Wednesday was busy for San Francisco’s senior housing non-profit Self-Help for the Elderly. In the evening, SHE had scheduled their first community outreach regarding over two hundred affordable senior homes proposed along Ocean Beach in the Sunset. During the day, Mayor London Breed announced the acquisition of 933 Clement Street in the Richmond District for SHE to convert into affordable senior housing and a community dining space.
San Francisco Mayor’s Office
New Building permits have been filed for two affordable infills with a total of 272 apartments at 1633 Valencia Street and 3485 Cesar Chavez Street at the border of Bernal Heights and the Mission District of San Francisco. One permit is listed as a priority under the San Francisco Mayor’s Office’s Executive Directive 13-01, designed by Mayor Ed Lee in 2013 to expedite the approval process for designated plans. Mercy Housing is developing 1633 Valencia Street, and Sequoia Living is developing 3485 Cesar Chavez Street.
San Francisco takes longer than any other city in California to approve new housing. For this reason, the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development has launched its first-ever investigation with the Housing Accountability Unit. According to the HCD, the team will be “identifying and removing barriers to approval and construction of new housing there.”
Construction has started for the 18-story mixed-use apartment complex at 921 Howard Street in SoMa, San Francisco. Once complete, the project will add over two hundred affordable dwelling units and ground-level retail across from the topped-out 5M project. The joint venture with Curtis Development and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation is responsible for the development.
The Plan Code Amendments from San Francisco’s Small Business Recovery Act have been submitted to the Planning Department. The application comes directly from the office of Mayor London Breed. The proposed legislation includes amendments to reduce bureaucracy, save time for small businesses, and support individuals and institutions working in arts and culture. The application has been received and is now pending review.