Demolition Permits Filed for Affordable Teacher Housing in Mission District, San Francisco

2205 Mission Street, rendering via MEDA2205 Mission Street, rendering via MEDA

Demolition permits have been filed for the existing structure at 2205 Mission Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. The project will replace the existing damaged building with 63 affordable for-sale apartments for teacher workforce housing. The project developer, Mission Economic Development Agency, expects to start demolition this October, with completion by 2025.

The project was recently highlighted by J.K. Dineen for the San Francisco Chronicle after Mayor London Breed announced $32 million of funding for 2205 Mission Street and 750 Golden Gate Avenue by Hayes Valley. The funding will come from Proposition I. Both projects will provide housing for teachers within the SFUSD system. Most recently, the city was able to celebrate MidPen’s groundbreaking for the Shirley Chisholm Village Educator Housing in the Sunset District nearly one year ago.

2205 Mission Street pedestrian view, rendering via MEDA

2205 Mission Street pedestrian view, rendering via MEDA

The 88-foot tall structure will yield around 66,070 square feet, with 63,140 square feet for housing, 1,110 square feet for a child daycare unit, and 2,620 square feet for an institutional community space at the corner of Mission and 18th. The ground level includes an outdoor courtyard and bicycle parking. Of the 63 units, 31 will be sold as affordable to households earning around 80% of the Area Median Income, three for households earning around 105% AMI, 11 for households earning 120% AMI, and 18 for 130% AMI households. MEDA will also connect prospective residents with homebuyer resources like Teacher’s Next Door, Neighborhood Lift, FHLB, and Section 8. Apartment sizes will vary, with 46 one-bedrooms and 17 two-bedrooms.

2205 Mission Street ground-level floor plan, illustration via MEDA

2205 Mission Street ground-level floor plan, illustration via MEDA

Gelfand Partners Architects is responsible for the design. New renderings show the design has been simplified, with white and grey stucco contrasted with blue window shades. A mural will be included along 18th Street and above the Mission Street entrance.

2205 Mission Street existing condition, image via Google Street View

2205 Mission Street existing condition, image via Google Street View

The 0.22-acre parcel is located at the corner of Mission Street and 18th Street in the heart of the busy neighborhood. The 16th Street BART Station is just two blocks away. New building permits were filed in January 2021, and the project received final approvals in September of the same year. According to the project application, construction is expected to last 17 months for an estimated $43.5 million. That projected cost is not inclusive of all development expenses.

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10 Comments on "Demolition Permits Filed for Affordable Teacher Housing in Mission District, San Francisco"

  1. Anthony Snyder | August 18, 2023 at 7:00 am | Reply

    I’m all for investment on Mission St. I understand the gentrification concerns but the street conditions are not worth it in my opinion… although unless they get the tagging and graffiti under control, those windows don’t stand a chance.

    • people who vandalize only do so on old crappy low kept propoerties, this new building will be a savior to this corner. no more stolen tool market, toothpaste stands! its a shame the SF officials took so long to make somethign of this corner. but could be that this never actually happens.

  2. Thanks Andrew! Any idea when 750 Golden Gate Avenue will start?

  3. Wow exciting this is being built and the teachers definitely deserve this. It is a shame however that they need this — we need to be paying teachers a competitive salary for where they teach. Both the teachers and our children deserve this (especially since school administrators get paid normal office worker salaries).

  4. On one hand, I prefer a more fluid market. Build more units, period, rather than designate some as ‘affordable’ and then a subset of those as ‘for teachers’. That is just more layers of red tape.

    At the same time, if all the tenants are teachers, perhaps that helps each of them become better teachers from getting to know teachers across other schools.

  5. I guess it’s cheaper to build housing than paying our teachers a living wage…with the price of food, groceries, gas, this may still not be enough. But I hope it is.

  6. Just make it smaller


  8. Engineer Musician | August 20, 2023 at 9:47 am | Reply

    52 weeks x 5 days = 260 work days. Subtract 10 holidays and 10 vacation days makes 240 work days That is how private industry exists. Teachers, have 180 day work-years but benefits and pensions far beyond private industry.

  9. Reno Calabresse | August 24, 2023 at 9:09 pm | Reply

    What does “teacher workforce housing” even mean? It sounds like vague, bureaucratic speech that will ultimately allow them to offer the units to anyone. I bet not even 20% of the people who end up living there will actually be teachers.

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