Frequently asked questions
How are the developers selected and who will manage the building?
In September of 2019, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) posted an RFQ for a qualified developer to develop permanent affordable housing at 730 Stanyan Street. In January of 2020, MOHCD selected both Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) to co-develop the site. The joint venture team of TNDC and CCDC brings combined eight decades of experience building in San Francisco. While the two organizations evenly share the development responsibilities, TNDC will be providing full-time Property Management of the building.
What is the Community outreach process?
An initial outreach to various neighborhood groups started in early March by the development team of CCDC and TNDC in person. However, due to COVID-19, the development team has followed up using digital media to introduce the development and architecture teams to the community in late June to listen and gather input regarding the development of permanent housing. With the insights gained from June listening session, the development and the design teams will present initial design options to the community via Zoom in August. Paper mailers will be sent out to those who reside within 300-foot radius of the project site and emails will be sent out to those who register on the project website. Additionally, the development team will reach out to the various neighborhood groups and post the upcoming meeting information on the project website.
What is the Population being served and at what income levels?
Per the City RFQ, MOHCD has asked us to explore the possibility of housing both families and another population, which could be seniors or Transitional Age Youth (TAY). CCDC and TNDC team is working to determine how we might finance a building that includes different populations. In addition, the project will serve low-income families (in 1-3 bedroom units) unsubsidized with an income range between 30%-100% MOHCD Unadjusted San Francisco Area Median Income (AMI). The project also needs to house formerly homeless families in units subsidized by the City’s Local Operating Subsidy Program (“LOSP”) with a City services contract for 40 units, or 25% of the total number of units, whichever is greater. LOSP will subsidize residents earning 30% or lower AMI.
What is the building height limit and how many units will be included?
730 Stanyan is within the NCD - Haight Street Neighborhood Commercial District. The project design team will be abiding by these regulations for the design of affordable housing at 730 Stanyan Street. Per Zoning and Planning regulations, the maximum height limit is 83 feet. The total number of units will depend on the type of populations to be housed along with the type of government funding provided associated with the type of population that the funding is slated for.
What kind of programs will be on the ground floor?
Per the City’s RFQ, the City’s expectations for the project include provision of ground floor commercial spaces that serve the neighborhood (including the residents of the Project), with specific programming determined through a comprehensive community outreach process and financial/market analysis. We envision ground floor spaces including multiple commercial spaces that serve the neighborhood, as well as spaces related to the affordable housing (such as property management offices, tenant services offices, a community room for the building, etc.). The final selection of service providers will be through a publicly open RFP process through the City.
How will the project address the unique architecture of the neighborhood?
The project team is very well aware of the need to address the different street frontages - Waller as the residential street with lower stories, while Haight Street as the commercial corridor that can potentially accommodate a higher presence. We will also be paying attention to the Stanyan Street side with any potential impact on the Golden Gate Park. According to the Haight Ashbury Public Realm Plan, “a diverse range of land uses line Haight Street from Central to Stanyan. Most of the corridor has ground floor commercial businesses, restaurants and retail, and housing above.” The project team will do its best to follow the Planning Code while respecting the existing neighborhood context coupled with the needs of both residents and neighborhood, recognizing pedestrian experiences.
How much funding has been secured for the project?
As explained under building height question, the funding will be dependent of the type of population that will be served on the project, which is under consideration. The various federal, state, and local funding sources have specific requirements and deadlines, and in order to apply for the available funding, the project will need to have a developed design. Our current goal is to apply for the various funding in 2021 in order to start construction in 2022.
How do you reach out to future residents?
The 730 Stanyan development team will be putting together a marketing plan prior to completion of construction to distribute and share information via various news and social media. In addition, the building will have a physical sign on the exterior for the upcoming availability prior to the City’s DAHLIA Lottery system with a publicly accessible website for registration.
How are Victorian windows articulated in this building? Hard to see it.
The status of design that was presented during the Community Meeting 3 was the overall massing and height, and we have not yet designed the window openings. In regards to the volumetric studies, please refer to our Community Meeting 3 presentation uploaded on to
Twenty seven minutes into the presentation, the
design team explains the urban context of the surrounding Victorian buildings, and there is also reference to 10 to15-ft grid of rhythmic undulation of the surrounding Victorian architecture that gets reinterpreted into contemporary design of the current building. The windows will be set within the 10-foot rhythm imposed on the new building exterior. The actual design of the window openings will be shared at the next meeting after further studies.
Will there be storefronts on Haight Street?
There will be storefronts on Haight Street, including the restaurant space, technology training center, and drop-in center for Transitional Aged Youth (TAY). The slides from our most recent presentation are available on 730stanyan.org and include a ground floor plan.
What would be the extra cost for convex facades (like the windows in the Victorians shown in an earlier slide)?
The costing of the face will not be based on individual variations, but taken as an overall cost of the design based on the amount of repetition, size of the openings, the material used as well as the attachment details.
Will HVAC have sufficient air flow for virus control? Will windows be operable?
Most windows will be operable. The team has not chosen an HVAC system yet and are looking at different options for airflow. Both TNDC and CCDC are thinking about airflow and circulation through the lens of COVID-19.
There are already several drop in centers along Haight. Why add still another
one? What will be different from Larkin St., or Huckleberry House?
The permanent housing at 730 Stanyan will include units for Transitional Aged Youth. We see the TAY drop-in center on the first floor as a perfect opportunity to provide additional services to the young adults in the neighborhood experiencing homelessness as well as provide necessary support services to the TAY residents of 730 Stanyan.
How many units are supportive housing?
Supportive housing is the combination of affordable housing and services. All residents of 730 Stanyan will have access to support services, either provided by TNDC Tenant and Community Services staff or by the third party service provider for Transitional Aged Youth (TAY).
Will the ground floor organizations be locked into any timeframe? As the community evolves, when will these establishments be reevaluated?
The ground floor commercial tenants will sign leases for their space and the length of each of these leases will be negotiated during the public RFP process to identify commercial tenants. In that sense, the commercial tenants will be obligated to their lease term just as any other business renting space is.
How many elevators will be in the building, located approximately where? Will they be large enough to socially distance, to accommodate the 200+ residents in a timely and efficient manner?
There will be two elevators in the building located past the entry lobby on the first floor. The slides from our most recent presentation are available on 730stanyan.org and include a ground floor plan. Each elevator cab will meet the minimum requirement for a emergency stretcher, which is 6’-8” X 5’-4”. This allows for 2 people standing at diagonally opposite corners to ride the same elevator cab at a time. We hope that by the time this building is ready for move in, which would be late 2024, we hope that social distancing will not be required.