MidPen chosen as developer of City's first teacher housing project
BAR Architects has partnered with MidPen Housing to design San Francisco's first housing complex for educators, which is expected to open its doors in the Outer Sunset neighborhood in 2022. The development is a partnership between the City, the San Francisco Unified School District and the district's educators union, United Educators of San Francisco, and aims to address a mounting housing and affordability crisis among the City's teachers and paraeducators. Preliminary plans for the project include over 100 apartments at the SFUSD-owned Francis Scott Key Annex at 1351 42nd Ave. The site is currently used for a temporary community space and park known as Playland at 43rd Avenue.
“The panel was impressed with MidPen for a number of reasons, including their deep experience in affordable housing developments serving middle-income households as well as specific experience in educator housing,” said Leigh, adding that the developer was also noted for having “established a track record of successfully counseling educator residents into home-ownership opportunities.”
BAR Architects has partnered with MidPen Housing on a number of affordable housing projects including City Center Plaza in Redwood City, 636 El Camino in South San Francisco, the recently completed Alma Point Senior Housing in Foster City, and Chestnut Square Senior Housing in Livermore.