Modifying the Proposed 2550 Irving St Project

The Mid-Sunset Neighborhood Association is supportive of an affordable housing development at 2550 Irving Street that is reasonably integrated for the benefit of new and existing residents and businesses.  To that end, the Mid-Sunset Neighborhood Association has engaged a laywer and architect to assist the community in negotiating with the developer, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), their architect, and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) for impact studies and modifications of the 2550 Irving Street Project as proposed.  The first two months of bills have already been paid through generous donations by MSNA Board Members, but as these negotiations continue, other neighborhood families and merchants have asked how they can contribute. We’ve established this GoFundMe to facilitate greater community participation. We appreciate that the Sunset is a largely working class district, so we welcome contributions at all levels - if you prefer to contribute a smaller amount monthly, that’s great! 

Since we launched this campaign, we've asked TNDC, MOHCD and Supervisor Gordon Mar to engage with the community in good faith to make this development a success for all involved, with a focus on:

1) Reduce the height of the building from 7 stories to 4 stories (*UPDATE: our proposed compromise design is for 6 stories with a setback) and design an exterior in harmony with the distinctive Sunset style, particularly given the surrounding blocks’ Parkway Terrace Historic District designation. The design should incorporate setbacks on the North side to reduce encroachment on immediately adjacent 1 and 2-story houses, and protect the solar rights of immediate neighbors, including those who already have solar panels.  Other existing and proposed affordable housing units in the Sunset are 4-5 stories high, and are more consistent with what successful affordable housing in CA looks like according to research. 

2) Guarantee a tenant mix that includes:
     40% of residents are from the Sunset
     50% of residents are families with children, in keeping with the stated intention of the developers and what has been advertised publicly.

3) Adding moderate/middle income to the proposed tenant mix in order to be more balanced and supportive of working families (including teachers, health-care workers, essential workers) and seniors, as these groups don’t currently qualify for the majority of units skewed to special population/formerly homeless & extremely/very low income.

4) Increase the parking-to-unit ratio from 11% ratio to 25% (proposed 11 parking spots for 100 units/300+people).

5) Articulate a plan for how they will assess and support the needs of the 20% special population/formerly homeless and provide adequate social services, security & maintenance – both for their benefit and the surrounding community.

6) Conduct and pay for the necessary neighborhood impact studies to understand soil toxicity, traffic, public safety and MUNI impact and propose ways to mitigate any problems. A full Environmental Impact Review is necessary with such a large project.

7) Study the impacts of construction & development on immediate neighbors and propose ways to mitigate problems – including accommodations for shade, privacy, construction impact, etc.

8) In addition to small working group meetings, continue to hold live public community meetings with 2-way communication accessible to all. Extend the project timeline if necessary to account for the pandemic.

Invite and include community feedback in the development process, allowing opportunity for review and additional feedback from the community prior to submitting plans to the Planning Department.

You can also support the MSNA’s efforts by signing the Mid-Sunset Neighborhood Association's petition at  To receive updates or to join the Mid-Sunset Neighborhood Association, please visit

The Mid-Sunset Neighborhood Association has filed the necessary paperwork to incorporate as a non-profit. That is where donations to this GoFundMe page will be deposited for payment of legal and architect fees.

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Joan Klau
San Francisco, CA

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