By J.K. Dineen, Reporter- San Francisco Business Times
The first affordable housing units at the Hunters Point Shipyard will be under construction by next spring, a 60-unit rental project that will come on line just after Lennar finishes its first wave of for sale units.
Amcal Multi-Housing and Young Community Builders are preparing to start work in June on Block 49, according to Craig Adelman, a vice president with Amcal. The rental project, at the intersection of Donahue Street and Kirkwood Avenue, will target households earning up to 50 percent of Area Median Income. The project architects are David Baker Architects and Interstice Architects. Cahill is the contractor.
The project design was approved October 15th by the reconstituted San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, now called the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, or OCII.
“Our specialty is to build product that, from the untrained eye, is indistinguishable from the surrounding community, both in quality of design and quality of operation,” said Adelman. “We have a great design and a great architecture team. What we build there is going to be fabulous.”
The housing will target working families and will be the only rental property so far in the first phase. The average unit size will be 833 square feet and resident common area amenities include a 620 square feet community room/ kitchen facing the pocket park and 1,280 square feet of shared laundry room and lounges overlooking the courtyard.
Overall, the Shipyard redevelopment plan calls for 12,000 housing units to be built on 770-acres over the next 20 years. Lennar is currently under construction on its first 247 market-rate units, some of which will be completed in 2014. The first phase of the shipyard redevelopment totals 1,400 residential units, with almost one-third qualifying as affordable. Lennar is donating the land for the development – worth an estimated $4.5 million – and is throwing in another $8 million for construction costs.