Tag Archives: Mission Economic Development Agency

Nonprofit developer focuses on families at 16th Street project

In its layout, aesthetic and on-site services, the new housing complex planned for 16th and Folsom streets will be geared emphatically toward housing families. Up until 2008, the site operated as the shipping warehouse for a large-scale bakery. Representatives for the developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, as well as the architect and landscaper, told...

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...

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...

Dance Mission Theater Plans New Home at 16th and Mission

Dance Mission Theater has its eyes on a new home – one they’re going to build with the help of a local union and the Mission Economic Development Agency. MEDA has brokered a deal between the dance organization and UFCW 64, a union that owns the property where it has offices at 1980 Mission Street near 16th Street. Though plans...

SF Nonprofits Seal Deal to Keep Tenants in Place

The San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Mission Economic Development Agency today announced the conclusion of a deal in the works since last summer that will preserve five multi-unit buildings citywide, two of them in the Mission, as perpetually affordable housing. The buildings, one of which houses renowned Mission artist Rene Yañez and his family, were formerly owned by...

Mission Families “Get Connected” to Tech

In a room labeled Mission Techies Lab, a group of technology interns had their hands full.  They were trying to resolve some technical issues that Mission District community members visiting for the day had with their phones.  At a table near the front of the room, a Mission Techie intern patiently walked a visibly frustrated woman through the steps of accessing her smartphone’s voicemail. “Information...

SF Officials Unveil Plan for Mission Moratorium

After much speculation on how exactly Proposition I, the 18-month pause on market-rate development in the Mission District, would help combat the city’s housing crisis, proponents of the measure presented their framework for affordable housing during a press conference yesterday. “The way that the city and county of San Francisco is doing planning today doesn’t really make sense,” said Supervisor...

SF Residents Opine on the Mission Moratorium

Early voting starts today, and of all the housing measures on the November ballot, perhaps none is more contentious than Prop. I, the Mission moratorium. The measure, which requires a simple majority to pass, would pause all market-rate housing for 18 months and prevent the conversion of light industrial space, known as production, distribution, and retail (PDR), in the Mission District....

101 New Affordable Units Approved for SF’s Mission

Just five weeks after 1950 Mission Street was approved for 165 units of affordable housing, 101 new affordable units will be coming to the former parking lot at 2070 Folsom St. They will be built via a joint partnership between the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CDC). This brings the number of affordable housing units approved for the...

Mission Moratorium will go on November Ballot

The Mission District Housing Moratorium, which calls for an 18-month-long pause on the development of luxury housing in the Mission, received enough signatures to be put on the ballot in November, the San Francisco Department of Elections confirmed on Tuesday. The petition, which received 15,006 signatures by the July 6 filing deadline after weeks of canvasing, was written by tenant’s...

Changing Management Gives Public Housing Tenants New Hope

Public housing in the city as we know it is coming to an end — that is, it will become largely nonprofit owned and operated within the next two years as part of a national rehabilitation effort. Tenants at the Mission Dolores Senior Apartments are tentatively optimistic about the change. “Anybody would be better than the housing authority,” said Walker...

Enter the Void: New Buildings, Vacant Storefronts

In the Mission this past year, at least four large mixed-use developments have opened their glittering modern doors for amenity-rich housing to those who can afford it (and, in the case of about 50 out of 270 households, those who got lucky in an affordable housing lottery). In almost every case, before a building has even finished construction, the market-rate...

To Halt Evictions, City May Become Landlord

When a landlord sells their rent-controlled building it can strike fear into the hearts of longtime tenants with low rents—eviction notices, buyouts, or worse may not be far off depending on whoever the buyer is. But landlords looking to sell should take note, there’s a new buyer in town: the Mayor’s Office of Housing. Announced late last week, the Mayor...