1979 Mission – Proposed Community Benefits

1979 Mission pic In addition to adding 290 rental units, 41 affordable workforce homes, and 49 below-market apartments, the 1979 Mission project proposes a number of improvements aimed at increasing community safety and preserving the culture of San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. The planned development would place buildings 15 feet from the property line, expanding the BART plaza by approximately 40 percent, and the developers plan to encourage use of the plaza as a more active public space. The project’s proposed Mercado, or market hall, will provide an opportunity for local artists and businesses to showcase their wares.

In addition, the new, raised playground space will increase the total size of Marshall Elementary School by 50 percent, lessening the impact of shadows from surrounding buildings. The 1979 Mission project will also implement improved lighting to create a safer, more community-oriented neighborhood. The project’s improvements to Capp Street also include new landscaping best practices used by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, as well as traffic-calming features such as widened sidewalks and raised crosswalks.

The developers of 1979 Mission intend to preserve the history of the neighborhood and promote respect for its rich culture. They plan to identify buyers within the community to purchase new on-site homes and will work with local organizations and cultural groups to bring in new residents. Additionally, the project will feature work by local artists at several key focal points.


1979 Mission Street Offers Solutions to San Francisco’s Growing Pains

San Francisco pic As San Francisco continues to grapple with the demands of an exploding population, several development projects are taking shape to relieve some of the resulting pressures on the local housing situation.

The high-density 1979 Mission development will build 290 new rental units and 41 middle-class for-sale homes on a site presently not used for residential purposes. The funds from the sale of the middle-class homes will be used to fund 49 below market rate affordable housing units for the City.
The project also envisions an additional 32,500 square feet of flexible retail space at 16th and Mission that will be made available to local small businesses in the community.

The project will also expand the area of the BART Plaza at 16th and Mission by 40 percent. This will provide safe, ample outdoor space for local residents to gather and enjoy the great variety of small businesses and local cultural events that the plaza is primed to attract.

An Overview of the Mission Area Plan

1979 Mission Area Plan pic Seeking to enrich San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood while preserving its history and culture, the 1979 Mission proposal aligns with the objectives of the Eastern Neighborhoods Mission Area Plan. The result of a nine-year community planning process, the unanimously approved directive set aside 105 foot height limits for the 1979 Mission site.

The Mission Area Plan outlines a number of land-use objectives that call on the city to maintain the Mission District as a great place to live and work while enhancing its mixed-use aspects. It directs new developments to uphold the existing character of the neighborhood and consider factors such as air quality and noise pollution. The plan calls for development that supports a wide variety of businesses, also stating that a significant portion of new residential construction should provide affordable housing for a range of incomes and housing needs. Additionally, the Mission Area Plan encourages development that reinforces the district’s importance to the wider community, including its role as a center of Latino life and culture in San Francisco.

Promoting a diverse, active, and safe community, the plan’s objectives direct support toward community facilities and services, including transportation. The plan provides for public transit improvements to increase service area and ridership and seeks to encourage alternatives to car use by enhancing pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure.

Eye on Economy – Impact of 1979 Mission Street Development

When developers build new projects in dense urban areas, it is important that they provide opportunities for workers and local businesses. The proposed development at 1979 Mission plans to offer both, while also preserving the area’s historic culture.

The development’s plans will provide housing for all income levels, with an emphasis on building middle-class for sale homes so families can purchase property in the Mission for between $280,000-$350,000.
1979 Mission’s ambitious retail expansion at 16th and Mission will also reconfigure the BART Plaza so local businesses will have an ideal opportunity to occupy the new retail space created by the project.

Expanded business activity will translate directly into new employment opportunities for local residents. In the near term, all construction jobs on the project will be 100% union. After completion, long-term employment opportunities will be created in apartment management and retail.