Prominent elected officials in California and San Francisco held a ribbon-cutting Nov. 2 to celebrate hundreds of new affordable apartments that are ready for tenants in the Bayview neighborhood.
House Leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor London Breed were among those celebrating the redevelopment of the Alice Griffith Apartments, a project that’s been in the works for a decade.
There are now 306 new affordable units at Alice Griffith, and 90 percent of the complex’s old residents are moving into the new building, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.
“As someone who grew up in public housing and can remember the conditions we lived in at the time, I have been committed to seeing this project through to completion,” Breed said in a statement.
The city of San Francisco received a $30.5 million federal grant for the project in 2011. It was one of five similar projects in the nation that received the grant.
Construction was approved in 2014, and ground was broken on the project a little more than a year later.
The new building was built near the old apartments so that tenants weren’t displaced during construction.
“Revitalizing public housing and building new affordable housing are essential to tackling the housing crisis in our city — and to preserving the diverse, vibrant communities that make San Francisco what it is,” Pelosi said in a statement.
The project isn’t quite done — workers are still building 19 homes for Alice Griffith residents who haven’t moved out of the old complex yet. And they still have to build 11 affordable homes for new tenants, according to city officials.
Some of the units are affordable while others are market rate.
“Many residents wondered if the housing would ever happen for us,” Fala Satele, president of the Alice Griffith Tenants Association, said in a statement. “We have lived and persevered through challenging and stressful times. And now that it is finally here, many of us are filled with gratitude over our new homes.”
Story originally published by Bay City News.