Housing

Housing

Developments in development: Affordable for whom?

Every time the words “affordable housing” are used in local media, commenters appear and argue about the phrase. Either they’re frustrated that, in a region where someone thinks it’s okay to charge people $800 a night to sleep on the floor, nothing is really “affordable.” Or they’re mad that we use the term in reference to city-administered below-market-rate units with...

Planners say flooding fears don’t hold water, approve affordable housing

In a rare specimen of lightning-speed bureaucracy, the Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously re-approved an entirely below market rate building planned for 17th and Folsom streets, dismissing a neighbor’s concerns over flooding in the area. “There couldn’t be any more win-win situation for all,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore. The building, 2060-2070 Folsom Street, has been in the works for years...

Survey: Latino families in Mission struggle, many earn below poverty rate

A survey of 584 households with children in the Mission District and surrounding area shows that while the city overall enjoys low unemployment rates and high incomes, local Latino families experience a starkly different economy. Nearly all of the respondents were Latino and the majority of them were women. Most – 77 percent of the 447 who answered the household...

Developments in development: awkward relief

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction new You know, in a time when San Francisco reportedly saw the biggest year-over-year rent drop in the country and we keep hearing about how rents are slowing down, I really wasn’t expecting to see this monstrosity. Having a shower and toilet directly adjacent to...

Developments in Development: Right, Commodity, or Investment?

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. How should we treat housing? As a commodity like bread or gas? As an investment? As a human right? Writing about development and housing a good deal, my observation has been that these three attitudes toward housing seem to more or less distinguish three...

SF Planners Approve Plan to Curb Gentrification, Extend Interim Controls

San Francisco Planning Commissioners on Thursday approved a land use and policy plan designed to mitigate the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Mission District. The seven commissioners also agreed to a nine-month extension on 14-month-old restrictions that require some projects to undergo more stringent review. The policy plan, called the Mission Action Plan 2020, is the product of...

Development Delayed As SF Commission Wants Less Aggressive Design

A 12-unit building planned to replace an auto repair shop at 15th and Mission streets was sent back to the drawing board on Thursday after a unanimous Planning Commission vote to delay a decision on the project and recommend the developer make design changes. The vote came months after the Mission Economic Development Agency filed a request for a review...

Accelerator Fund Will Help Add Affordable Housing in SF

Five more apartments are about to be preserved as affordable housing by a Mission District nonprofit – and now the city is rolling out an innovative loan program to help nonprofits acquire 1,500 more units in the coming five years. When the building went on the market, “Everything seemed really bleak and scary,” said Emily Kurland, a teacher who lives in the...

Mission and Tenderloin Orgs Will Build Affordable Portion of Bryant St. Project

After years of opposition from neighborhood groups, a major project at 2000 Bryant Street was green-lit September 2016 after providing a portion of its land to the city to build affordable housing. Two agencies have now been awarded the contract to develop that affordable housing: The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). “It’s really...

SF Planning Rules Swirl with Sewage to Clog Affordable Housing Pipeline

All it takes to delay an affordable housing project in San Francisco is $578 and filling out a simple form. Take the case of the affordable housing project at 2060-2070 Folsom Street, where one neighbor’s list of complaints – including one about sewage and flooding – could stall the project for as long as six months. Margaret Eve-Lynne Miyasaki, a...

Debate on Senior Housing Gets Personal, Project Prevails in Appeal

San Francisco Supervisors sent a planned nine-story affordable senior housing project onward toward construction, unanimously rejecting an appeal of its prior approval. The appeal, represented at Tuesday’s hearing by Shotwell Street resident Craig Weber through the Inner Mission Neighborhood Association, raised concerns about adding 94 units of housing without additional parking, about failing to promote mixed-income housing and about crime increases...

Developers of Low-Income Senior Housing Aim for Efficiency

Nonprofit organizations collaboratively planning a building for formerly homeless seniors at 24th and Harrison streets have increased the number of units that could fit in the building to between 45 and 52. Now, they have to balance efficiency with neighbors’ preferences for height and design. To that end, the architects have adjusted their plans since their last report to the...

Developments in Development: Time Lapse

A good chunk of the discussion about housing affordability comes down to how long a tenant has been in a building constructed before 1979  – 30 days to secure tenants rights and the longer you’ve been in one place, the cheaper your rent is likely to be. But there is also the market. For a long while I’ve been under...

Housing, Legal Groups Outline Immigrant Rights When Facing ICE

Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit housing developer, has put its building managers on notice that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are not welcome on Mission Housing property. Moreover, the agency, which operates some 35 buildings housing 3000 tenants, has started a series of workshops to help undocumented immigrants know their rights. One of the precautions is to prohibit building...

Listen Local: Building Affordable Housing

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. In this week’s episode, we chatted with Mission Housing Development Corporation director Sam Moss to talk about what it takes to build and maintain affordable housing and what obstacles come up – like the opposition that has...