Mission Nonprofit to Turn Neglected Building into Affordable Housing

Various plans have been proposed for the building on 18th and Mission streets, but this one is backed by community groups.

Plans for that mysterious, dilapidated building on 18th and Mission streets have changed course once again.

This time, for a noble cause — its newest owner, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), plans to add at least 40 affordable housing units, Mission Local reports. The nonprofit bought the building, at 2205 Mission St. for $6 million earlier this month.

Planning documents show applications to turn the building into housing in 2009, a restaurant and brewery in 2014, and a dialysis clinic in early 2017.

Plans to add six stories and renovate the building are expected to cost another $45 million and break ground in 2019, according to Mission Local. The Dance Mission Theater and the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center is also in talks with MEDA to relocate to the building.

Half of the housing units — to be sold through a city below-market-rate housing ownership program — will reportedly have two to three bedrooms for families. 

MEDA has preserved nearly 1,100 units in an effort to develop 2,000 apartments and 200,000 square feet of commercial space by 2020 before they become unaffordable. Some upcoming projects include a senior affordable housing development at 1296 Shotwell St. and another development at 1990 Folsom St.

There’s much to fix and money to raise before renovation would in 2019, but the drive to preserve affordable housing and community space may carry this plan to fruition. 

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