The 16th Street BART Plaza where Spanish-speaking preachers blare sermons from portable amps and plaza regulars spend their days on benches in front of Burger King and Walgreens may soon transform into a square of glass towers, market-rate apartments and an expanded marketplace — if a recently resurrected housing project can defeat community opposition.
If it’s approved, the 10-story, 380-unit project at 16th and Mission would be the largest housing project built in the Mission District, just ahead of the 335-unit development at 2000–2070 Bryant St. that was approved by the Planning Commission last week and achieved a significant 41 percent of affordable housing.
The controversial development at the northeast corner of 16th and Mission — dubbed the “Monster in the Mission” by activists -- had the first of many public meetings on Thursday.
The hearing at City Hall came just days after a lawsuit between the developer and the owners of the site that delayed the project for months was settled for an undisclosed amount, clearing a major hurdle for the development.
Still, the project faces heated opposition from affordable housing activists.