Affordable Housing Non-Profit Plans Acquisition of 2901 16th Street in Mission District

2901 16th Street, image via Google Satellite2901 16th Street, image via Google Satellite

Preliminary plans have been filed for the conversion of an existing apartment complex at 2901-2929 16th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District to be converted into affordable housing. The application comes as local nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency is in the process of acquiring the site.

In the project application, MEDA writes that the organization hopes to purchase the site “with the purpose of developing 100% affordable housing, aligning with the guidelines outlined in the MOHCD Affordable Housing Guide. The acquisition of this building will be financially supported through a permanent arrangement with the city.”

The Planning Department states the four-story structure contains 73 dwelling units and 152 rooms. The General Plan Referral application estimates that redevelopment will result in 62 dwelling units catered to a range of income levels, from households earning between 30% and 60% all the way up to 100% of the Area’s Median Income. One market-rate unit will be added for an on-site manager.

2901 16th Street, image via Google Street View circa 2019

2901 16th Street, image via Google Street View circa 2019 while construction was underway for Avanza 490

The complex is located at the corner of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, just one block from the 16th Street BART Station and two blocks from the restaurant-lined Valencia Street. Across the street is Avanza 490, a 2021-opened affordable housing complex designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects and developed by BRIDGE Housing and the Mission Housing Development Corporation.

Landmark Realty is listed as the property owner operating through 16th/Taylor Apts LLC. According to the project website, Landmark is currently offering studios and one-bedrooms renting for $2,625 to $2,850 per month on the site, dubbed Sonoma Suites Apartment Homes.

City records show the 0.34-acre property was built in 1914. The estimated cost and timeline for the transition to affordable housing are not specified. The project team has yet to reply to a request for comment from YIMBY.

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9 Comments on "Affordable Housing Non-Profit Plans Acquisition of 2901 16th Street in Mission District"

  1. Are these currently rented out? What’s the vacancy rate? Are they building any new units? Seems like it’s a reduction of units. There needs to be more market rate housing on Mission St. Everything in the pipeline is non profit and affordable housing.

  2. More affordable housing is great. Can secured areas for personal transportation devices, Bikes, scooter, included?

  3. Seems like a good rehab of a fairly troubled building. I assume the decrease in units just means they’ll create slightly larger living spaces/fewer SRO style units. Those that live in the area know that this intersection and specifically this corner could use the clean up and more management.

  4. Who in their right minds would want to be neighbors with that Mission Hotel next door!!? It’s got OD every other day and zombie apacolypse parties daily

  5. That building looks like pretty low-income housing already.

  6. Irish Scarlett | May 29, 2024 at 11:32 am | Reply

    The Mission does not need more low-income housing. For generations it has done more than its share. The Mission contains this development and numerous others like it that the city is scooping up to house homeless, out-of-state drug tourists. There is Avanza (across the street from this one), Valencia Gardens (260 units), Casa Adelante (130 units), Casa Esperanza (a halfway house for 50 “transitional youth”), and many newer 5- and 6- story buildings along 14th and 15th Streets. On Mission St itself, 400-plus units for the homeless are planned at 1979 Mission at 16th; more at 2205 Mission 18th, 3300 Mission, and several other buildings out through the Excelsior. There are smaller SROs scattered on 17th near Guerrero, another at 19th and Guerrero, and others all around the neighborhood. Most of the east-west streets between Duboce and 19th and on down to Bernal and beyond are built up with low-income housing. Another 155 units are planned for Potrero. These developments do not include parking, which will increase the already bad neighborhood congestion.

    Thanks to Hillary Ronen’s duplicity, there now is a lovely new 62-unit tiny homes development at the old Walgreen’s/16th St site.

    The Mission also has an active drug and stolen goods market.

    Before anyone says that the Mission needs more low-income housing, get some built in your own neighborhood. It’s time that the rest of the city does its share. Mission, SOMA, and the TL are functioning as containment zones. They are overburdened with SROs and subsidized housing plus services for the people who live in them.

  7. Maury McCarthy | June 3, 2024 at 7:59 pm | Reply

    There needs to be more mission rate housing on market street

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