Preliminary plans have been filed for a seven-story residential infill at 1311 Quesada Avenue in Bayview, San Francisco. Illustrations show how the narrow two-structure project will rise from the low-slung neighborhood to create 27 affordable housing units. San Diego-based affordable housing developer MirKa Investments is responsible for the application, working alongside San Francisco-based MNC.
Gelfand Partners Architects is responsible for the design. Preliminary illustrations show two structures, one rising six floors over Quesada Avenue and the other rising seven floors along Revere Avenue. The exterior will be articulated with shallow bay window features and a terracotta-tone material along the ground level and elevator/stairwell shaft.
The 72-foot tall structure will yield around 31,600 square feet, with 30,125 square feet for housing and 1,480s square feet for a community-serving facility such as an early childcare education center. Unit sizes will vary with eight one-bedrooms, 12 two-bedrooms, and seven three-bedrooms.
Of the 27 apartments, one will be market-rate for an on-site manager, four units will be for extremely low-income households, four units for very low-income households, 14 units for low-income households, and four units for moderate-income households. The 0.22-acre site is currently occupied by the Ascension Baptist Church and surface parking. MNC already has a presence on the site, offering an in-person rental assistance program from the building.
MNC, or Mission Neighborhood Centers, traces its origins to 1897 when Rachel Rae and Eva Wolfsohn established the first settlement house for girls in Northern California, known as the Girls Club of San Francisco. By 1942, the organization expanded its scope to all children and families and renamed itself the Mission Community Center. By 1959, MCC merged with the Precita Valley Community Center and Mission Family Center to become known as the MNC. The non-profit describes its mission scope as extending “from children’s services to healthy aging & disability, MNC has been serving the community with empowering, multicultural, multigenerational social services for over 125 years.”
The application is using Senate Bills 35 and 330 to increase the residential capacity and streamline ministerial approval. The State Density Bonus Program has allowed the filing to exceed the existing zoning.
MNC has yet to reply to a request for comment.