Demolition of Historic Structures

My Detective friend told me this;

“When is doubt, follow the money trail!”

I am their worst nightmare come true! I am THE HEIR to the history of the California Barrel Company founded and operated by the Koster family. There is a long history of Heirs like me objecting to the tearing down of structures related to our families. How many lawsuits have been filed? How many were successful in stopping this destruction? This is why THE IMPOSTERS will not acknowledge – I EXIST! They will not be civil to me – because of THE COST to them!

Above is the photo of a man looking at tombstones that were removed from the graves of the dead, they paid  for my their loving kindred. One of them might be the marker of Augustus Stuttmeister, the wife of  William Oltman Stuttmeister, who attended the first dental college located in San Francisco. In our family tree, he was William F. Broderick’s father-in-law. It cost him a small fortune to move his loved ones to Colma and put them in the family tomb! Where are our tombstones?

John Presco

Click to access 2017-011878ENV_ARC.pdf

The proposed project includes the demolition of about 20 existing buildings on the property, including four historic resources: Station A, the Gate House, the Meter House, and the Compressor House. As discussed above, Station A, the Meter House and the Compressor house are individually-eligible resources and contributors to the Third Street Industrial Historic District. The Gate House is not individually-eligible but is a district contributor. The proposed project retains and seismically stabilizes the 300-foot tall Boiler Stack, and repurposes it as ground floor retail space occupying approximately 1,000 square feet, including adding openings to the stack structure. Under the proposed project, the project sponsor would repurpose and convert the Unit 3 power block on Block 9 into a hotel, if feasible. Repurposing and converting Unit 3 would involve the removal of obsolete mechanical equipment, including the boiler and control room. The structure would not exceed the existing height of the 150-feet concrete elevator shaft, though two additional floors would be added, creating a 10-story building. In some areas, the building envelope would increase to create a floor plate suitable for a hotel.  The reuse of the building may not meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for

CEQA HISTORIC RESOURCES EVALUATION The proposed project site includes three extant and previously documented individuallyeligible properties to the California Register of Historical Resources (CRHR): the Meter House, the Compressor House, and Station A. These resources are significant under Criterion 1 (Events) for the association with the development of power generation and the early history of PG&E.

The Meter House, the Compressor House, Station A, and the Gate House were also found to contribute to the CRHR-eligible Third Street Industrial District. The Third Street Industrial District is significant under Criterion 1 (Events) for association with the industrial development of the City of San Francisco and under Criterion 3 (Architecture) based on its collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American industrial buildings and structures that remain substantially intact. The contributors identified on the project site are specifically associated with the history of power generation on the City’s waterfront and are a significant example of masonry industrial architecture in the Classical style.

Stuttmeister Tomb in Colma

A curator for the Oakland Museum called me yesterday and asked me to e-mail him the photograph of my kinfolk having a picnic in the Oakland Hills. I had just returned from Dot Dotsons in Eugene where Jo framed a enlargement of this historic event in a antique frame I purchased. She did a splendid job!Thanks to the Trust my uncle Vincent Rice left me, I have more funds to investigate and record my lost family history. Being poor I have had to endure hardship in order to visit my newfound daughter and newborn grandson in California. Tyler’s father was not there for his son, so when I went to see him for the first time I made a point to ground him in the history of my father’s people whom I and my cousin had just discovered were in a tomb at Cypress Lawn in Colma.

We three were the first kin to enter this tomb in many years. Tyler took an early lunch when Heather breast-fed her son on a marble bench facing the Tiffany window. Afterwards we went atop a hill and had a picnic next to these beautiful angels. Heather told me Tyler remembers being there. I was amazed when I saw his eyes follow a plane in the sky, and then smile.

My friend, Joy, had given me a special AA coin with the image of an angel on it for my late sister, Christine Rosamond, that I slipped into a crack made by an earthquake.

When we drove through San Francisco on our way home, I told Heather this was her and Tyler’s town now, for the Stuttmeisters are listed as a pioneer family, and made the Blue Book. In some respects, this was a Baptism.

In addition, the Historic Resources Evaluation (HRE) Part 1 by Page & Turnbull (February 2018), attached to this memo, found that Unit 3 and the Boiler Stack contributed to the Third Street Industrial District with an extended period of significance of 1872 to 1965. All six buildings are considered historic resources for the purposes of the CEQA, Public Resources Code section 21000 et seq. Page & Turnbull evaluated the other buildings, structures, and landscape features on the site and found them to be ineligible for listing in the California Register individually or as part of a historic district or cultural landscape in association with either the Spreckels’ sugar refinery or the Pacific Gas & Electric power station.

The Department concurs with the historic resources identified by Page & Turnbull. These properties summarized in the below table are therefore considered historic resources for the purpose of review under CEQA. Additional descriptions of the identified historic resources can be found in the attached HRE Report, Part 1, prepared by Page & Turnbull.

Resource Name
Period  of Significance
Historic Resource Applicable Criteria
Compressor House
ca.1924 Individually eligible CRHR Criterion 1 (Events); Contributor to Third Street Industrial District  Gate House  ca.1914 Contributor to Third Street Industrial District Meter House ca.1902 Individually eligible CRHR Criterion 1 (Events); Contributor to Third Street Industrial District Station A 1901-02;  1930-31 Individually eligible CRHR Criterion 1 (Events); Contributor to Third Street Industrial District  Unit 3 1965 Contributor to Third Street Industrial District Unit 3 Boiler Stack 1965 Contributor to Third Street Industrial District

PROJECT DESCRIPTION The proposed project is located on an approximately 29.0-acre site along San Francisco’s Central Waterfront, encompassing the site of the former Potrero Power Plant that closed in 2011. California Barrel Company LLC, the Sponsor, seeks to redevelop the site for a proposed multi-phased, mixed-use development, and to activate a new waterfront open space. The proposed project would provide for development of residential, commercial (including office, research and development [R&D]/life science, retail, hotel, and production, distribution, and repair [PDR]), parking, community facilities, and open space land uses. Overall, the proposed project would construct up to approximately 5.3 million gross square feet of new uses. The proposed project would include amendments to the General Plan and Planning Code, creating a new Potrero Power Station Special Use District (SUD). The proposed rezoning would modify the existing height limits of 40 and 65 feet to various heights ranging from 65 to 300 feet. Most new buildings would range in height from 65 to 180 feet, with one building at 300 feet. Approximately 6.3 acres would be devoted to publicly accessible open space.

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