Public input sought on Balboa Park Upper Yard housing, Saturday

First large public community meeting for the Balboa Park Upper Yard 100% affordable housing mixed-use development to be held at Balboa High

Saturday, March 25, the developers collaborating to create new 100% affordable housing and community services on the Balboa Park Station Upper Yard site will spend two hours with community members sharing common goals, identifying challenges, and discussing solutions for the proposed development.

The meeting at Balboa High School will give residents of the Balboa Park neighborhood, and any other interested parties, a chance to weigh-in on various aspects of the development.

“As community-oriented developers, we are very focused on ensuring all community residents are equitably involved in the decision-making process that shapes our buildings,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation. “It is important for the entire neighborhood to have a sense of ownership in the Balboa Park Upper Yard development.”

Presentation followed by break-out sessions

The meeting will open with a presentation by architects from Mithun | Solomon, who will review a range of issues, including building design, use of ground floor spaces, and creation of open spaces.

Then, a break-out session will allow interested parties to address topics such as: transportation and circulation, building envelope and housing design, and community services.

“This input will help us assemble supportive community services that meet the diverse needs of the residents, as well as the entire Balboa Park population,” said Marcía Contreras, Mission Housing Director of Operations and Resident Services. Contreras lives in the Balboa Park area. “Our services will be shaped through community input and tailored by neighborhood-driven needs.”

Transit-Oriented Development is part of master plan

The Balboa Park Upper Yard housing development is part of the city’s larger Balboa Park Station Area Plan to connect, restore, and enhance the neighboring area. The Balboa Park BART station is part of a highly prominent and transit-accessible site where three Muni light-rail lines, seven Muni bus lines and multiple BART lines all converge.

Scott Falcone, a long-time District 11 resident with roots in the Balboa Park area, has been a consultant to Mission Housing since 2013. He is assisting with community relations and engagement related to the Balboa Park development, and providing technical services for the actual development project. “Our goal is to provide low-income residents with well-designed and well-managed affordable homes, and to help bring a range of positive improvements to the community,” said Falcone.

Complimentary food and refreshments will be available.

DETAILS: Saturday, March 25, 2017. Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon. Place: Balboa High School, 1000 Cayuga Ave, Room 152 (Green Room) [MAP]

MORE INFO: Scott Falcone or Aditi Mahmud, 415-864-6432.

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Mission affordable housing builder undertakes retrofit

The ground floor area at 3254 24th Street will undergo one of the more extensive rehab efforts, eliminating the existing commercial space. Photo by Tony Bear!

Mission Housing begins life and safety upgrades; Mayor’s office funding retrofit on various permanently affordable rental units

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development for the City and County of San Francisco, also known as MOHCD, has awarded Mission Housing Development Corporation $4.5 million to perform wholesale structural improvements on several buildings in the Mission Housing portfolio.

In 2016, MOHCD issued a Notice of Funding Availability, or NOFA. The goal of the funding: To finance the acquisition and rehabilitation of numerous multi-family buildings in the San Francisco Small Sites Program. Small Sites are defined as five- to 25-unit buildings that house low-income tenants vulnerable to displacement. The program provides the money needed to help nonprofits buy and/or maintain these sites. The residences are protected from real estate speculation and rising rents, and San Francisco affordable housing stock is maintained.

The Mission Housing response to the NOFA detailed the extensive rehab work needed to stabilize six multi-family buildings and help preserve their affordability over the long-term.

“One reason Mission Housing exists, is to stabilize and preserve affordable housing stock in the Mission and throughout San Francisco,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “People have a right to live in safe, habitable places. Thanks to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development we can make the investment needed to uphold the high quality of life all San Franciscans deserve, regardless of their income.”

Retrofits address multiple concerns while preserving housing stock, community-serving businesses

The six properties being retrofitted, originally built in the late 1890s and early 1920s, were acquired by Mission Housing in the 1980s and 1990s to preserve affordable housing stock.

The construction efforts are projected to begin in fourth quarter of 2017. Much of the work needed addresses seismic concerns, habitability, life/safety, and code compliance issues. While most of the building occupants should experience minimal disruption, a few residents may be temporarily relocated at some point in the construction phases.

The retrofit work will encompass a few commercial spaces. “Mission Housing is working with all the affected commercial tenants to ensure their businesses remain strong throughout construction,” said Moss.

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District could gain a community-serving space

The ground floor area at 3254 24th Street will undergo one of the more extensive rehab efforts, as part of essential life and safety upgrades needed to keep the upstairs residences viable. Because this renovation will substantially reduce the amount of commercial space, it could be converted to offices for the Mission Housing Resident Services team.

“We are looking into how the space could transition into a neighborhood-serving hub,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing. Contreras is a member of the Calle 24 Council. “Our teams could be in closer proximity to our 24th Street-area residents, and more non-residents could access our community services.”

“This change would make 3254 24th Street another asset to the Mission District,” said Contreras.

The commercial tenant being displaced by the retrofit work will receive assistance with relocating.

Mission Housing developing 344 new affordable units throughout SF

Aerial views of the dormant corners being developed into affordable housing by Mission Housing – 490 South Van Ness (left) and Balboa Park Upper Yard. Photos: Google.

Mission Housing awarded two new contracts in as many months, to develop new 100% affordable housing throughout San Francisco; three separate multi-family rental complexes set to break ground in 2017 and 2018

November 3rd, 2016, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, also known as MOHCD, selected the team of Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing to be the developers of 100 percent affordable housing at the corner of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.

The development, known as 490 South Van Ness, will deliver upwards of 89 units of new family housing on a Mission District site acquired by the city in 2015. The residents will be low and very low income families, and formerly homeless families. Thanks to recent San Francisco legislation, many of the units will be dedicated to housing District 9 residents, or people living within one mile of the site.

Mission Housing on a roll

Now, with the award of the 490 South Van Ness contract, Mission Housing has three apartment complexes in the planning stages. In October 2016, Mission Housing and Related California won the development rights to erect at least 90 units of housing at the Balboa Park Station Upper Yard, currently two adjacent parking lots owned by the city and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Public space improvements tied to the Upper Yard development are on an adjacent parcel owned by BART.

In 2015, Mission Housing and BRIDGE Housing were given the nod to build 165 apartments at 1950 Mission.

The 344 apartments on the drawing board at Mission Housing will be the most affordable housing units built in the Mission District and its neighbor, the Excelsior District, since 2006. The construction will be financed with a combination of city dollars (i.e.: the housing bond) and federal low-income housing tax credits that are sold to investors.

Community impacts

All of the units in the Mission Housing pipeline will be built using union labor. Once completed, Mission Housing will take the lead in delivering comprehensive supportive services to the residents and the surrounding communities. A variety of partner community agencies will have facilities and/or operations located on site. The goal: To help stabilize vulnerable residents, and propel them toward self-sufficiency.

“We’ve been entrusted with a valuable asset — land,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We are proud to have been chosen as the builder to activate some long-dormant spaces in San Francisco, providing jobs, housing and services where they are most needed.”

READ MORE: 1950 Mission breaks ground in 2017

READ MORE: 490 South Van Ness: Transit-oriented design to activate dormant corner

READ MORE: Balboa Park Upper Yard: Site for Outer Mission/Excelsior housing

Grand re-opening celebrates Betel Apartments 40th anniversary

On September 15, 2016, Mission Housing invited the Mission community to celebrate the renovation of Betel Apartments, on its 40th anniversary. Photos by Tony Bear!

The Mission community celebrates Betel Apartments — renovated, modernized and preserved for another generation of affordable family housing

Betel Apartments is an award winning community revitalization effort built by Mission Housing Development Corporation in 1976, our first new construction ever. You can read more about Betel Apartments HERE.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Betel Apartments 40th anniversary

Betel Apartments, completed in 1976, was one of the first two new construction buildings by Mission Housing.

On September 15, 2016, Mission Housing staff invited Betel residents, dignitaries and other members of the Mission community to celebrate the completion of a year-long a renovation of the property, just in time to observe Betel’s 40th anniversary.

The re-dedication of Betel Apartments included food, refreshments, and entertainment. Also on hand were some of the people who and companies that worked on the remodel. On the upper deck of the development, Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss, and Board Chairman Pete Gallegos made comments, then the attendees went downstairs for the cutting of a ribbon strung across the entrance of an empty apartment. Guests were allowed to tour the unit to observe the meticulous renovations

“The renovation could have allowed us to convert the development to market-rate units,” said Moss. “Instead, we’ve preserved the affordable housing at Betel for at least another 55 years.”

Over the last year, the residents were relocated long enough for their unit to be remodeled, as the construction proceeded building-by-building. The modernization was designed by Hamilton + Aitken Architects, with construction by Nibbi Brothers General Contractors. The celebration was planned and staffed by MB Wedding Design and Events.

On September 15, 2016, Mission Housing invited the Mission community to celebrate the renovation of Betel Apartments, on its 40th anniversary. Photos by Tony Bear!