Images: PYATOK and YA Studios
Renderings are up for the revamping of Midtown Park Apartments, an affordable housing complex owned by the city in the Western Addition.
The 139-unit development was constructed in the 1960s with six low-slung residential buildings around a central courtyard, according to SocketSite. The full-block project offers one- to three-bedroom homes for low- to moderate-income tenants. The city is partnering with affordable developer Mercy Housing to upgrade the entire complex, which is bounded by Divisadero, Geary, Scott and O’Farrell streets.
PYATOK and associate architect YA Studios are designing the renovation plan. Four buildings on Scott, O’Farrell and Divisadero, with a total 96 affordable units, will be renovated. Two buildings on Geary Boulevard, with a total of 44 units, will be razed and replaced by two new structures with up to 114 apartments, according to a Planning Department document from October 2013.
The proposal is slated to add 70 units to the site, and some of the new residences will be market-rate. A minimum of 188 units would be affordable, according to the proposal.
According to PYATOK’s site, the two new buildings fronting Geary Boulevard will be “set close to the street edge to restore lively connections to this busy thoroughfare.” The redevelopment will have new community gathering spaces opening up to the street and central courtyard.
Under the proposed plan, rents could increase for the current tenants, in accordance with the current below-market-rate income levels, the San Francisco Examiner reported. The lowest rent paid at the property as of January is $381 per month for a three-bedroom apartment, Teresa Yanga, director of housing development for the Mayor’s Office of Housing, told the Examiner.