A massive project proposed for the UCSF Laurel Heights campus would transform the quiet neighborhood with 744 homes, many of them affordable, and bring desperately needed new housing to a part of the city that’s seen little development in recent years.
On Tuesday, Supervisor Catherine Stefani introduced a major step toward the project’s approval: a proposal to change the lot’s zoning, so the city can turn the hulking office building into a place for people to live.
Stefani will also introduce a package of community benefits that includes 186 units of on-site affordable housing for seniors, a child care facility and streetscape improvements, such as a new park, public walkways and expanded sidewalks. It will also include 857 units of underground parking.
“We’re in a housing crisis, and bringing this many units online in District Two is not only good for the district, but the city as well,” Stefani said. “I’m really excited that we’ve ended up in a place where we’re going to build 186 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors. It’s a dream I didn’t even know could happen.”
But even by San Francisco standards, the project’s approval has been slow and painstaking: The developers have been working on the plan for more than five years and said they have held more than 160 meetings in the community, only a handful of which were open to the public.