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Long-Vacant Upper Haight SRO to Turn Affordable Housing


The long-vacant SRO at Masonic and Page will soon be converted to affordable housing studios for developmentally disabled adults, if approved by the Planning Commission tomorrow. 1500 Page has sat vacant for many years, and back in 2009 a previous proposal to provide permanent affordable housing and counseling services for up to 55 formerly homeless adults was approved but later abandoned. The new project by Paulett Taggart Architects will modify the existing building to provide up to 17 dwelling units (16 studios and one 1-bedroom apartment for a manager), with a lobby/dining/kitchen area, sevices, and access to common open space on the ground floor. They'll also clean up the windows along Masonic which have been filled in for a while. According to Uppercasing, Mercy Housing, a non-profit dedicated to building affordable housing for poor families, and The ARC, a non-profit service and advocacy organization for adults with Autism, have been collecting feedback at community meetings for a year and a half. The old 2009 project was approved to add height, so since this version of the reno keeps the same height, approvals should be a breeze.
· Conditional Use Authorization - 1500 Page [SF Planning]
· Housing for the Developmentally Disabled at Page & Masonic [Upper Casing]
· Previous Coverage of Paulett Taggart Architects [Curbed SF]