SF pushes forward with rebuilding of Alice Griffith housing development

The Alice Griffith public-housing development near Candlestick Park was built in 1962 and has not aged well. Over the years, lack of funds for upkeep has taken a toll on the 256-unit low-income neighborhood owned by the San Francisco Housing Authority.

Now a long-planned transformation of the neighborhood once overshadowed by the nearby stadium is getting underway.

Mayor Ed Lee announced Wednesday that construction will soon begin on the first part of the rebuilding of Alice Griffith after the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure, the successor to the defunct Redevelopment Agency, approved the major phase of the redevelopment of Candlestick Point.

“Rebuilding public housing is one of the most transformative investments we can make,” Lee said in a statement.

The Alice Griffith apartments are one of the eight dilapidated city public- housing developments that had been slated for replacement under a plan hatched in 2007 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom. Called Hope SF, the program aims to rebuild public housing most in need of repair by creating mix-income housing developments and ensuring the current residents are not displaced. The public-private solution came after years of shortfalls in federal funds and uses public and private money to finance such projects.

The rebuilding of Alice Griffith, aka Double Rock, was made possible due to a federal grant in 2011 that will help pay for the work.

The first part of the major redevelopment of Hunters Point and Candlestick Point — spearheaded by master planner Lennar Corp. — includes 1,600 homes, 27 to 40 percent of which will be below market rate. An additional 10,500 new housing units will be built at the Shipyard and Candlestick Point.

The commission also approved the outlines for a mixed-use, 1.1 million-square foot retail and housing development on the Candlestick site.

“I think people feel good about it,” said Lavelle Shaw, a 35-year Alice Griffith resident and president of the tenants association. But he says many people in the neighborhood won’t believe the makeover until they see it. “It’s a long-time waiting.”

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