1880 Mission
Approved by the Planning Department in 2005 following an agreement to reduce the required income to 80 percent of adjusted median for the 20 percent of units to be designated affordable (already up from the typical 12), development on the 194-unit Mission Gardens at 1880 Mission at 15th is now slated to break ground next spring.
Avant Housing acquired the development in 2009 and was granted a two-year entitlement extension through the fall of 2011. The units will be rentals.
UPDATE: With respect to questions about design, we can only point to a rather old (and unfortunately rather small) rendering by Forum Design:
1880 Mission Old Rendering
We would, however, be surprised if the design hasn’t changed a bit since. Tipsters?
Avant digs in on housing venture [Business Times]

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  1. Posted by curmudgeon

    What don’t I understand about this? 1800 Mission Street should be the Armory, shouldn’t it? Of is this the derelict buildings to the south of the armory, which are at the high 1800’s end of the block?

  2. Posted by curmudgeon

    oops, not enough coffee…I was reading 1800. Answered my own question.
    [Editor’s Note: If it makes you feel any better, it appears the Business Times printed 1800.]

  3. Posted by hugh

    it’s that big/cool/dilapidated/abandoned Victorian printing plant.
    are there any plans/renderings?

  4. Posted by curmudgeon

    wood over concrete podium according to the business times. damn…I wish they’d do something a little more expensive at this location. Still, it should be a great project…it’s a perfect place for more rental housing. Bit by bit, the area around 16th and Mission is getting nicer, and this well help.

  5. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: With respect to the design, we can only point to a rather old (and unfortunately rather small) rendering by Forum Design which has been added above.
    We would, however, be surprised if the design hasn’t changed a bit since.

  6. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    “We would, however, be surprised if the design hasn’t changed a bit since”
    true, as the renderings look like some sort of Michael Graves post-mod knock off from the 1990s.

  7. Posted by Spencer

    they are throwing in unlimited $20 crack rocks and unlimited hypodermic needles with every purchase.

  8. Posted by gabriel

    I certainly hope there’s a new design.. perhaps something ALOT less gimmicky and Suburban.
    We can only hope!

  9. Posted by Bubs

    Well, the Planning Commission approved the extension based on the original design. So don’t expect any major changes.

  10. Posted by Dan

    Spencer, no purchase is necessary: these are rentals.
    As rentals, if done right, these will be popular: just 1 block from BART for an easy commute, and a short walk to dozens of bars and restaurants.

  11. Posted by citicritter

    surprise surprise: more worse-than-mediocre dated design for SF…

  12. Posted by joh

    Bit by bit, the area around 16th and Mission is getting nicer, and this well help.
    Totally agree. I think that despite the bearish outlook on SF real estate, the Mission area is definitely worth considering. There is so much momentum going forward in the Mission that I think it just might outperform SF as a whole over the next several years.

  13. Posted by clearview

    I am totally excited about this project in my neighborhood.The Mission needs big new projects like this to bring street life to the community, especially this corner. The project across the street also by Forum Design has been a major positive addtion to our area. I like the colors and the modern feel of the building. Let’s hope it gets built.

  14. Posted by clearview

    I am totally excited about this project in my neighborhood.The Mission needs big new projects like this to bring street life to the community, especially this corner. The project across the street also by Forum Design has been a major positive addtion to our area. I like the colors and the modern feel of the building. Let’s hope it gets built.

  15. Posted by 45yo hipster

    ^ I’m with you clearview. Although the design could be cooler, this corner really needs a new building and new life. I own a rental property nearby. I suppose I would prefer that the units were for sale, as this will be rental competition. And given the large number of units, they will always have a vacancy. Then again, my bldg is a 4 unit Victorian, so perhaps we will attract different clientel. But the key point is that the walk from 15th to 16th on mission will be much improved with this addition, making my building even more desirable. Cool beans!

  16. Posted by hugh

    oh lord. it’s dreadful.
    i lived on that block briefly. it will definitely benefit from throwing 100+ units of (presumably) relatively well adjusted people into the demographic mix.
    but aesthetically, it’s tragic. especially considering it’s replacing such a historic (if dilapidated) structure.
    love that it’s called Mission Gardens. It’s so dense that there’s no way a garden can exist. a garden of palms on the sidewalk?

  17. Posted by sfhaps

    an homage to the Valencia Gardens project?

  18. Posted by curmudgeon

    Or Woodward Gardens? The victorian era pleasure garden that used to be in the area? Perhaps Valencia Gardens was an homage to Woodward Gardens. Wouldn’t that be interesting…a memory or a memory.

  19. Posted by curmudgeon

    Outdoor gardens were very popular in San Francisco in the mid-1800’s. There were a handful of others already in the city, but none would ever be as elaborate or popular as Woodward’s. The motto of his gardens was “Education, Recreation and Amusement.” Woodward said many times that he just wanted to provide ordinary folks with education and entertainment.
    The property was two large city blocks in size, bordered by Mission, Valencia, 13th and 15th streets. In order to make things more convenient for the visitors, Woodward built a tunnel under 14th Street, allowing people to walk from one block to the other without having to cross an outside street. Admission was 25-cents for adults and 10-cents for children.

  20. Posted by 45yo hipster

    I just googled Woodward gardens, selected pictures. Wow! What a trip to see the size, elevation and elaborate structures that once stood where the armory and it’s surroundings are today. Great historical photos:
    http://www.google.com/images?q=woodward%20gardens&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

  21. Posted by Tiny Tim

    “…I own a rental property nearby. I suppose I would prefer that the units were for sale, as this will be rental competition. And given the large number of units, they will always have a vacancy…”
    What a selfish attitude! Keep those rents sky high for your greedy self. Keep the market super tight.
    Let’s rid the City of low and middle income people.

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