Bruce Damonte

Developed by nonprofits BRIDGE Housing and Mission Housing Development Corp., La Fénix at 1950 brings 157 new affordable apartments for families and community amenities to San Francisco’s Mission District.

Built on a former San Francisco Unified School District site, the infill development is transit-oriented, located a half-block away from the 16th Street BART station and along many bus lines.

The nonprofit developers were selected through a city RFP process to reposition the vacant site of the former Phoenix Continuation High School and a parking lot into affordable housing. “The development La Fénix at 1950 is an excellent example of creative interim and future uses of city-owned property to help address homelessness and affordable housing in San Francisco,” noted the award nomination.

The homes are affordable to households with incomes between 45% and 60% of the area median income, with 40 apartments set aside for formerly homeless families. La Fénix was built with families in mind, providing amenities such as a rooftop playground, landscaped courtyards, and a spacious community room with a kitchen and a communal laundry room.

Contributing to the vibrancy of the development, the ground floor features a child care center, 2,500 square feet of retail space, and five artist studios along a Paseo de Artistas. The Paseo is a large and vibrant pedestrian alleyway running through the site that will remain open to the public during the day.