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Marcía Contreras joins Eastern Neighborhoods Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Marcía Contreras is Director of Operations, and Director of Resident Programs and Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation. She has served in various capacities with Mission Housing since 2009, and is active with several community-based organizations. Photo by Tony Bear!

Mission Housing exec Marcía Contreras will advise mayor, supervisors, inform district residents

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has named Marcía Contreras to represent District 9 on the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The Citizens Advisory Committee gives input to City of San Francisco agencies and decision makers on implementation of the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plans. The community advisory body is comprised of people representing the neighborhoods of East SoMa, Mission, Showplace/Potrero, West SoMa, Central Waterfront. Also on the committee: members appointed by supervisors of Districts 6, 8, 9 and 10.

“I look forward to seeing you play a vital leadership role in our local government and in the communities you serve,” Mayor Lee told Contreras in a statement.

The committee helps city government prioritize how public benefits are disbursed. The committee members also keep the residents they represent informed about city policy and legislation, and the status of development proposals.

Contreras is Director of Operations, and Director of Resident Programs and Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit that builds and manages affordable housing in the Mission District and other San Francisco neighborhoods. She has served in various capacities with Mission Housing since 2009, and is active with several local organizations.

“This is a tremendous responsibility,” said Contreras. “I look forward to presenting ideas from the Mission that will help the Mayor and the City prioritize how their plans are implemented.”

Contreras’ term on the committee ends October, 2017.

Walking tour explores Mission affordable housing

“Building a Future for All: Housing Tour of the Mission” provides details, discussion about future of Mission affordable housing

Twenty-five people from a variety of backgrounds toured a slice of the Mission District on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Most were stakeholders — residents, business owners, and other interested parties — who wanted to learn about the initiatives underway to provide affordable housing in the neighborhood.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Marcía Contreras and Martín Ugarte

Marcía Contreras and Martín Ugarte give an overview on Mission Housing Resident Services. Photos by: Tony Bear!

“Building a Future for All: Housing Tour of the Mission,” organized by San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and the Emerging Leaders Peer Network, gave a comprehensive look at how several built and planned developments are making more affordable housing stock available. Nonprofit, market-rate and city planning perspectives to address the housing crisis were explored.

The walking tour originated at the Valencia Gardens community room, where a continental breakfast sponsored by Cahill Contractors was served. Opening remarks were delivered by Rob Poole of San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. Then, Marcía Contreras and Martín Ugarte of Mission Housing Development Corporation gave an overview on how their residents are stabilized and empowered by Mission Housing services.

1950 Mission on the drawing board

Alicia Gaylord of BRIDGE Housing [update: Gaylord has since moved on to MidPen Housing — editor] presented details about the partnership between BRIDGE Housing and Mission Housing that is building 1950 Mission, a 100-percent affordable housing development.

David Baker Architects — the firm working on 1950 Mission — was represented by Sameena Sitabkhan, AIA. She presented and explained preliminary drawings of the design features. Then the tour took to the streets.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | David Baker Architects

Sameena Sitabkhan, AIA of David Baker Architects presented preliminary drawings of 1950 Mission and explained proposed design features.

Market rate construction with affordable housing

First stop: one of the Mission’s newest developments – Vara Apartments, a stylish six-story residential community built in 2013. The building of 202 units features new studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. A percentage of these apartments are designated as Below Market Rate — also known as BMR — units. Jessie Herzog of AGI Avant, the developer, gave a brief presentation on the history of the complex. The tour included a look at the common areas along the entry way, and upstairs around the clubhouse and catering kitchen.

Next stop: the site where 1950 Mission will be built. The tour paused on Wiese Street, behind the Navigation Center which occupies the 1950 Mission site now. Here, Gaylord and Sitabkhan pointed out proposed features of the alley running behind 1950 Mission, and showed where the commercial and other spaces will be located.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Alicia Gaylord and Sameena Sitabkhan

Alicia Gaylord and Sameena Sitabkhan pointed out proposed features of the alley running behind 1950 Mission.

2060 Folsom Street – bounded by open space

The tour continued down Shotwell Street and paused behind the site of 2060 Folsom Street, a 100-percent affordable housing complex to be built by Chinatown Community Development Center and Mission Economic Development Agency. Elaine Yee and Karoleen Feng of Mission Economic Development Agency, and Shannon Dodge of Chinatown Community Development Center discussed how the 101 apartments will be augmented by a new street park being built on the parcel bounded by 17th, Folsom and Shotwell Streets.

The tour ended at the ODC Dance Commons conference room, where preliminary drawings of 2060 Folsum were reviewed and progress on the Mission Action Plan 2020 was detailed.

Lots of winning at the Mission Housing Carnaval booth

“¡Viva La Madre Tierra!” Carnaval theme celebrates Mother Earth in world cultures; highlights Mission Housing green initiatives

Lots of people attending The 38th Annual Carnaval San Francisco are the proud owners of goodies from the Mission Housing booth in the Eco Village.

New commercial tenant V-Sixteen serves Japanese cuisine

V-Sixteen — the latest, newest restaurant to open in a Mission Housing commercial space — plants a Japanese flair at 16th Street and Valencia

The V-Sixteen grand opening celebration has kicked off! Dinner and happy hour is being served up seven days a week. The establishment offers Japanese sushi and other seafood fare, as well as beer and wine — and of course, sake!

“We are very proud such a quality establishment has chosen a Mission Housing space,” said Julie Sontag, Asset Manager for Mission Housing. “And, since 100% of our commercial rents help support the resident and community services each building provides, we are excited to have V-Sixteen set-up shop on the ground floor of Maria Alicia Apartments.”

Owner Eric Deng has put many elaborate finishing touches on the space. Highlighting the sleek, minimal décor are two elaborate, hand-painted murals that command attention from the moment you step into the dining room. The highly detailed wood furnishings and subdued lighting bring a coziness that mutes the wide-open views of hustling, bustling 16th and Valencia traffic. The unique sushi counter arrangement gives full views of the chef, and will impress sushi connoisseurs and fanatics.

Deng also owns Kama Sushi restaurants (with two locations, one in SoMa and one in Noe Valley) and DASH Japanese Tapas & Sushi in San Mateo. He hopes the personal touch he has put into V-Sixteen will lead to a brisk dinner and eventually lunch business.

Check out the slide show, and get a preview of your visit to V-Sixteen.