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Firefighters plus housing

The city of San Francisco is looking for a developer to build market-rate housing above the newly seismically upgraded Fire Station 13 (530 Sansome Street) in Jackson Square. Affordable housing fees from the market-rate development are expected to fund more than 50 units of affordable housing in Chinatown.

Mayor London Breed said, “Our lack of housing is hurting our residents and our city, and we need to build new homes wherever we can, including on public land.”

Supervisor Aaron Peskin said he proposed housing on this fire station site a decade and a half ago as a way to “maximize the public benefits of our public parcels.” Now he adds, “When I came back into office, we were not only facing a housing crisis but a loss of our iconic legacy businesses, and I realized that we needed creative solutions. We’ve finally landed on a proposal that brings housing to the transit-rich downtown job center, rebuilds one of the busiest fire stations in the city, and funds an affordable housing and legacy business rehab in the heart of Chinatown. I’m really quite thrilled to see this finally move forward after so many years.”

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