Housing

Housing

"Don't hate me!" Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Video: SF Mission Homeless React to Tent Ban

Frustrations over San Francisco’s homeless encampments became palpable on November 8 when voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition Q, a ballot measure that allows city workers to clear the city’s sidewalks of tents with a 24-hour notice. The measure dictates that encampment residents forced to relocate are connected with shelter and storage for their personal property. But with not nearly enough housing or shelter...
File photo: A kite flies in the sky over Dolores Park.

Developments in Development: Take a Breath

It has been a week full of revelations on the housing front, but before I get into that, let’s take a moment to consider that rents have dipped, again. At least that is what Curbed reports based on an overview of realty sites’ estimates of asking rents at currently vacant apartments. Also, while fur often flies in the world of...
The historic facade of the Superior Automotive auto garage at 3140 16th St. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Shrunken Mission Project Eliminates Housing Units

What may have been the most expensive development purchase in San Francisco in 2014 — to replace a shuttered auto shop in the Mission District — has eliminated all of its housing units, going from 28 units to none within two years. The parcel at 3140 16th St., the former Superior Automotive shop, was acquired by Mx3 Ventures in 2014 for...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users in Shelters Get Health Department Nod

Traduccion en español aquí. Sites where drug users can safely inject or where alcoholics’ consumption is regulated received a warmer than expected endorsement at a hearing Thursday afternoon about progress toward the city’s six Navigation Centers. While the expansion of navigation centers, like the rest of the city’s budget, is running up against a shortfall the Department of Public Health...
The view from Cesar Chavez Street of 1296 Shotwell St. Design by Herman Coliver Locus.

Senior Housing on Shotwell Brings Foes Together

It was a rare moment of accord at City Hall on Thursday, as activists frequently on opposite sides of San Francisco’s housing wars buried their hatchets to jointly support a Mission District affordable housing project contested by its neighbors. The project went before the Planning Commission to seek a height bonus, which would allow it to go to 85 feet in...
A mock up of the project at 1500 15th St. Design by Prime Design.

Mission Activists and YIMBYs Clash Over 184-Unit Building on 15th Street

At a community meeting held Wednesday night, activists opposed to an eight-story, 184-unit Mission District housing project doubled down, insisting that making 25 percent of its units affordable was not enough. “When you come to the Mission and say 25 percent is good, the answer is no it’s not,” said Rick Hall, a neighborhood activist, to applause from the eight or so...
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Developments in Development: Turmoil Ahead?

San Franciscans, I think, have long had a sense that somehow homelessness here is worse than elsewhere – while theories about why that might be vary, to say the least, there seems to be some proof that the concentration of homeless individuals here is higher than in other cities. Here’s one stat to back that up: Curbed reports that San...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

One Camp Cleared, But Bed Shortage Looms in SF Mission

Traduccion en español aquí. A homeless encampment around 15th and Treat streets in the Mission District has been partially cleared despite the fact that the city is short on beds in which to place them. The area, which was scheduled to be cleared by today, has been split into two smaller areas to work on piece by piece, said a...
File photo: The view going up Dolores Street on a cloudy day.

Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

San Francisco’s Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s five-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction.  The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August,...
The proposed development at 1515 South Van Nes Ave. Design by BDE Architecture.

In Stunner, City Strikes Down Major Mission Project

In a surprise reversal of its previous decisions, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to delay a major, 157-unit Mission District housing project on South Van Ness Avenue near 26th Street. Supervisor David Campos said he changed his mind at the last-minute and moved to support the appeal and delay the project after hearing “hateful and divisive” comments during the...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Developments in Development: Rays of Light

Yes, rents are still nuts, yes, only the rich can afford to move here…and yet, most of what I’ve seen floating around this week is kinda positive. I don’t mean to diminish the crisis. Bloomberg has a dispatch from another rent comparison study that really brings it home that yes, San Francisco is officially the most expensive city in the...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Battery Explodes, Starts Fire in One Unit in SF Mission

Firefighters quickly controlled a small blaze inside a top floor apartment in a multi-story residential building on Folsom Street near 24th Street Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported and firefighters indicated nobody would be displaced. One firefighter on the scene said the apparent cause was an overheated battery for an electric bicycle, though he did not know how the overheating occurred. A tenant...
A mock up of the project at 1500 15th St. Design by Prime Design.

Developer Pitches 184 Units of Dorm-Like Housing in Mission District

A Kansas-based developer has set his sights on the Mission District with a proposal to build an eight-story shared living complex at on the corner of 15th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. The 184-unit project at 1500 15th St., one of the largest planned for the neighborhood, would be only studios, with shared kitchens and lounges on each floor...
The empty lot at 490 South Van Ness Ave. that will hold up to 89 units of affordable housing. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Developers Hope to Squeeze More Units on Mission Affordable Housing Site

A Mission District-based non-profit housing developer and its partner have won the rights to develop up to 89 units of affordable housing at the corner of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, the city announced on Thursday. The site’s developers, however, said the 89-unit count was a maximum and could be lowered if too much time or costs is...