The affordable Maceo May Apartment building has officially opened at 55 Cravath Street on Treasure Island, San Francisco. The six-story modular infill has 104 units dedicated to veterans and their families, a manager’s unit, and amenities. Swords to Plowshares and Chinatown Community Development Center are joint developers.
The project is named after the first Board President of One Treasure Island as well as Swords to Plowshares’ first Housing Director and a Vietnam War veteran. Michael Blecker, Executive Director at Swords to Plowshares, reflected that the project “transforms a former military base into a restorative place for veterans.” He expressed that “it is a fitting tribute to its namesake, Swords to Plowshares’ first director of housing, Maceo May, who was a trailblazer for supportive housing.”
At the official opening ceremony for the apartments held earlier this month, Mayor London Breed told the crowd, “having lived on Treasure Island myself, I understand firsthand what this community means for residents already living here.” She went on to say “we need to build more housing at different affordability levels in the City, and we need to build them now.”
Mithun is responsible for the building and landscape architecture. The firm described that Maceo May Apartments will offer “a range of common areas, from gathering spaces to healing gardens, to serve a diverse population of Veterans who have recently experienced homelessness and families with young children.”
The six-story structure will yield around 104,500 square feet for housing. Unit sizes will vary with studios, one-bedrooms, and two bedrooms. Amenities will include on-site services, a community room, laundry, parking for cars and bicycles, outdoor common areas, a pet run, a garden, a playground, and a barbecue.
Sherry Williams, Executive Director of One Treasure Island, said “this building represents just the beginning of the exciting growth of this equitable, diverse and thriving San Francisco neighborhood.” Indeed, the building is just the first to pop up for the new urban neighborhood. At full build-out, Treasure Island could have around 8,000 homes around 300 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, and cultural spaces.
The project was pushed forward with close collaboration between the developers, One Treasure Island, and Treasure Island Community Development. Cahill Contractors was responsible for construction. Additional team members include California Housing Partnership, and the Design Studio Gonzalo Castro.