New building permits have been filed for the 15-story affordable senior housing at 1939 Market Street in San Francisco. The filing by Paulett Taggart Architects estimates construction to cost around $157 million. While the plans remain preliminary, the application shows progress within the planning department.
Mercy Housing is responsible for the application. Mercy is co-partnered with Openhouse, a nonprofit provider of LGBTQ senior services in the city, as a development team. The proposal will bring new affordable senior housing to the Mint Hill neighborhood in the heart of the city, close to the Mission District, the Castro, Civic Center, Duboce Triangle, and Lower Haight.
The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development has marked 1939 Market Street as a high priority for approval. Mercy has also filed to utilize Senate Bill 35 to expedite approval. The property was purchased by the City of San Francisco in 2020 for $12 million.
Paulett Taggart Architects is responsible for the design, working with associate architect Y.A. Studio. The grid pattern exterior emphasizes its verticality, culminating with a dramatic flatiron edge. Current plans have a restrained color palette for the exterior, contrasted by a pastel color flair along the ground floor. PTA has had 25 years of experience in the Bay Area, with particular focus on designing low-income housing to work for the residents and community-based non-profits. YA Studio will contribute focus on innovative and modern design techniques.
TS Studio is responsible for landscape architecture, which includes improvements along the streetscape, the second-floor shared terrace, and each balcony. Construction management will be led by RCM, with civil engineering by Sherwood, structural engineering by KPFF, and MEP consulting by Meyers+.
The 159-foot tall structure will yield around 141,630 square feet, with 1,520 square feet for ground-floor commercial retail space and 1,590 square feet of usable open space. Parking will be included for 23 bicycles and no cars. Unit sizes will vary with 106 studios, 80 one-bedrooms, and one two-bedroom. Units will be offered for residents earning between 15-60% of the Area’s Median Income. The application uses the State Density Bonus program to increase residential capacity above base zoning.
Two planning applications have been filed regarding the project profile and lot line adjustments within the planning department. The new building permit will now be under review. Once the project is fully approved, the department will issue the permit to the developer, allowing construction to begin. An estimated timeline for construction and completion has not yet been established.
Thanks to the fast-tracking of project review and approval, staff believe the project may conclude the planning and entitlements process early next year. Writing to YIMBY, Mercy has shared that construction is expected to start in the Fall of 2024, with completion roughly two years later.