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New nine-story BMR building coming to the Mission

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The neighborhood’s least beastly and/or monstrous new addition

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Local developers want to build a huge new housing complex right in the middle of the Mission.

It would dwarf everything around it, filling in what’s presently only a parking lot right next to an incoming public park, and the developer wants the block upzoned for even more floors than they’ve already got.

Yes, this is a familiar tune, but the pitch is slightly different this time.

The proposed nine story building at 2070 Folsom Street (sometimes dubbed 2060 Folsom instead) would be a one hundred percent below market rate complex, all 136 of its homes reserved for working people unable to afford other buildings in the neighborhood.

Twenty percent of the building would be reserved for "transitional age youth" (those moving out of foster or state care).

Christopher Gil of the Mission Economic Development Agency, who are developing the building in tandem with Chinatown Community Development Center, pitched the project last year as a way to "stabilize the Mission."

The initial plan called for 101 units, but MEDA and CCDC want to build some extra stories (for nine in total) and an additional 25 units. After all, it’s not as if a building opportunity like this is going to come along every day. So the developers went to the Planning Commission on Thursday to ask for just a little bit more, including permission to cast a shadow over the park.

You may be wondering: What could anyone possibly object to about a proposal like this? Well, so far, not much, in a refreshing note of neighborly harmony.

Still, MissionLocal speculated that the size of the project (a quick glance at the surrounding blocks reveal that a nine story building would stick out like a sore thumb) and its design might yet draw some ire from some outliers at the meeting.

But there was no cause for anxiety. The hearing was a love fest, and the commission approved unanimously. This is by no means the final hurdle for the building. But since there’s literally nothing wrong with it, we can’t imagine what obstacle could possibly fall into its path.