pellizer/Bursak to grant Emeritus status to Joanne
Thompson. Motion carried.
15). Results of Architectural Treasure Hunt
Julia Pellizer showed all five of the entries for this
year’s Architectural Treasure Hunt. She said that
even though there were only five entries, it is a 200% increase
over last year’s entries. A drawing was made of the
top three winners:
First Place: Danielle Lucienne
Second Place: Sarah Stowell
Third Place: Sarah Morgan
16). Funds/grants available for Dick ‘n’
Charles Jany said that Norman Gilbert of Fast Signs came
in to see him and said that he wants to get the Dick ‘n’
Dale’s sign in working order, but that it needs a
lot of work. He mentioned that it costs a considerable sum
of money to get a neon sign in working order. There was
discussion among the Committee as to what funding sources
might be available.
Michael Bursak showed copies of the thank-you letters to
the people and businesses that donated to the Historic Preservation
Week activities. He asked if all of those involved in these
activities received thank-you letters acknowledging their
participation. Chairman Rolandelli said they had.
Charles Jany mentioned that the two properties in the Franklin
Area are threatened. These properties are 127 Franklin Street
and 103 Wilson Street.
The meeting adjourned at 9:40 P.M. to re-convene at the regularly
scheduled meeting on August 14, 2003 at Redwood City Hall
Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.