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Parkside Housing Approved for Folsom Street

September 28, 2016

By missionlocal – excerpt

Parque Niños Unidos will be getting a four-story, market-rate housing neighbor soon, after a 5-2 vote Thursday at the Planning Commission approved a 117-unit project at 2675 Folsom St. near 23rd Street.

Neighborhood activists and a planning commissioner, however, said the project was out of scale and would exacerbate the neighborhood’s affordability crisis.

“There’s a whole context for why there’s opposition outside this project,” Myrna Melgar, one of two new members of the body. She agreed with local activists who said the project was one of several market-rate developments that would change the neighborhood and its residents unless mitigations were put in place…

“What we need to do is we would like to have this piece of land,” he said. “This is a perfect place for families and teachers that they don’t have a place to live.”

The Folsom Street project would bring 117 units next to the Parque Niños Unidos in a 40-foot tall building and is being developed by the Axis Development Group, a San Francisco firm with a few other projects under its belt, including a 69-unit building at 14th and Stevenson streets and a planned rooftop restaurant near Union Square

Commissioners did not weigh in directly on the claims that new market-rate housing would exacerbate displacement, but Kathrin Moore did say that while the project had made notable changes, she could not support something that drew organized community opposition.

She and Melgar were the only two opposed, however, and the rest of the commission said preventing new construction was not an anti-displacement strategy…

Commissioners Rodney Fong, Dennis Richards, Richard Hillis, Joel Koppel and Johnson voted for the project, while commissioners Moore and Melgar voted against.

This is a first meeting for two new supervisors, one appointed by the Mayor and one by the supervisor, so we wanted to see how the votes may go. Interesting comments by the Commissioners. Articles on bizjournal.com rents are dropping in San Francisco and people may be starting to leave.

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