Dilapidated Hunters Point Projects Revamped Into Modern New Homes
Hunters View, a 267-unit public housing project located in Bayview Hunters Point that was constructed back in 1956 was in dire decrepit state, deteriorated beyond repair and almost uninhabitable. The buildings were deteriorating, the area wild and steep, and the neighborhood felt unsafe, forgotten, cast aside.
Photo by Lacy Atkins at SF Chronicle featured in San Francisco Tomorrow
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Finally, in 2005, forty-nine years after the community was built, the San Francisco Housing Authority did something about it and selected the development team of Ridge Point Non-Profit Housing Corporation, The John Stewart Company and Devine & Gong, Inc. to work with Hunters View’s residents, the community and the City of San Francisco to revitalize the housing projects.
The monumental project required an unprecedented level of collaboration and partnership among various City, State, and Federal entities. Under the leadership of the City of San Francisco, the following principles have been developed to guide the revitalization of Hunters View.
Per HuntersView.info, these four were mandatory in the rebuilding process:
- Resident participation throughout the entire process
- One-for-one replacement of all existing public housing units
- Current residents have first right to new public housing units
- Phased construction to allow for on-site relocation
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Furthermore, once completed, the Hunters View project called HOPE SF will come out with all these features:
- An economically integrated neighborhood with a mix of housing options, consisting of new public housing units, affordable rental apartments, first-time homebuyer opportunities and market-rate for-sale homes
- Physical and social connections between the Hunters View HOPE SF development and the nearby neighborhood
- Comprehensive programming that will offer opportunities to residents of every age, including financial literacy services and computer training
- Jobs resulting from this revitalization will be targeted to local residents, job opportunities will be available during all phases of the project, and job training and other career development services will be offered to help residents prepare for work.
- Quality child care, including a new Head Start
- A community center, tot lots, playgrounds, and parks
- New design, lighting and security that will enhance the safety of the community and bring brighter pathways and community connections.
- Green and healthy development principles that include:
- Storm water management
- Solar technology
- Green construction and healthy buildings
Last week, the project reached the completion of its Phase 2 and the new development was unveiled in a ceremony attended by some of San Francisco’s top leaders, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Mayor London Breed.
The once decrepit development is unrecognizable.
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Photo: Devine & Gong, Inc
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Phase 3 which is to add a park, a community center, tot lots and playground is underway:
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For now, the housing are ready and as the city promised, the former residents of the housing project may return to claim their new modern homes – homes they can be proud of.
Plus, there’s a fantastic place for kids to play at the newly renovated Hunters Point Youth Park: