Casa Adelante at 681 Florida Begins Construction

Date Posted: 11.03.2020

San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed announced the groundbreaking for Casa Adelante at 681 Florida, a 100% affordable housing project that will provide 130 new homes, including 39 units set aside as permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless households. Performance and studio space for Carnaval San Francisco at the ground floor will create a new community arts hub for the surrounding neighborhood.

The 681 Florida site was initially part of a plan for a large, market-rate development at 2000-2070 Bryant St. The City worked with the community and the owner of the parcel to come to an agreement where 19,000 square feet of land was dedicated to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) as part of the inclusionary housing program to create 100% affordable housing.

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) were selected by the City to develop, own and operate the property. MEDA operates three other Casa Adelante housing developments including 2060 Folsom, also designed by Mithun.

“Casa Adelante – 681 Florida starting construction is a true testament to the years-long collaborative effort to keep this particular location for arts and culture and affordable housing,” said Karoleen Feng, Director of Community Real Estate, MEDA. “We know as a community that Casa Adelante – 681 Florida is as an integral part of reversing the displacement of the Latinx and immigrant community. We are equally excited for the Mission community to see this space once again be reimagined as home for the arts.”

The nine-story building includes studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments that will be available to applicants with a broad range of incomes including 35%, 40%, 50%, 60% and 85% Area Median Income (AMI) or below. Thirty percent of the apartments are set aside for current Mission District residents.

In addition to the arts space for Carnaval, amenities at Casa Adelante – 681 Florida will include a resident community room, south-facing mid-block open space, and a ninth-floor roof deck with urban agriculture plots and spectacular views over the city. High performance green building strategies such as fossil-fuel-free all-electric design, stormwater capture and re-use, healthy building materials and renewable energy in the form of rooftop solar panels will support the health of residents and the planet. Construction by Cahill Contractors and Guzman Construction Group is expected to be complete in August 2022.

Video coverage of the virtual Ground Blessing and Ground Breaking ceremony is available for viewing online (content begins at 13:20). Additional information is available via the event press release.