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San Francisco Moving Forward on its First Teacher Housing Project

The mayor of San Francisco announced plans to convert an old administrative building, owned by the school district, into housing for teachers. It’s a long-awaited idea that has finally come to fruition.
May 15, 2017, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Heather Knight reports that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee "has picked a site for teacher housing: the Francis Scott Key Annex at 1360 43rd Ave. in the Outer Sunset."

According to the article, the city "will commit $44 million in city money to build 130 to 150 rental units of teacher housing and will seek a developer as soon as possible."

The article also details the long history of the idea of teacher housing in San Francisco, where high housing costs and a cash-strapped school district create a sore need for housing options for the city's teachers.

As for the development deal that will make the project happen, "the Francis Scott Key Annex consists of a ramshackle, century-old building used for administrative purposes," according to Knight. "The city’s $44 million would help cover pre-development and construction costs," and a housing developer will likely pay for a ground lease.

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Published on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in San Francisco Chronicle
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