The City of San Francisco is moving forward with plans to build over 100 units of affordable housing at the base of Telegraph Hill, on the underdeveloped half-block parcel fronting Front Street between Broadway and Vallejo which is currently a parking lot for 225 cars.
As we first reported early last year, the Seawall 322-1 site was identified by the Port of San Francisco as “the greatest affordable housing development opportunity among the Port’s seawall lots in the northeastern waterfront.” And as such, the Mayor’s Office of Housing has been working on plans for a 115-unit building to rise up to 65-feet in height on the site, with housing for residents making no more than 65 percent of the area median income ($44,150 per year for one person, $50,500 for a family of two).
As we also reported at the time, the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association, Friends of Golden Gateway, SoTel Neighbors, and Telegraph Hill Dwellers are all concerned that the city’s plan “does not consider the needs and concerns of the neighborhood” and have been working together to propose alternative programming for the site.
Representing the aforementioned stakeholders, The Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group is now pushing the city to include more housing for middle income residents making between 80 percent and 120 percent of the area median income (up to $81,550 per year for one person, $93,250 for a family of two).
The well-timed positioning and pitch from the group, as quoted by the Business Times: “We don’t want to be a neighborhood that ends up with just the rich and poor…We want a neighborhood that’s for everyone.”