Alcantara Court

Alcantara Court — modern living for seniors

Alcantara Court is a 50 unit apartment complex for seniors built by Mission Housing Development Corporation in 1998. The builder was James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corporation General Contrators. The designers were architects Daniel Solomon, Anne Torney, and John Ellis of Solomon E.T.C.

Design features

The 20,000 square foot site consists of two 4-story buildings around a mid-block courtyard. Amenity spaces — a large multi-purpose community room with kitchen, a physical therapy room, a library, and a community garden — were located on circulation routes. This arrangement encourages seniors to come out of their units and participate in the social life of the building. Laundry facilities and a parking garage are also found on the premises. The landscaped open areas of the complex feature planted areas with palms and columnar trees, and a central garden courtyard accessible to all residents for outdoor gatherings and casual seating. Residents find gardening in the smaller planting areas is therapeutic.

Resident services

Mission Housing staff provides supportive services, in-house case-management and referral to a full range of partner agencies. Residents also participate in a monthly calendar of activities and community meetings.

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Financing

Alcantara Court is a senior low income housing apartment subsidized by the HUD 202 program from the Housing and Urban Development Division of the federal government. Capital financing sources included the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing.

Abel Gonzalez Apartments

Seniors find quality affordable housing at Abel Gonzalez Apartments. The building had been a telephone switching station but had been vacant for several years. Pacific Bell donated the property to Mission Housing Development Corporation for renovation. This combination of scarce public dollars with valuable private resources created new, much needed housing units in the Mission District. The Abel Gonzalez development received a National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials award for Economic Revitalization.

Apartamentos de la Esperanza

Esperanza Apartments — safe, decent affordable senior housing within an urban neighborhood

Esperanza Apartments and Betel Apartments were the first major new construction undertakings for Mission Housing. Both were completed in 1976. The original design architect for Esperanza was Burger & Coplan; the contractor was Mapco Construction.
The development features a landscaped garden terrace and a community room. The garden courtyard provides a quiet, secure space to warm in the sun or enjoy lunch with neighbors.

Esperanza Apartments undergo renovation

The entire Esperanza Apartments complex was completely refurbished in 2015. Residents were relocated and their furnishings put in storage as construction crews moved from building-to-building. Units were gutted down to the frame and modernized with new appliances, woodworking, flooring and ventilation. Asbestos mitigation was performed, and upgrades to energy, lighting, insulation and water efficiency were made. Improvements were also made to the exterior, common areas and the garage.

BASIS Architecture & Consulting designed the refurb. Nibbi Brothers General Contractors was in charge of the 100% union construction job. The rehab was accomplished with zero public funds.

After the preservation undertaking was completed, Mission Housing staff, local dignitaries, builders and others attended a re-dedication ceremony that celebrated the completion of the Esperanza and Colosimo complexes.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | GreenPoint rated Build it Green Institute
Esperanza Apartments achieved a 100 rating from the Build it Green Institute as a Silver category Green Point Rated project

Remodeled to trusted environmental standards

Mission Housing is always committed to go above and beyond code and funding requirements to deliver a green, efficient building to our residents.

In addition to the efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality benefits, Mission Housing also had the refurb certified under California’s GreenPoint Rated program. Third party verification of all construction materials and practices is required to accomplish a GreenPoint Rating.

Committed to affordable housing

Affordable housing properties are always at risk of being converted to market rate. Mission Housing voluntarily extends the affordability restriction after renovating, to continue preserving high-quality affordable housing stock in San Francisco.

Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments

San Francisco affordable housing builders team up to construct Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments

Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments is an affordable rental housing community with a total of thirty-six Section 8 assisted living units. These affordable apartments provide an independent living environment for seniors. Also known as CASA, the complex was co-developed with Bernal Heights Housing Corporation. Construction on Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments was completed in 2005, after an intensive community process. The site is now a jewel of the Crocker Amazon neighborhood.

The three-story, Spanish-style building was constructed on the site formerly occupied by a Mel’s Diner (purportedly, the restaurant was visited by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in the 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”)

Designed by SGPA Architecture & Planning, the design incorporates features of adjacent homes “honoring” the surrounding residents. A trapezoidal site on a major transit corridor in San Francisco, the complex features a community room with attached kitchen, an exercise room and courtyard garden.

Primary development funds were provided by US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Section 202 – Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Federal Home Loan Bank, San Francisco – Affordable Housing Program (AHP)

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