Historic Resources Advisory Committee Minutes
Minutes for the Meeting on June 10, 2004
City Council Chambers
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Munro, H.
Paulson , Chair Rolandelli; M. Bursak and J. Pellizer, and
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: J. Cloud
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: C. Jany and S. Shaw
APPROVAL OF APRIL 8, 2004 MINUTES
M/S: (Paulson/Pellizer) to approve the Minutes
Motion Passed with one abstention (Committee Member
ORAL COMMUNICATIONS – None
Chair Rolandelli inquired about Mrs. Jean Cloud. Staff said
that Mrs. Cloud had to undergo a second operation, and would
be in Sequoia Hospital Rehabilitation (Room 52) until Saturday,
June 12, 2004. All wished her well.
226 Edgewood Road, Cottage Alteration
The Committee discussed the relationship between the main
house and the proposed alterations to the accessory structure/cottage.
After a brief presentation from Mr. Jesse Guerse, Architect
for Property Owners, the following general comments (which
were made by the Committee) included support for the proposed
siding and roofing improvements; however, the Committee felt
that the proposed elevations were too elaborate and cluttered
for the accessory structure, and that the main landmark should
remain as the focus. Simplification of the architectural vocabulary
should include the shed roofs, the Doric Columns, and fenestration.
Action on this item was continued to a special on-site meeting,
subject to the Applicants providing photos and/or research
records for the subject structure.
Alhambra Theater and Ballroom: Mills Act Discussion
Mr. John Anagnostou, Property Owner, presented his plans to
bring back the historic theater and ballroom, and confirmed
his intent to rebuild the building (after significant fire
damage) as close as possible to the 1896 interior plans.
Discussion followed regarding the removal and relocation
of the original bathrooms, as well as, window repair. Any
changes shall be submitted for review by the HRAC, prior to
Mr. Anagnostou expressed his concern regarding the 3rd floor
windows, which needed to be made safe.
Mr. Anagnostou also expressed his concerns about the parking
requirements for reconstruction work of all historic buildings
in the Downtown, as well as the potential re-assessments at
the time of the building permit.
The Committee concluded that, in the event that the reconstruction
did not trigger a re-assessment, a Mills Act contract would
not be beneficial to Mr. Anagnostou.
National Preservation Week Update Recap
Chair Rolandelli reported that the event was a complete success,
and included close to 500 7th grade students who toured three
landmark properties and were fed lunch. The Committee thanked
everyone involved, including Mr. Anagnostou, for their support.
Mr. Anagnostou replied that he wanted to see this event “grow”
(i.e., 500 students to 5,000 students).
Chair Rolandelli explained that because of School budget
cuts, the transportation of the children was the controlling
factor, and that a grant could be made available in the future.
Properties for Historic District and/or Historic
Staff reported that this item (Carrington House) would possibly
be going before the Planning Commission sometime in July.
Committee Member Lococo said he would be working on preparing
the proposed Landmark District Boundaries .
Historic Resources Inventory update
Staff reported that the IT Department is still working on
converting the database.
Main Street Historic District update; Status of SHPO
and NPS Certification
Staff reported, that a third version of the Main Street Document
containing black & white original prints was sent to SHPO
by certified mail, last week. Staff thanked the Committee
for their patience throughout this process.
Historic Courthouse project update, EIR process
The Committee discussed the “Notice of Preparation”
for the EIR involving the Courthouse Façade Restoration
and Plaza Project. The Committee expressed concerns regarding
any potential misrepresentation of the project details, including
the portico steps. Staff explained that Circa Consultants
are working closely with SHPO to insure that such concerns
The Committee requested that Staff set up a brief meeting
with the Consultant to clarify this matter.
Committee Member Paulson reported that the next Planning Commission
meeting Tuesday, June 15, 2004, will be a Study Session on
Office Conversions, and that the next General Plan Update
will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at the Peninsula
M/S: (Pellizer/Bursak) to adjourn the meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m., to reconvene at its next
regular meeting of July 8, 2004, 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Council