Take an Early Peek at Planned Affordable Apartments on Broadway


Neighbors recently got more preliminary details about an affordable housing rental complex for low- and moderate-income residents and seniors planned for our neighborhood.

A slide presentation at a public meeting of the Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group (NEWAG) at the Port of San Francisco on April 6 showed early designs for the buildings, which will take up most of the block between Vallejo, Broadway, Front and Davis. The slides showing renderings are below.

The number and type of units as well as the various levels of affordability have changed over time, and could be altered again. A representative for BRIDGE Housing told us the Mayor’s Office of Housing asked for more three-bedroom family units, which has slightly decreased the total number of units in the family building.

At this stage, the breakdown is this:

  • The 125 family units will include a mix of junior one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms.
  • The 53 senior units include a mix of junior one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms.
  • Target Area Median Income (AMI) levels in the family project range from 50 to 120 percent AMI, with 20 percent set aside for formerly homeless households. (Click here for a chart of AMI levels.
  • Target Area Median Income (AMI) levels in the senior project range from 40 to 70 percent AMI, with 20 percent of the units set aside for formerly homeless households.

The project will include mid-block pedestrian walkways with landscaping and 10,500 square feet on the ground floor for retail and services, along with a 4,000-square foot child care center for about 50 kids from infant to preschool age operated by the YMCA. No on-site parking is planned.

The project is a joint venture between developers The John Stewart Company and BRIDGE Housing, and is being designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. John Stewart Company will provide property management services for both the family and senior buildings.

Community groups, including GGTA and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association, have been watching this project closely since 2013 and were instrumental in pushing for it to include not only low-income, but also moderate-income housing. Currently, moderate income residents would be eligible for 21 of the 125 family units, and for eight of the 53 senior units. Residents will be chosen by lottery.

Here is a timeline going forward:

2017: Complete CEQA review and obtain various approvals.

2018: Focus on obtaining funding for the project.  Draft construction plans.

2019: Undertake construction.  Duration should be about 19 months for family building, 16 months for senior building.

2020: Occupancy.

 All renderings are courtesy of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.

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