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Mission District Supervisor Wants Halt to Housing Projects Near 24th Street

August 8, 2016

By misisonlocal – excerpt

Supervisor David Campos has called for a temporary halt to the construction of market-rate housing around the 24th Street corridor in the Mission District, saying the effects of market-rate development on the displacement of Latino businesses and residents should be studied before projects are allowed to move forward.

In a letter sent to the Planning Commission on Wednesday, Campos urged commissioners to delay all projects in the Latino Cultural District, which is bounded by Potrero Avenue and Mission Street between 22nd and Cesar Chavez streets.

Campos singled out for delay three housing developments planned for the Mission District that would would bring in 293 units of mostly market-rate housing in the next few years. All three are being opposed by neighborhood activists, who say they would worsen gentrification in the district.

“These and several market-rate projects in and next to the cultural district could transform the district and threaten to displace long-time residents, businesses, and non-profits,” Campos wrote. “The Planning Department should consider the impacts of these projects on the Latino Cultural District and develop measures that will mitigate those impacts.”

That area was designated a “Latino cultural and commercial district” by San Francisco in 2014, a largely symbolic proclamation. Calle 24, the neighborhood and merchants association, hoped that designation would lead to construction guidelines down the road with more legal standing.

Now, Campos and others are acting on those wishes, crafting legislation that will be introduced to the Board of Supervisors later this year to specify the kinds of development that should be allowed in the neighborhood…

This is exactly what the Supervisors who opposed the “PDR protection” ballot initiative approach asked for. Watch to see who votes for this legislative approach when given the chance to do so. Ballot initiative details: https://discoveryink.wordpress.com/tep-routes/pdr-bill/

Campos wants the Planning Department to study the effects of market-rate housing on the district, specifying the potential effects on neighborhood businesses, residential displacement, rental affordability, and “the Latino community.”

Until that happens, he and others think there should be no market-rate development in the cultural district.

“It’s a halt to any project until we have a better understanding of what impact it will have on the Latino Cultural District,” he said… (more)

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