After decades of eyeing a corner parking lot in the impoverished Tenderloin area of San Francisco, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. finally secured the 22,000-square-foot site and plans to develop 130 homes for low-income families. Don Falk, Tenderloin executive director, says the group has coveted the property because low-income housing in San Francisco is only financially feasible on vacant land.

“The other thing that is so attractive is that it is on a corner, so it gives opportunities for light and air that will make for a good quality of life,” Falk says. “It opens up design possibilities that are difficult with mid-block projects.”

The property at Eddy and Taylor Streets will become the 13-story Eddy & Taylor Family Housing development with at least 20 percent reserved for homeless families when it opens by 2012. Falk is determined to anchor the $86 million project with a grocery store.

“The neighborhood has not had a grocery store for a long time,” Falk says. “There are lots of corner markets, but they tend to be more expensive and the quality is not the same.”

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So far, grocers are declining Falk's advances, but he says he may even build the store on spec in order to bring a grocery store to the area.

Tenderloin also has faith in San Francisco-based architectural firm David Baker + Partners, which designed its last affordable housing project. Baker is known for a modern, posh style.

“I think what we do is bring a lot of affordable housing but also luxury hotels and high-end condos,” Baker says of his design style. “Our goal is to make them so you can't tell the difference.” square feet. Designed by architect Lucien Lagrange, the 20-story building, which has an Indiana limestone and brick façade, is to open by fall 2009.

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