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Plans for Balboa Park Station, where three Muni trains, four BART lines and seven bus lines converge, include a reimagined plaza that’s more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and those with mobility impairments as well as a more inviting community space to surrounding neighborhoods.

BART staff members have been leading town halls this month showing design changes made in response to feedback, such as more variety to open space and greater safety upgrades including new lighting and security cameras in the plaza, along pedestrian paths and around the station’s perimeter.

BART Board member Janice Li, whose district includes the Balboa Park Station, spoke at a virtual town hall last Saturday— the second of three scheduled to round out the year — to tout the “public benefits” to riders that will flow from the project.



Balboa Park Upper Yard (BPUY) Housing Project
2340 San Jose Avenue San Francisco, California Submission of Qualifications

Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2020

Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) in partnership with The Related Companies of California (TRCC) invites qualified artists residing in the State of California, with a preference for local Bay Area artists, to submit their qualifications for the commissioning of artworks for Balboa Park Upper Yard (the Project), a residential development adjacent to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Balboa Park Station (Balboa Park BART), west of the intersection of San Jose Avenue and Geneva Avenue. The Project will provide 131 new affordable housing units for families and approximately 10,000 square-feet of community serving commercial space.

Due to the location of the Project (within the San Francisco Planning Code District C-3) and because there is a ground lease from the City’s Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, MHDC/TRCC (Project Team) is required to provide art equal to 1% of that portion of the Project’s construction cost to be paid for with public funding from the City of San Francisco (City).

The art will be installed and maintained in areas within the Project site that are clearly visible to the public. The Project Team intends for the artworks to be an opportunity to add to the community specifically and to be incorporated into the building in order to make the Project feel like a part of the neighborhood from the day it opens its doors.

For the full announcement:

Balboa Park Upper Yard Art RFQ

Help us celebrate as we get closer to bringing 130 units of new affordable housing to the Balboa Park Upper Yard!
With appearances by:
Mayor London Breed
Communities United for Health and Justice
Supervisor Ahsha Safai
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
Related Companies
Mission Housing

Julio Lara
Senior Communications Manager

Sept. 8, 2020

Mission Housing secures funding for major rehabilitation project at South Park

(San Francisco, Calif.) — A much-needed rehabilitation is on its way.

Mission Housing is proud to announce that crucial funding for the rehabilitation of three historic Single Resident Occupancy hotels — Hotel Madrid, Park View and Gran Oriente — has been secured.

“Our mission isn’t just to build more homes,” said Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss. “We also work hard to ensure the quality of life for our tenants is the highest available. This is why we’re very excited and pleased we can begin work on these three SROs.”

All three SROs are located on South Park Street — less than a quarter-mile from Oracle Park in San Francisco. The process to rehab all three hotels began in 2018 right after Mission Housing acquired the historic Gran Oriente — deciding to then combine all three buildings into a scattered sites project with financing that includes tax credits and bonds, along with Chase Bank and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community and Development as major supporters.

“The rehabilitation of the three South Park Street sites will revitalize much needed affordable housing in San Francisco and provide support for the formerly homeless,” said James Vossoughi, Vice President, Community Development Banking, Chase. “We’re excited to work with Mission Housing and continue to be committed to supporting critical projects like this that help local communities thrive.”

This project will allow Mission Housing to keep housed our most vulnerable community members in the almost completely gentrified South Park area. 

The next steps are the construction and temporary relocation of current residents.

“I’m humbled to see that even during a pandemic we are able to continue our essential services work and provide a dignified home to our residents at South Park.” said Mission Housing Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras.

Mission Housing expects to complete the project in the Fall of 2021.  We look forward to working on this project with the continued support of the entire staff and our new property manager FPI Management. 

About Hotel Madrid: Hotel Madrid is one of two South Park Residence properties that Mission Housing Development Corporation acquired and rehabbed in 1987. Hotel Madrid now provides permanent housing for formerly homeless and very low-income adults. After renovation, the staff established on-site programs to assist the hotel’s 44 special needs and formerly homeless residents.

About Park View: Along with the Hotel Madrid, the Park View Hotel was acquired and rehabbed in 1987. It now houses 40 formerly homeless and very low-income adults.

About Gran Oriente:  Built in 1907, the Gran Oriente Hotel became one of the earliest Filipino-owned buildings in the South of Market Area when it was purchased in the 1920s by members of The Gran Oriente Filipino Masonic fraternity.

When Filipino community leaders such as SOMCAN, SOMA Pilipinas, and The Filipino Community Development Corporation learned of a potential sale, they reached out to San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim to facilitate a solution in keeping ownership of the property in community hands, so its affordability would be positioned to survive for future generations. Supervisor Kim connected the organizers with Mission Housing.

To support the purchase, Mission Housing received a $5 million loan from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Small Sites Program.

The Gran Oriente is currently 24 units.