SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Opponents of a major development, planned to be built above the 16th Street Bay Area Rapid Transit station plaza in San Francisco, have growing concerns over how the project will affect the area.
The proposal from developer Maximus Real Estate Partners is being designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and calls for bringing 350 housing units and 3,200 square feet of retail space to the Mission District.
Some 200 concerned residents packed a meeting Thursday night, organized by opponents of the plan. Maggie Sanchez with the Mission Coalition said it seems to be a growing problem in her neighborhood.
“I’m seeing a lot of condominiums being built and they’re booting out the low income people,” she said. “Where are we going to go?”
Community organizer Oscar Grande said it’s a slap in the face to put a development like this in one of the poorer areas of the Mission District.
“Where developers come with profit in mind, we’re here to say, let’s start with the people first,” he said.
The current plan calls for the project to include 42 affordable housing units, along with over 300 at market rate. But the developer said the number of affordable units could go up.
Maximus Real Estate Partners is also working on a community benefits package with the city and Mission District non-profit groups.