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With the rebuilding of San Francisco’s Hunters View public housing development having kicked-off in 2010, a resolution authorizing the financing for phase two is slated to be approved next week.

Up to $45,000,000 of residential mortgage revenue bonds will be issued to finance the construction of 107 affordable housing units and a small park on Blocks 7 and 11 along West Point Road:

Specifically, Block 7 will include 50 units, with both apartments and row houses due to the steep topography. There will be 4 fully accessible flats, 23 adaptable flats, 1 “supervisitable” and 2 “visitable” row houses [for disabled tenants]. Also, there will be three 3-story buildings, one 5-story building and a central courtyard area.

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Block 11 will include 57 units—7 row houses and 50 apartment homes. Five of the flats will be fully accessible, and 43 flats will be adaptable. One row house will be “supervisitable.” Interior courtyard space will be activated by podium-level planters and plots for individual gardens and gathering spaces between buildings. There will be 53 podium level parking spaces provided in both Blocks 7 and 11.

Eighty (80) of the new units will be offered to households with incomes below 80% of the Area Median Income, twenty-six (26) will be set aside for households with incomes at or below 50% of the area median, and one will be occupied by an on-site manager.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Greg

    $421K per unit seems like a pretty steep build cost for “affordable” units.

  2. Posted by Mark

    Can only imagine what will happen in those “gathering spots.” Certainly not a game of canasta.

  3. Posted by lyqwyd

    I could be wrong, but I believe that is just the construction cost, not the land acquisition cost…

  4. Posted by Drew

    Yay, more concentrated poverty.
    Why don’t they mix market rate with affordable units? It seems unsustainable to put poor people in one place — we will be back where we started in thirty years time.
    Public housing should be encouraged, but only if it is well mixed with market rate housing.
    [Editor's Note: See first link above with respect to the inclusion of market rate housing (of which over 200 units are planned).]

  5. Posted by sf

    ^ Because middle class people want nothing to do with the poverty in which they came from?

  6. Posted by Sid

    421k for construction before the cost overruns hit. And we know they will for sure. Non profit development like this enriches certain people in the city and winds up costing more per unit then market rate housing.

  7. Posted by Adam

    Oh my goodness! Cars, parked on the street, with no apparent meters or restrictions! And nobody has complained yet!

  8. Posted by Serge

    Can modern cookie cutter “architecture” get any more bland? I am not trying to be an armchair architect, but purely from an aesthetics standpoint, these buildings lack all imagination and character.

  9. Posted by formidable doer of the nasty

    Serge, this is a ghetto. The residents will more than make up for the lack of imagination and character.

  10. Posted by poor.ass.millionaire

    Serge, go out there and see the housing there now. It’s two degrees shy of a shantytown. Hopefully they will also screen out the troublemakers, and leave the decent, law abiding residents in place. Like they did on the Cesear Chavez projects- there are still some probs there, but 90% less than the crapola housing that was there before.

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