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housing out of the mayor's office of affordable housing's hands. it needs to be in the hands of a federal judge. you violate the law, due prosper taining to equal application of the law pertaining to the homeless people out on the -- due process, pertaining to equal application of the law pertaining to homeless people out on the street. you can price gouge and price fix and let that 30% of affordable let it be for people in high income brackets. 40% at 45 to 50% of a.m.i.
you do not use the [s thbrackets on the a.m.i. back on me, camera man. jane kim price fixed and price gouged. 40% of that apartment complex is supposed to be affordable housing, and only 2% is accepted to apply at an income of about 45,0$45,000 to $50,00. you've got inclusionary law where people in the low-income is supposed to be drunkinclude the housing opportunity, but yet, when you do the documentation, you do not include them. >> supervisor walton: thank you, mr. wright. is there any other public comment on item number seven? seeing none, public comment is
closed. supervisor mar, did you have any questions or statements? thank you. with that said, i will make a motion to refer to the board of supervisors with positive recommendation. we'll take that without objection. at this time, we would like to -- i'd like to make a motion to recess until 11:15. going to give our nominee for item number four an opportunity to get here by 11:15. . >> supervisor walton: back in session. thank you so much. mr. clerk, would you please call item number four. >> clerk: item number four is the motion approving-rejecting the mayor's nomination for ruby bolaria-shifrin for a term
ending february 26, 2022. >> supervisor walton: thank you so much. miss bolaria-shifrin, you have the floor. >> you know, when you can't get rid of your maiden name. so my name is ruby bolaria-shifrin. i'm honored and humbled that the mayor has nominated me to be on the board. san francisco has been my home for most of my adult life. i started my career in the environmental movement in earth justice and after working with the obama campaign in '08 i bam an event organizer working with
water and food rights. i wanted to learn more and went to ucla to earn my master's in urban and regional planning. after graduating, i worked in real estate development in san francisco both in the office market and as a regional manager for fi5-point. my current role allows me to blend my mission driven roots and experience with my more technical housing knowledge. besides visiting island for my birthday, i went to treasure island to learn about its rich history including the emergence of san francisco as a force, including the navy was fascinating. i learned about the climate
impaction plan. i am familiar with the island, its conditions, and history. should i be appointed, my goals would include helping ensure treasure island development delivers on its promises so both current and future residents can enjoy the community. i'm committed to learning the desires of the current residents and make sure they're heard. we must think about the communities impacted with the development. it is my goal to promote transparency so that the outcomes are well understood. throughout my career, i have sought to promote equity and believe the built environment, housing in particular, are key to building thriving communities where everyone has access to opportunity. i believe my experience working with impacted communities, development, and supporting policy change would be put to good use to supporting the public in this role. treasure island will become a
destination for bay-area residents and tourists around the world. i would work with the board to building treasure island into a better place for our city. i thank you for your support. i also have some letters inform are your support -- letters for your support. >> supervisor walton: do you have any questions, supervisor mar? >> ye >> supervisor mar: i did have some questions -- well, just to say you're -- you're -- you're a really impressive candidate, and you bring a lot of -- of great per spspectives and to t
great work happening around the development. i was just wondering if you could elaborate a little bit more maybe on how you would approach working with the current residents to ensure their concerns and their voices are included, you know, as this important work moves forward. >> yeah, absolutely. one of the things i've been able to do is work with supervisor haney's office to identify some of the community leaders and activists on the island, so i've setup meetings with them to meet with them and hear more of what their concerns are, not only with the island "bohemian rhapsody" their engagement in the gorchsance and process? so one, just listening, they're the experts, they're the impacted community. they're the ones that should be proposing both the concerns and their solutions. and i think that what i would like to do, some of the concerns that i have heard about are the residents post
d.d.a. and what happens with them? the toll and congestion pricing, and the desperate impact it has on low-income folks. so i think both of those issues are solvable? but making sure that the current residents are -- have a seat at the table in coming up with those policy decisions i think will be critical, so that's something that i hope to bring. >> supervisor mar: thank you. and i think for this project and others that -- that are potentially contentious, and there's different interests, sometimes competing interests, i think building trust among the different stakeholders is really key, do you have any thoughts about how we can continue to foster and built more trustine tida and the residents and the businesses?
>> yeah, in my current job, i would say that 90% of my job is building trust, so i think that this would be a very similar situation and a similar use of my skills in that way in engaging with folks especially one-on-one and on us the realm of -- and outside the realm of a courtroom, having more of informal conversations. and proof is in the pudding, right? so i think step one, listening, talking, engaging, bringing those concerns up within the tida board but also acting on that, right? talk is cheap, and so it'll be really important that the board is able to take action that reflects the concerns of the community. >> supervisor mar: great. thank you, and just maybe one
more specific question as an example. what are your thoughts on the proposed tolls. >> so congestion pricing is not new. it exists in london, singapore. so i think there is a model -- and by the way, there are exemptions for low-income folks. so there are model that we can look to to try to find the most equitiable solutions here? so i think there needs to be some carve outs, but what that looks like -- the devil is in the details? but i think that is a conversation that needs to be on the table. >> supervisor walton: so you mentioned a little bit on -- talking about what concerns residents have for their rights post-d.d.a. what kinds of ideas are you thinking about working with the residents on so that they can
keep their rights? >> yeah, absolutely. so the d.d.a. was signed almost ten years ago, right? so, like, this is not something where you sign the d.d.a. and then, a year later, right? this is now something where you've had folks living in the community for a while, so we need to be looking at something that include them in an equitiable way but don't threaten their housing. in another job, we had folks eligible for considerable upgrades, and folks were moving in not considered under that same agreement. so we had to work -- there was the government side, and an n.g.o. that we were working it,
so we worked together to find a solution to incorporate these residents and what that would look like. and what that was based on was community participation and engagement. so i think one thing to figure out is what that looks like for folks in the community and then figure out what's possible. >> supervisor walton: how would you work with the residents to make sure that the site is clean, there aren't any radiological hazards, health issues. how would you make sure we do the right thing in that area? >> absolutely. so one of the main things -- and this is where i think communication and transparency is key. a lot of times, folks say trust me or do it in a way that doesn't resonate.
step one is understanding and then tida could be involved in the communitien gamgment process to get community results and get community buy-in. so -- gaugement process to get community results and get community buy-in. this goes back to what supervisor mar was saying about building trust and building trust in the community. >> supervisor walton: there's always communication concerns particularly when we're talking about development, and we know
that there are populations of folks that english is not their first language. how are you going to ensure that information gets out to residents where english is not their first language? >> absolutely. i think we need to have demographics around the community and stuff so we know what we're dealing with in terms of how to communicate? because there's other things to deal with. and then, the second step is to work with -- i mean, i would probably hire a consulting firm, also, that can put together either consulting -- probably more appropriate would be, too, community groups that exist in the city? i think treasure island sometimes feels isolated, and there's a lot of amazing community groups that exist in san francisco that if given a little community support would be happy to lend their services to treasure island, and so thinking about how we can share our resources in san francisco.
>> supervisor walton: thank you. any other questions, supervisor mar? with that said, we will open this item up to public comment. if anyone would like to speak, you can lineup to my left, your right, and you have two minutes. >> i want you to pay real close attention. first of all, there's no concrete test results on that r radio active material at treasure island. i recommend you getting hired, but there's a recommendation to getting those samples tested. there's an example of a black man coming to the offices of jane kim to talk about the cancer that he was diagnosed with, and jane kim slammed the door in his face. this complex on my right is a three-story apartment building apartment of 144 units, and the
price is $56 million per 144 units. it's the best bargain in construction of apartment complex in the whole god damn city and county of san francisco. i'm upset that you're not taking advantage of my information. there's another apartment complex, as well. it's an 87-unit apartment complex. it's being built and sold for $57 million complex. three times nine is 29. th -- 27. that means you could build three complexes and use the same technique as this 87-unit apartment complex and take chunks out of the homeless. we've got a rule that says 15%
of all apartment building complexes are supposed to be for low-income and very low-income and you're not using it. that's why you've got -- >> supervisor walton: thank you, mr. wright. any other public comment? and please feel free to lineup over there if you plan to speak. >> hi. i'm katelyn fox. i'm a resident of san francisco's district ten? and i work with ruby, and she managed our housing portfolio which is within the justice and opportunity initiative. i believe ruby would be an excellent member of the treasure island development authority for three reasons. first her passion for housing is undeniable. her career speaks to this issue, and seeing it from
multiple points. she has helped craft a comprehensive nuanced strategy to develop housing in our region and in our state. she is able to push for very bold solutions for our housing. i've seen firsthand that ruby does this beautifully. third, she is committed to ensuring equity and addressing the consequences that may impact the most vulnerable residences. she makes sure that no one is left out of living in the city and benefiting from our region's growth. so i think that ruby would be an excellent addition to the committee and i fully support her recommendation to the committee. thank you. >> supervisor walton: next speaker. >> hi.
i'm anna lee gould. i've known ruby over a decade as well and her commitment not only to the members of san francisco but to the members of this most vulnerable community is something that's truly drawn me and others to her. i started working with her back in 2009, i believe, as a domestic violence crisis counselor for women's inc? she has continued to show her dedication to the women's rights issues. global fund for women is another project that she dedicates her time to that i've seen firsthand how effective she can be. she's clearly empathetic and passional but above all, pragmatic which will serve her
and the other community members well. so i strongly support the nomination, and i appreciate the time. >> my name isally jones. i'm a ten-year resident of san francisco. i'm here today to offer my personal recommendation for ruby bolaria-shifrin to the treasure island development authority. i've been lucky to know ruby over 20 years. we grew up in sacramento. ruby takes it upon herself to right the wrongs in the world and inspires those lucky enough to be around her to do the same. i know she would excel as a board member because she represents everyone in treasure island. her determination and passion
to make a difference, and her commitment to use housing as a tool to create opportunities in san francisco, across california, and as you heard internationally where she worked to approve housing settlements in johennesburg, south africa. i know she will take this position seriously and create a treasure island that is equitiable and offer opportunities to those who face the greatest barriers. i ask that you support mayor breed aways recommendation and appoint ruby to the treasure island development authority. thank you. >> supervisor walton: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is j.d.baselco. ruby and i met seven years ago at ucla. we took many of the same classes, including those
focused on affordable housing development and planning. she was always speaking out for those who don't have a joyce. this stems from her own personal experiences and experience in personal justice. ruby is unwaivering in this, regardless of the situation she finds herself in both personally and professionally. she's not afraid to speak up and asks the hard questions when evaluating a situation which i think will make her especially value for this commission. lastly, ruby is an active member of all of her various communities that she finds herself in. for example, she initiated ucla
alumni association in the area. i have no doubt that ruby will bring a community oriented and technically sound perspective to this board, and i urge you to support her nomination. thank you. >> supervisor walton: thank you. do we have any other speakers on this item? >> hello. my name is lala hume, and i am here to support the nomination of ruby bolaria-shifrin to the treasure island development authority. i practice land use law, and clerked for federal judges including here and the northern district of california. i'm a graduate of u.c. berkeley school of law. i'm a proud resident of the mission district in san
francisco. i've known ruby almost two years in personal engagement as well as professional capacities. given my past experience and the contacts and interests i maintain in these areas, i've had the opportunity to learn about ruby's work in a professional context. she has a thoughtful approach to solving problems to ensure all voices with heard. in many situations she has proven herself to be the most engaged and impactful when she's helping others. i support ruby's nomination to the treasure island development authority and i urge you to do the same. >> supervisor walton: thank
you. is there any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you so much for coming in and step forward to want to serve in this role. the work on treasure island is really important. we have a lot of work to do to make sure that we do the right thing. i am working very hard to do some of the same things on the shipyard, so this role is not to be taken lightly. supervisor mar, do you have any comments? >> supervisor mar: yeah, would just echo your thanks, you know, to miss bolaria-shifrin's willingness to step up to one of the most important roles in
the city, and i thank you for the willingness that you expressed in working with the community to make sure that their voices are heard and their interests are considered in the work that's going to be moving forward on treasure island and also your commitment to ensuring equity, you know, in the new development. so i would like to make a motion to approve the mayor's nomination of ruby bolaria-shifrin to the full board of supervisors as a committee report. >> supervisor walton: i second that motion, and we will take that without objection. >> clerk: that matter will be recommended as amended to the board meeting scheduled for tomorrow. >> supervisor walton: and mr. clerk, do we have anymore
items? >> clerk: that completes the agenda for today. >> supervisor walton: thank you. seeing no more business, this meeting is adjourned. >> everybody, i think we're going to get started. our honorable mayor is here, and i know that we have a huge crowd and some big celebrating to do, so i want to welcome you to the groundbreaking for 88 broadway and 75 david street. so i'm cynthia parker, and i'm the president and c.e.o. of bridge housing, and i am the
cohost today with our partner, john stewart, but what i want to do is acknowledge all of the people here in the audience who have helped us get here today. so with us, we have mayor london breed, our honorable and esteemed mayor, welcome. [applause] >> we have supervisor aaron peskin, who's been a big supporter, and thank you, supervisor peskin. we have elaine forbes who's executive director of the port of san francisco. thank you for coming and your help. [applause] >> we have many reps from bank of america. liz, thanks for coming. [applause] >> we have bruce cantor who's a member of the northeast waterfront advisory group. [applause]
>> and we have bob carrier who's a member of the barbary coast neighborhood association. so thank you for coming. [applause] >> this group that's sitting here today sort of does represent a neighborhood inside of a village, the village of san francisco. and two neighborhood associations, a waterfront advisory group, and partners with the city, with the mayor's office of housing and jayesco have really made this happen during the development period. i know that john stewart is going to comment on some of this, but i know there are 26 neighborhood meet -- there were 26 neighborhood meetings that made this happen, and i want to do a special shoutout to john stewart who lives in this neighborhood and wanted to make sure that these two developments reflect the values of this community, and i think they do. so thank you, john, for all of
your hard work, and forever, your partnership with that. when this r.f.p. came out from the city of san francisco, i ran into jack gardner who's the other principle at jay-esco. you know, he said, we did north beach together. do you think it's time to get the band back together and respond to this r.f.p.? i said yes, and we did it, and we were selected. frankly, i think we were the right team to pull this project together. it has made a big difference to this neighborhood for all the reasons i just said. 26 meetings, resident developer, and a commitment to make this happen. i want to also acknowledge some special shoutouts to both the city and the mayor, to your
commitment to affordable housing and to these kinds of developments. this project is really special because it is one of the few that's really said we're going to how's both seniors and a senior development and families and have an income mix that represents both formerly homeless people as well as people up to median income, up to 80% of median income, the missing middle. and that doesn't happen very often. i and believe it will completely -- and i believe it will completely be a success because it we've all -- because we've all worked so hard, and it represents this community. and i believe we will get more housing in the ground because we need nor housing in the city. [applause] >> so with that, i'm not going to steal the thunder. we have a lot of speakers here today, and with that, what i do want to do is invite our lovely mayor to come up. she has the values and tgumptin
to make affordable housing in the city. i invite you to come up to say a few words. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you, cynthia. it's so great to be here with you because john, we know this project was a long time coming. we work hard in this city to try to repurpose this whole waterfront. some of you were around during this '89 earthquake. i certainly was. i remember when this used to be a water way, and look at how beautiful our waterfront has become with a lot of businesses, a lot of housing, and here is an opportunity to provide 178 units of affordable housing for families and seniors. this is absolutely amazing.
[applause] >> the hon. london breed: and let me just also say that last year, it was brought to my attention that for the senior development that were being placed here at 735 davis street, there were still so many seniors who didn't meet the minimum income qualifications because we know that there are a lot of different challenges with affordability in san francisco. people who are low, extremely low, people who are just exiting homelessness, people who just barely meet the minimum qualifications, and sometimes those who exceed it by just a little bit. it's why we have to change access to affordable housing in san francisco. and we along with the mayor's office of housing and kate hartley identified revenues in order to buydown the availability so that more residents who are in this community can actually qualify
for housing in the communities in which they live. so i want to thank you, kate, for your leadership on that effort. we are going to have diverse homes of mixed incomes living in these developments. so supervisor peskin, former president of the board, but representative of this district, you know i'm going to need your help to make sure that as we break ground on this project, we don't want any delays, we don't want any challenges, we don't want any issues because we need this housing, and a one-day delay is a one-day delay of housing for those who need it the most. we had a press conference for $600 million affordable housing bond, the largest bond in the
history of this city that the board of supervisors is going to be voting on unanimously to put on the ballot, and we're going to do so without raising property taxes in a very responsible way, which is how we should be handling the city's and the taxpayers' money in our city. but it means a lot because we know that there are challenges with affordability in our city. and we know that we have to work harder and faster to get this much needed affordable housing units built. people are counting on us to make good decisions and to not allow bureaucracy to get in the way of much needed affordable housing. thank you to everyone who's joining us today because those 178 seniors and families, when they move into those units, when they're looking out those new windows, when they're cooking dinner on their new
stove, can you think about how it might feel especially if you didn't have housing in the first place, if you lived in an s.r.o. and you didn't have a kitchen, can you imagine what it's going to mean to people to live right here in this beautiful, amazing community, which once consisted of darkness and a friday and is now open with all of the light and incredible views, a place where everyone want to live in in san francisco, and they will be a part of the future of this great city. no one will be left behind as a result of this great project, so thank you to john stewart and john stewart company. thank you so much to bridge housing and cynthia, to kate, to supervisor peskin, and all the community members and the people who helped make this possible. this is truly san francisco at its best, and there is more to come. thank you all so much. [applause] >> the hon. london breed:
sorry. i want to introduce john stewart, but i want to just say that i met john stewart over 20 years ago. and i used to work at treasure island, and some of you remember when that housing was empty, and it was vacated by the navy, and we have the task of rehabilitating those units and moving formerly homeless veterans, formerly homeless families and other people of all incomes into treasure island. the partnership with john stewart company was not just a partnership that helped to rehabilitate those units, they also helped to make sure that those formerly homeless families and veterans had working utilities, and that they had coffee makers and dishes and beds and sheets and all the things that so many people may take for granted. but these were people who were starting their lives over. and the person who led that effort without being asked to do so was john stewart himself, and so ladies and gentlemen, john stewart of john stewart
company. [applause] >> the mayor has been drinking early. we'll talk later. thank you so much. ed lee was once to say, i'll keep it short because i am short. that was his big one-liner. a few comments that i really wanted to speak about, i think two or three things. first, i get a lot of questions on the piles that we're sinking into the ground at 90 feet and 60 feet. they're not impact piles as the way that have occurred at many sites. these are augering, they're very sensitive to the neighbors because they're not impact piles. there's going to be 170 of them, and they're very sensitive to the neighbors. and also, we don't want to repeat -- we got the memo on
the millennium towers, and we're going to bedrock. it seemed like a good idea. also, people asked me about those cobblestones. when we dug down 8 feet, we found shoes, elixir bottles, and we also found a whole series of red caps which said make america great again, and we're going to be selling them later to enhance our financial balance sheet on this deal. on the subject of process, i think we're particularly proud of the fact that over 4-plus, almost 5 years, we had a record
number of meeting involving a myriad of local involvement, various people -- you can see authorities and housing entities that all had a stake in this thing, and they all came out, and they all spoke their piece, which i will in closing do a few shoutouts. there is something that i would call district 3 deja vu, and i'm looking at aaron now because 17 years ago, a young supervisor along with a young mayor at the time, willie brown, started working on a project called north beach place. it's out of the -- it's off the cliff side. it's a project that has great similarity to what you see today. for those of you that are a little long in the tooth, you might remember that project.
it also was affordable. it had mixed income, mixed use, and mixed age. we have, too, so there. and one of the things that strikes me about it, aaron peskin, i think really made a statement because he was boots on the ground, went to every meeting, very supportive of that project as he was then and he is now. it's my pleasure to introduce the supervisor. [applause] >> supervisor peskin: mayor breed, ms. parker, mr. stewart, to your respective organization, but most importantly to the community and amongst those and first and foremost amongst those, the barbary coast neighbors. it is true almost 20 years ago that i attended all of those
meetings at north beach place, but thankfully, i attended few if any in this particular project. but mr. cantor did, miss taylor did, and i want to say they made it a better project. this neighborhood involvement made this a better project. let me say a few words about what my mayor said, and it is the history of the embarcadero freeway which was, by all accounts, a terrible urban planning mistake. and then, in 1989, after the loma prieta earthquake, we had a mayor who had the courage to rip that thing down. and by the time then-state
senator quentin kopp transferred the property to the city for one american dollar, willie brown was mayor. and there was a little neighborhood fight about what we were going to do with those parcels. one was going to be a police station, one was going to be a butterfly museum, one was going to be affordable housing. i am pleased to say that today, they are all affordable housing for the city and county of san francisco. that is remarkable. [applause] >> supervisor peskin: now, it is true that i wanted this site, even though my friends at the barbary coast neighbors disagreed, i wanted this to be a temporary navigation site. but the mayor and i and supervisor haney have teamed up to find one not so far away. and i also want to agree with the mayor that affordable housing is actually not that affordable, and we all know the
numbers that we just saw, the homeless count. and it's just not san francisco, it's portland, seattle, and los angeles, continue to rise. so here are 53 units that are going to keep some of my seniors -- and this is the district that has the highest percentage of seniors in the city and county of san francisco from being homeless. but you know what? it's not affordable to many of our seniors, which is precisely why miss hartley, mayor breed, president yee and i teamed up to create what we called s.o.s., senior operating subsidies which is in this year's budget for shallow subsidies for seniors so they can actually continue to live and age in place. this is a great day for the city and county of san francisco, one and all, particularly to the workers who are building this thing.
congratulations. [applause] >> a . >> supervisor peskin: all right. this is a weird jurisdictional thing, because you think the owner is the city and county of san francisco, but it is the port and held in trust by the city and county of san francisco and lands owned by the public works. now weirdly enough, the port land is inland, and the public works land is closer to the water, which i've never figured out. but instrumental to this entire project was the port of the city and county of san francisco, their executive director, miss elaine forbes. >> hello, everyone. it's very great to be here today. we all love a ground breaking. as you all know, the port
manages 7.5 miles of waterfront property. our future is very brite since the loma prieta freeway came down, but nothing makes us prouder than to welcome the neighbors and residents who will come to enjoy this community. we are proud to announce what will be a solution to the affordable housing crisis. i want to acknowledge, and supervisor peskin knows this very well, it takes the port quite a long time to figure out what to do with its property, and 88 broadway was a very long conversation. and actually, it was the community residents that said they would like to use -- we would like to use these underused lots that you're using for parking.
so tom ammiano provided us a bill to be able to use this for housing. here is another example where we can welcome low, mod, seniors, and formerly homeless housing to our waterfront. for us, the northeast waterfront advisory group helped us provide standards for 88 broadway. it was a very patient process, and it did improve the project. it's that kind of collaboration, that kind of problem solving that got us here today. there's a lot of port staffers in the audience that have been working here for sometime. thank you so much, and i'd like to introduce liz minnick from the bank of america. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone, and what a glorious afternoon we have for this fabulous day
today. bank of america was founded in this very city in 1904 and has a long history of helping people get in homes and working towards affordable housing. from the work after the 1906 earthquake to the recent work with the san francisco r.a.v. commission and the rehabilitation of -- sorry. we'll let the coast guard get back. -- 29 properties for which we financed over $2.2 billion. for these two properties that we are discussing today, bank of america has provided over $133 million in financing. first, thank you to all of our bank of mercteams to continue their efforts on -- america teams to continue their efforts on helping to provide housing. and now, i will introduce
brynna cantor. [applause] >> good afternoon. we were involved in the long process of the design of this building. it's just incredible that we're going to see more family and senior housing here, which is really important to keep our city diverse. we certainly need more of them. it also includes a child care facility, so that's why i have my daughter here, simone, who has become a conoisseur of all the child care facilities in the city. since this center is going to have a playground, i think she's going to want to check that out, right, simone? >> mm-hmm. >> thanks to the mayor's office of housing and all the great
inclusive bidding that we had during this process, and of course, john stewart's wonderful team, including us along every step of the way. had countless meetings. our supervisor, aaron peskin, and the previous supervisor, julie christiansen, who really got the project going for us. again, just really impressed with the outreach from the community stages of the project. the team reacted to community concerns along the way and modified the project to a very mature building which you see on these drawings here today. in particular, we're really impressed with the ground level uses for the community, the services, retail, etc., that -- that activate the street. this was a great example of how our project should happen. so you think that's good?
>> yes. >> so i'll keep it here with introducing one of our barbary coast representatives, bob hauer. >> thank you, bruno. good afternoon, everybody. i know it's hot, so i'll try to be as brief as i possible can. first of all, i want to say on behalf of the barbary coast neighborhood association, i'm very happy to be here today as this project starts to take almost a concrete step forward to bring some badly needed housing to san francisco. and i also want to express my sincere appreciation to the port and the mayor's office of housing for all the opportunities that they gave to listen to the neighborhood and to work with us and to resolve -- well, not resolve, but to work with us to help design a project that really
will work for the neighborhood. i think there were many, many discussions and meetings and a number of outcomes that are very positive. two i'd like to mention in particular. first of all, if we look at the residents, not only will this housing unit have room and units designated for the formerly homeless and low-income, but it will also have units for the middle-income households. and this is a first in san francisco, and it's my understanding that this'll be the first large multifamily unit for affordable housing that will have units for the middle-income households, and i think everybody should be aware of the shrinking population that we have of the middle-income population in this town. secondly, i think the development of the ground floor
is another real positive outcome. rather than having a large parking garage that wouldn't add to the ambiance of the neighborhood, we have a location for child care for the children. all of this will serve to activate the neighborhood further. i think it will create a much more pleasant experience along this area of broadway. and then finally, i want to mention the -- certainly our appreciation to the john stewart company and bridge housing. the design is attractive. they've gone through a number of extra measures to make sure it's not a boring, institutional structure, and i certainly appreciate all the different opportunities that they have provided to -- for the neighborhood to get some input. so with that, i'll just close
by saying i think this project is a tremendous asset, will be a tremendous asset to the neighborhood, and it will make this stretch of broadway even more inviting. and so with that, i am done, and i will let john stewart handle the closing of this ceremony. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. i have to add one codicil to what's been said. we observe neighborhood reactions to the concept of formerly homeless, and they run screaming from the run. there's a lack of opposition. on this project, there's six entities that reviewed all of -- all of our designs and plans and our sociology. not once did i hear anybody say oh, wow, you're going to have formerly homeless? there'll be 37 formerly
homeless? that to me was a first. and also, i think they liked the idea of combining the two. that hybrid between formerly homeless making general assistance 30% of a.m.i. and people making $10,000 a month will be a grant interesting social experiment that we as a company have not tried before, and i'm sure our supervisor will be making many calls to us. in fact, i can hear you now, aaron. his battery has gone dead. i will quickly say there were a few other stars in the community. i just want to give a quick shoutout to ed -- stan hayes. janet, barbara, janice, and
ken. the fabric of this neighborhood's going to change with the additional units. architect, l.m.s. bill letty, aaron thorton were in every one of the public meetings that we had over four years. they'll bore you to death talking about quotes, but they're really nice people at heart. lenders, b of a, and the woman with the money, kate hartley. thank you, and thank you. the contractor, what can you say? cahill happened to be the contractor 17 years ago at north beach place. actually, i think howard carlson was one of the supervisors then, and he still is, so that's what i call good employee retention. we have alex shafer, don
brooks, and of course, chuck pele is one of our stars. he's fantastic. and the port, we've already done that, elaine forbes. mickey tuzanni and michael martin. gail gilman and victor makras are on the commission, and they're here today, and thank you for attending. cindy's staff are what we call our intrepids. thank you, mayor breed, for causing them to be so totally active. i would start with kate hartley, kudos to you. you were with this thing from the beginning. we appreciate it.
you've got a great team. luther from social services, cushman and wakefield are all going to be contributors to this. we do have a cafe and a restaurant going in here, and you're all expected to come and be big tippers when we open up that restaurant. bridge side, and i have to say, i'm looking at cynthia, marie tabor, give her a raise. she paid me to just say that. you owe me, marie, and in our office, several people have dedicated a large part of their lives to this. lastly, there are some empty chairs who represent back in the day.
olson lee, we'll have the cobblestones along with the make america great caps. last, mayor ed lee. he loved this project. i remember talking to him about this the week before he left us, and he loved this. what a fantastic legacy for you to carry on, and don't think we forget about it, supervisor peskin. so with that, i stand between you and a free lunch, and there is one occasionally, so we are now going to do the ground breaking. somebody needs to get a shovel, and we need some earth. we'll do that, and then, we'll all get a free lunch. thank you very much, everybody, for coming. >> the hon. london breed: five,