City and County of San FranciscoSan Francisco Arts Commission

Monday, November 18, 2002


3:00 p.m.

Suite 70, Conference Room

25 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco 94102

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during regular business hours.


The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m.

  1. Role Call:

    Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon, Andrea Cochran

    Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, Andrea Cochran

    Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor

    PHASE 1

    Stanley So, architect, DPW BOA explained that the proposed project was to replace an existing water tank in the Exclesior District. The new tank will be 28' in diameter and 80' tall and will meet current CalOSHA requirements. It will be set back further on the hill to minimize the visual impact. The new tank will incorporate communistion attenaes used by MUNI and the PUC. Mr. So explained that the old tank will be demolished following the completion of the new tank. Mr. So introduced John Dennis to present the landscape design.

    John Dennis, landscape architect, DPW BOE Landscape Division explained that the landscape design strategy was to improve the path of approach to the tank, provide a safer entry/exit for utility workers, increase security with a new chain link fence and to plant native speices to complement the existing McClaren Park landscape. Mr. Dennis explained that the community voiced concern about the aesthetics of the cahin link fence. He explained that the fence was to intended to provide a secure perimeter around the tank to minimize vandalism and any other tampering. The fence was also intended to help define a public viewing are at the top of the hill.

    Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment.

    Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment.

    Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that the design was satisfactory>

    Commissioner Freebairn-Smith aske if there had been any significant community input regarding the possibility of reuseing the tank versus replacement, the use of green material and the possible reuse of the existing tank material in the case of its demolishion.

    Mr. So responded that The Friends of Mc Claren Park had been involded in the process and the most significant comment was regarding the look of the chain link fence. He explained that his team was exploring other options. Mr. So commented that lead containing paint was used on the existing tank and that prohibited the reuse of any of the materials. He also stated that the primary reason for replacing the tank was to mitgate the risk of failure during a seismic event.

    Commissioner Meyer commented that the color selected was an issue for him. He stated that he would like to see color studies for the tank and the accessory structures like the stairs and fence.

    Motion: Freebairn-Smith

  3. Adjournment

    Meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.