Francis Scott Key Annex site in Outer Sunset chosen
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke about teacher housing at Francis Scott Key Elementary School as District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang and SF Planning Director John Rahaim listen, during a June 21st meeting. Photo by Thomas K. Pendergast
By Thomas K. Pendergast
(Originally published in the July, 2017, issue of the Sunset Beacon newspaper, a community newspaper serving the Sunset District of San Francisco.)
A plan to turn the Francis Scott Key Annex in the Outer Sunset District from a dilapidated surplus school property into new housing for teachers is moving forward, as city officials seek ways to keep educators from leaving for less expensive towns.
District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang and SF Mayor Ed Lee announced that somewhere between 135 and 150 apartments will be built on the property, a 1.25-acre site between 42nd and 43rd avenues, and Irving and Judah streets.
“We do have a housing crisis in the City,” Lee said at a recent community meeting. “We’ve started getting better in building low-income housing, and we certainly use money from market- rate housing, but we never really did anything for working class folks. This is our chance because we have a strong economy now.
“Our affordable housing levels are too low for those who are teachers. Maybe some of our educators in the system can qualify, but most of our teachers make just a little bit more than that. They don’t make enough to afford market rate housing,” Lee said.