Historic Haight church now senior housing

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom celebrated Wednesday the transformation of a historic church in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood into an affordable housing development for senior citizens.

The building, a Romanesque-style former Christian Science church erected in 1915, now offers 40 units after enduring of years of vacancy, according to Citizens Housing Corporation, the non-profit company responsible for the housing development.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, D-5, joined Newsom at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the housing quarters Buena Vista Terrace, which has maintained the historic brick exterior despite the substantial changes inside, according to Citizens Housing Corporation.

Construction began in December 2005, and the first residents are set to move in this month, the housing company reported.

Buena Vista Terrace is located at 1250 Haight St., directly across from Buena Vista Park, according to the housing company.

— Bay City News

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