2675 Folsom Street rendering: Axis Development Group
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos has sent a letter urging the city’s Planning Commission to halt three market-rate housing projects around the 24th Street corridor, also known as the Calle 24 Latino District. His reasoning? A proper study on Latino displacement should be conducted before radically changing the neighborhood.
2675 Folsom Street, a proposed 117-unit condo building, is one of the developments that Campos wants to see delayed, and it has already received some pushback. Before developer Axis Development Group had even begun presenting its proposal for the building at a community meeting last April, locals concerned about gentrification began loudly voicing negative opinions — “give Axis the axe” was the dominant chant of the evening.
Other buildings that would be affected are 1515 South Van Ness Avenue, a 138-unit apartment development, and 2600 Harrison Street. The latter would replace an existing warehouse with a four-story residential building with 20 apartments, including a penthouse. Both developments have also faced opposition from neighborhood activists concerned about an influx of wealthy new residents, reports Mission Local.
San Francisco designated the Calle 24 Latino District a “Latino cultural and commercial district” in 2014, but no specific legislature to protect the area has followed. Campos hopes that, among other things, his proposed study will help give a better idea of how much affordable housing is needed in the area.
An excerpt from Campos’ letter clearly defines what the report should research:
- Existing, neighborhood-serving businesses
- The displacement of current residences
- The affordability of rents for low- and middle-income residents
- The Latino community living and working in the Cultural District