While plans for a residential tower to rise up to 250 feet in height upon the City College of San Francisco site at 33 Gough Street were first drafted back in 2017, and further densified the following year, said plans were withdrawn from consideration prior to the project and required re-zoning being approved.
The two parking lots on either side of the existing CCSF building were Subsequently leased to the City of San Francisco for use as a Safe Sleeping Site/village. And permits to remove the existing 44 tents on the site and install 70 tiny “transitional” cabins, two new dining and communal areas, and a shower trailer, along with a couple of small offices for on-site supportive services and 24×7 staff, have been approved and the cabins, which are intended to provide private, safe and dignified spaces and resources for homeless individuals working to make a permanent exit from homelessness, could be installed and occupied by the end of this year.
Designed by Gensler Architects each tiny cabin will have a bed, a desk, a chair, a window, a door that locks, and heat, with 2” thick walls and 4” thick roofs for insulation and energy efficiency and durable steel frames so that the cabins can be relocated to another site once the pilot program, which is slated to run for around 18 months, ends.
And if deemed successful, the metrics for which haven’t been defined, the project team, which includes DignityMoves, Tipping Point Community, Urban Alchemy and HomeFirst Services, in conjunction with the City, hopes to replicate the approach in several other locations “across the city, state and country.”