Plan to revitalize and rebuild Sunnydale gets Green Award

San Francisco’s plan to replace and revitalize the aging, dilapidated Sunnydale public housing development....

December 2, 2011 — San Francisco’s plan to replace and revitalize the aging, dilapidated Sunnydale public housing development has become the first neighborhood design project in the country to get conditional approval at the LEED Gold Level for its environmental-friendly effort.

The effort, which won’t begin until 2015 at the earliest, calls for razing the circa-1941 buildings now on the 50-acre site. Replacing them will be 1,700 units providing not only replacement for the current public housing, but also affordable and market-rate rental apartments and condominiums.

The project is being developed by Mercy Housing California and Related California in a public private partnership as part of the city’s HOPE SF program, which is designed to transform troubled public housing projects designed only for the poor into vibrant new communities providing housing, commercial development and recreation for people of all economic levels.

The LEED Gold certification recognizes projects built with principles of environmentally sound growth and green design. The new plan, for example, with provide more than six acres of parkland in the redesigned community.

The project still has to pass through the planning process, which will take some time, said Ramie Dare, project manager for Mercy Housing California. Developers are currently putting together the
final price tag for the project.

The master plan for Sunnydale “was developed in partnership with neighbors and residents,” Dare said in a statement. “Our plan incorporates sustainability priorities that come directly from
community members.”

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