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Willie B. Kennedy Apartments - Senior Housing

San Francisco, CA

MWA designed the Willie B. Kennedy Apartments, a new 98-unit affordable apartment community for low-income seniors in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco.

It provides the City with much-needed new housing, including 20 units for seniors who have recently experienced chronic homelessness. The development includes space for on-site tenant services and property management, an on-site laundry room, a large community room, a demonstration kitchen, and numerous courtyards filled with gardening containers as part of TNDC’s gardening program.

The new 5-story wood-framed and concrete podium building is situated on a long narrow site that is adjacent to and formerly part of Rosa Parks I Apartments. Together the two structures will be managed as a single large community by the same non-profit and with similar resident populations. Both buildings will be accessed from the same entry point and common spaces will be shared by all residents.

Creating an identifiable sense of home and connection to the outdoors, as well as providing opportunities for formal and informal community building, is a key component in the design of these new apartment homes. With natural daylighting in mind, the majority of the units have generous corner windows to brighten the interiors, and the corridors have numerous windows and resident-accessible courtyards to maintain a connection with the outside. Beautiful views of San Francisco’s many neighborhoods can be seen throughout the building and units. In addition, the Willie B. Kennedy Apartments is both CalGreen compliant and a certified GreenPoint Rated project. The design includes many sustainable measures that focus on indoor air quality, water and energy savings, long term durability, and its transit-oriented location.   

Client: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Cost: $31 million
Completion: 2016

Photos: Thomas Harris