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Abel Gonzalez seniors get 1296 Shotwell development info

Dairo Romero (left) of Mission Economic Development Agency describes 1296 Shotwell plans as Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing provide translation. Photo: Tony Bear!

Developers from Mission Economic Development Agency share their plans for 1296 Shotwell with the seniors at Abel Gonzalez Apartments

On Thursday, August 4, Mission Housing invited Mission Economic Development Agency to make a presentation at the community room at Abel Gonzalez Apartments. The talk was part of the community outreach surrounding the development of the 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development has selected Mission Economic Development Agency and Chinatown Community Development Center as co-developers, owners and managers of the joint-venture. Also on the development team: Herman Coliver Locus Architects, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Precita Eyes Muralists and PODER.

The 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex will serve low-income seniors age 62 and older. 20% of the apartments will be set aside for formerly homeless seniors. Some units at 1296 Shotwell will be affordable to households with incomes ranging from 30% to 60% of area median incomes.

The hour-long talk was led by Dairo Romero of Mission Economic Development Agency. Translations in Chinese and Spanish were provided by Elaine Yee of Mission Economic Development Agency, Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing.

Valuable information was disseminated on the design of the building, including features such as pedestrian safety, public art, security for residents and amenities that encourage activities for seniors. The height of the building was also discussed. Some Mission residents have registered objections to the proposed height of the nine-story building. The Mission Economic Development Agency developers pointed out that lowering the height would reduce the number of units available from the 96 currently on the drawing board to as few as 75 units.

A slideshow displayed renderings of the complex from several Mission-area vantage points. Some slides compared the proposed height of 1296 Shotwell to other buildings already in the neighborhood.

The street level appearance, various building decorations, and the mural project spearheaded by Precita Eyes were other elements of the building design that were reviewed.

The seniors also learned details of how to prepare for the application process.

At the end of the presentation, the attendees were asked their opinions about impact of the building height on the number of units that would be available. All of the people in attendance agreed that building the greater amount of units should be the priority. Each signed a letter of support for the development, to be sent to the Planning Commission.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2017, and be completed in 2020.

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