Mercy Housing's new affordable housing complex at 1180 Fourth Street in Mission Bay is officially open for business. The apartments started taking applications back in February and ultimately received 2,983 application for just 99 affordable units. An additional 50 units are designated for formerly homeless families who came to the project via referrals through the San Francisco Human Services Agency. The opening of the building was delayed for several months after its scheduled June opening date after a fire across the street slightly damaged the building in progress, but some of the formerly homeless residents began moving in back in September while construction was still wrapping up. Now about 95 percent of the units are spoken for.
The new $55 million complex was designed by Mithun | Solomon with associate architects Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Full Circle Architects. It is six stories tall and has a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. There are 11,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor that will include a restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Channel streets, several courtyards and gardens, a teen room, an exercise room, two family day-care units, and supportive services spaces.