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Tensions over Mission District gentrification flare at hearing on 16th Street project

February 9, 2019

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt (includes video of meeting)

The Plaza 16 Coalition and supporters rally at Mission Dolores Park before a San Francisco Planning Commission public hearing on proposed housing developments for 1979 Mission Street at the Mission High School auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

The developers of a controversial Mission District housing project have offered opponents and city officials a deal they say would bring 306 new affordable units to the Mission District in return for approval of 331 for-profit apartments at the 16th Street Bart Plaza.

But the plan, which requires the developers to buy two additional sites they have not yet secured, was met with skepticism by many community members and planning officials at a rowdy Planning Commission hearing at Mission High School Thursday. The hearing was informational only, with no vote scheduled, but still drew hundreds of speakers…

It has been more than five years that we have been pushing against this monster that says they have a community solution,” said Marilynn Duran, an advocate with PODER, at a rally held before the hearing.

“They want to use smoke and mirrors to make us think they are really going to build more affordable housing, but really they are only going to give us crumbs,” she said.

Hundreds of the project’s opponents and supporters filled the high school’s auditorium to capacity to hear Maximus representatives reveal details of their proposal in a public hearing that was requested by opposing community groups… (more)

At the end of the four-hour meeting, Planning Commissioners comments were brief.
Link to a video of the 4 hour hearing: 
http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/player/clip/32372?view_id=20

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