Central SoMa affordable housing battle brews over Forest City project


By Cory Weinberg : bizjournals – excerpt

The location for the mega project slated to bring 1.8 million square feet of offices and apartments to the four acres around the San Francisco Chronicle building seems ideal. Forest City and Hearst Corp.’s 5M project will get a prime spot near the Powell Street BART station, allowing it to punctuate the northwest part of the reimagined neighborhood. It will also be a block from the future Central Subway.

But that location is also drawing the developer into a battle that will preview other potential Central SoMa skirmishes when it hits the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors later this year. Dozens of single-room occupancy hotels line Sixth Street, a block away from the 5M project, and activists worry the SROs won’t have a future in South of Market’s new upscale playground.

“It’s a huge concern – the proximity of the SROs to…

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