A massive Mission District housing development was approved last night by the Planning Commission, bringing the contentious project one crucial step closer to completion. Nicknamed the "Beast on Bryant" by those opposed to the Bryant Street development, Mission Local reports that the hearing on the 355-unit, two-building development went late into the night before securing the 5-to-2 vote of approval.
The development, which when completed will take up Bryant Street between 18th and 19th, is divided into two separate buildings: A 196-unit market-rate building with three below-market units, and an adjacent 136-unit below-market-rate building (the San Francisco version of a "poor door"?).
“Our overriding goal has been to maximize the amount of affordable housing on our site, that’s what we’ve heard over and over,” Mission Local quotes developer Nick Podell as telling those gathered last night. “We’re the highest percentage of affordable housing that’s been achieved in the city without additional benefit of height and bulk.”
Presently the block is home to arts space Inner Mission, and before that Cell Space.
Although the project overall has just over 41 percent below-market-rate units, under the agreed upon deal the city, and not the developer, is responsible for constructing the 136-unit affordable building. This fact has upset some opponents to the project, who vow to keep fighting the development.
“I believe that the Mission should be able to chose its own destiny," one such opponent, SF resident Jordan Davis, told Mission Local, "and that does not include luxury housing for techy manchildren."