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Lefties Praise McDonalds, New 'Loin Housing

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"Those who have long criticized the McDonald’s mega-empire can feel better knowing that some of the billions earned by founder Ray Kroc are being put to great use." Beyond Chron calls off the dogs in honor of the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, at 240 Turk Street, a new Salvation Army housing development that opens today in the Tenderloin. Quoted a couple of months back, Salvation Army Major George Rocheleau called the building will be "an island" in the 'Loin's "sea of shark-infested waters"— so in other words, there's new hope in the 'hood. Designed by Herman & Coliver: Architecture, the project will bring 113 "transitional" and permanent housing units to the nabe, including places for children whom have outgrown foster care, as well as a new youth center to keep some of those young sharks from gathering around unsuspecting chum. The center will offer a gym, dance studio, art studios, and even a climbing wall. At a cost of $52.6 million and with an area over 135,000 square feet, its the Salvation Army's grandest undertaking yet.
· Long Sought Community Center Opens in Tenderloin [Beyond Chron]
· Salvation Army Marches Bravely into the Tenderloin [Curbed SF]