SWA to Redesign Sunnydale Public Housing Community
Sunnydale is a recipient of one of the largest HOPE SF funding efforts to transform San Francisco public housing. SWA is designing the first phase of the 50-acre community which is undergoing a complete replacement of dilapidated circa-1941 housing.
Sunnydale is a joint effort of the City of San Francisco, San Francisco Housing Authority, developers Mercy Housing and The Related Companies of California, with a myriad of funding including US HUD. SWA is working in conjunction with master plan architect van meter Williams Pollack and small-business contractor Merrill Morris Landscape Architects.
SWA has initiated schematic landscape designs for a set of residential buildings by local architects. When complete, Sunnydale HOPE SF will have approximately 1000 affordable rental units for families and seniors and almost 700 units of affordable and market-rate homes.
Sunnydaleâ€™s first phase features advanced green design using natural systems, and even an urban farm. By re-siting buildings and streets, SWAâ€™s plan will create 6.4 acres of park-space - more than 10 percent of the Sunnydale site - including an organic farm for raising garden-to-table produce.
A green streets design includes landscaping along the sidewalks to cleanse street pollution from rainwater run-off. Once it passes through landscape bioswalea, the rainwater is stored in an underground cistern to irrigate the parks, community garden, and street landscaping.
Ramie Dare, project manager for Mercy Housing: â€œWhatâ€™s really unusual here is the level of community input into the master plan design, and the vision that residents and neighbors have for a new neighborhood. This is quality housing that includes parks, programs and services for youth, families and seniors to create a healthy neighborhood.â€
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