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UCSF pledges to build 1,260 new housing units as part of its Parnassus campus rebuild

UCSF pledges to build 1,260 new housing units as part of its Parnassus campus rebuild
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By Jay Barmann - Published on January 04, 2021.

UCSF and the City of San Francisco announced a community benefits package that will go along with an agreement for the university to rebuild and expand its Parnassus Heights hospital over the next decade — and it includes 1,263 new units of housing, 40 percent of which will be designated as affordable.

The housing is being framed as workforce housing, and as the Examiner reports, at least half the units are expected to be constructed by the time the university completes a rebuild of its hospital, which is hoped to be done by 2030. The proposed housing component 26 percent larger than originally proposed.

The affordable component, comprising around 500 units, will be so-called "middle-income" housing — with half the units available to households making 120 percent Area Median Income (AMI), which is $154,700 for households of four people, and half the units reserved for those making 90 percent of AMI, or currently up to $115,300 for a family of four. The affordable designation will be in place until 2080.

"As we look ahead to our economic recovery, this is an opportunity for us to make significant investments in housing, transportation, jobs, and the long-term health care needs of our City," Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “"his pandemic has shown that not only do we need a strong healthcare system in place to care for our residents, but that these long-term projects with well-paying jobs and affordable housing are essential to keeping our economy strong in this City. This proposed agreement will benefit San Francisco and our residents for years to come, and we are committed to continuing to work collaboratively with UCSF on this project as it moves forward."

UCSF's 70-year-old Medical Center, meanwhile, will be rebuilt and expanded to include about 42 percent more beds — an extra 200 beds — and to comply with current seismic standards. 

UCSF announced its campus expansion plans last spring, and shared the visioning video shown below. As the school explained at the time, the plans include razing buildings that house the School of Nursing and the School of Dentistry, and relocating those programs to new facilities. 

Additionally, as KPIX reports, the university has committed to $20 million in transportation improvements, and they intend to have a 30-percent target for local hires in both construction jobs and entry-level jobs at the hospital. Among the transportation improvements there will likely be some expansions of capacity on the N-Judah line.

The UC Board of Regents will be voting on the proposed agreement later this month, and more details will be presented by the city in a community meeting this week.