Tag Archives: development

SF Mission nonprofit MEDA eyes vacant lot at 22nd and Mission

The Mission Economic Development Agency is moving in on the vacant lot at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets — the site of a February 2015 fire that killed one person and displaced some 60 residents and businesses. The damaged building has since been demolished, leaving a rare — and very large — empty piece of land that is...
Initial designs for affordable housing at 1950 Mission Street.

Fully affordable housing fails to rise in SF’s Mission, and no one knows why

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen received no clear answers at a hearing she called  Monday to figure out why seven fully affordable housing projects in the Mission District are taking so long to break ground. “I’m not seeing that level of prioritization of these projects, and that’s what’s concerning to me,” Ronen said after she questioned officials from the Mayor’s...

Amid housing crisis, SF builds fewer units last year than in 2016

As the mayoral race heats up, the city got some sobering news: despite all the talk about the need for more housing, the city added fewer new units last year than it had in 2016. San Francisco added 4,441 housing units in 2017 — a 12 percent decrease, compared to net additions in 2016. Last year’s additions, however, are well...

SF supervisors thumb noses at SB 827

Board of Supervisors candidate Sonja Trauss escorted off by sheriff’s deputy after wading into crowd of opposing protesters Following dueling press conferences, protests and counter-protests, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday went on record about SB 827, Sen. Scott Weiner’s bill in the California legislature that would reduce restrictions on height and density for residential developments near transit lines. They...

SF nonprofit reveals its plans for derelict building at 18th and Mission

The Mission Economic Development Agency is proposing an eight-and-half-story mixed-use building at the corner of 18th and Mission streets — now the site of a decaying former stove store that could cost the nonprofit as much as $1 million to restore.   As Mission Local reported in December, MEDA bought the building for $6 million, with plans to develop it...

Demolition at 22nd and Harrison offers view of proposed SF greenway

The demolition of the old warehouse on the corner of Harrison and 22nd streets has temporarily opened up a new vista from Harrison Street to the south. There’s nothing but rubble where the white walls of the warehouse once stood, and the illuminated windows and stairwells of the Telco building at 25th and South Van Ness, which were blocked from...

Artists drop out of show hosted by 16th and Mission developers

Mission4All, the organization funded by the developers of the proposed 10-story 380-unit development at 16th and Mission streets, is hosting an event at 16th and Capp this Saturday, in which some 30 local artists, musicians and craftspeople will showcase their work. But already some are dropping out.  Some neighborhood groups are also crying foul, saying that the event – called...

Neighborhood notes: development meeting tonight, Mercedes Benz, and bike baiting

Meeting tonight on a new entertainment center The developers of a new project, the “Albion on 16th,” will hold a community meeting tonight (Friday) to check in about their plans to develop the Superior Auto Body Shop into a single-tenant combination restaurant/entertainment event center.  The meeting will be at the Mission District Station at 6 p.m. Read the history of...

Is the Wash Club building a historic resource to SF’s Mission?

Last week, the Board of Supervisors declined to vote on an appeal of an eight-story, 75-unit project that is to replace a laundromat at 2918 Mission St. Instead, the vote will take place once a study answers the question of whether the building is a historic resource. It will take at least four months. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, in...

Neighborhood Notes: Dolores Park updates and more

As sun shines on Dolores, safety and trash still a concern We’ve come a long way since the Aug. 3 daylight shooting in Dolores Park, most participants agreed at a small Thursday night meeting hosted by the Dolores Park Ambassadors and aimed at the park’s cleanliness and safety. “It felt pretty grim at the end of August,” said District 8...

SF neighbors organize to create a greenway in the Mission

Neighbors of the old Southern Pacific right-of-way between Harrison Street and Treat Avenue have formed the Mission Greenway group to preserve the parcel’s history as a railroad right-of-way and transform the vacant lot into a green space. “We chose the name Mission Greenway because this was formerly a railway and because there are so many other greenways in the city,”...

Neighborhood notes: “Baby Beast,” Son Jarocho Festival, and new art at MCCLA

“Baby Beast” tamed again A 60-unit housing project proposed at 19th and Bryant streets has stalled yet again in the face of fierce community opposition. During a Planning Commission hearing Thursday, community activists, fired up from an anti-gentrification march down Mission Street earlier that day, gave testimony on why the project will ultimately push longtime residents out of the neighborhood....

SF developer plans a nonprofit to build affordable housing faster

Government isn’t moving fast enough on building housing, say developers Joe and Joey Toboni, so the father and son with two market rate projects in the Mission and Mission roots,  are taking matters into their own hands. “What the public and especially the less fortunate would consider to be the government’s role in helping people in need is not happening....

Neighborhood Notes: ‘Monster’ poll, Steven Parr, and dental work for the homeless

‘I Am Not A Monster’ Poll Results We asked readers earlier this week if they thought the “I Am Not A Monster” ad campaign in the 16th and Mission BART station should be removed. Sixty percent of respondents said yes. The poll appeared in our piece about Nancy Ana Lucero, a lifelong resident of San Francisco, who says she was...

SF teacher says she was tricked into ‘I Am Not a Monster’ BART campaign

When Nancy Ana Lucero discovered that her picture appeared in an “I Am Not a Monster” ad at the 16th and Mission BART station, she was furious. It was sometime in September, she recalled; a fellow educator had called her to let her know. “I was shocked,” she told Mission Local in a recent interview. “I thought it was really...