Neighbors of Mission District Affordable Housing Cry, 'Too Tall!'

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The 96-unit project proposed for 1296 Shotwell St. A muraled facade would face Cesar Chavez Street and Bernal Heights.  (Mission Economic Development Agency.)

Neighbors of a new affordable housing project were adamant at a community meeting on Saturday morning: They oppose a nine-story senior building coming to Shotwell Street near Cesar Chavez Street because its height will create wind tunnels, block sunlight and “bring downtown to the Mission.”

Bernal Heights residents were particularly vocal about the building, which will be the tallest in the area, saying the development would obstruct their skyline views.

“I have a beautiful view of the cityscape. And the cityscape is going to be gone, and I don’t want that,” said Joelle Chartier, a Bernal Heights resident. Chartier called the project “selfish, insane and out of character,” and said the city should consider lowering the number of units and look elsewhere to build up.

The project at 1296 Shotwell St. between Cesar Chavez and 26th streets would offer 95 affordable units — plus one unit for an on-site property manager — to seniors making up to 50 percent of area median income, which is $37,700 for a one-person household. Because the parcel is currently capped at 65 feet, project sponsors will be seeking a legislative workaround that would single out the parcel for a height increase to 85 feet.

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Neighbors of Mission District Affordable Housing Cry, 'Too Tall!'