San Francisco's Planning Commission has given the green light to a major Mission District housing development despite opposition from affordable housing advocates and those seeking to maintain a place for artists and artisans in the neighborhood.
The panel voted 5-2 late Thursday night to approve a project that opponents, following a local custom that has coined nicknames like Monster in the Mission for big market-rate developments in the neighorhood, have dubbed the Beast on Bryant.
The project, officially known as 2000-2070 Bryant, is slated to replace a collection of small domiciles, artists' studios, offices and workshops on a lot bounded by 18th, Bryant and Florida streets.
With 335 units -- 199 market-rate apartments in one six-story structure next door to an eight-story building with 136 publicly financed affordable units -- it's one of the biggest projects in the city's development pipeline.
Project opponents like Spike Kahn, a local artist and part of a group calling itself Beauty on Bryant, said the new development will push artists and working-class families out of the neighborhood.