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1950 Mission St. affordable housing takes next steps

In this concept drawing, David Baker Architects demonstrates the north view of 1950 Mission St. as developed with input from the community. Other drawings are shown in the gallery below.

Community-based planning of affordable housing at 1950 Mission makes for uniquely collaborative effort

September 7, co-developers Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing submitted a conditional use authorization application for 1950 Mission Street to the San Francisco Planning Commission. The application, which requires no zoning changes, includes design concepts that continue to be fine-tuned through an extensive community engagement process.

1950 Mission will feature 157 affordable apartments, 20% of which will be set aside for formerly homeless families, while the balance of units will serve families earning between 45% and 60% of area median income.

By the people, for the people

“Community-based planning and design are guiding principles of this collaborative effort. This is a uniquely conceived project in that it addresses displacement of Mission District families, neighborhood artists and people who are experiencing homelessness,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing.

PODER is leading the outreach and engagement process. Numerous meetings have already been held, with a Community Workshop and convening of a 1950 Mission Community Advisory Committee. Artist advisors and stakeholder groups including Mission District families, nonprofits, service providers, union members, artists and business owners have been involved in the development.

The 1950 Mission team recognizes the sacrifices community members have made to make this development possible, and plans to include the Mission community throughout the entire process. Additional meetings will be held to provide overall input into the design of the building as the development moves forward.

Amenities, supportive services add to quality-of-life for residents

Among the amenities planned at 1950 Mission are a courtyard, community room and kitchen, rooftop garden, a media lab, affordable studios for artists and an active mural walkway that will honor the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the neighborhood. Mission Housing will lead the delivery of supportive resident services by coordinating with onsite partners PODER, Lutheran Social Services, Mission Neighborhood Centers’ Head Start, Early-Head Start, and Mission Girls mentorship programs. 1950 Mission is being designed by David Baker Architects.

The team aims to deliver the highest quality project to the Mission community and fulfill the ambitious goals set by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development for the city-owned site.

READ MORE: 1950 Mission to Bring Affordable Housing to San Fran

David Baker Architects has developed drawings demonstrating the initial concepts in the design of 1950 Mission St.

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