In the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, he said a $20.5
million CNI grant was leveraged to bring in another $43
million in public and private funds for a total of $64 million. Similarly, HUD provided $30 million for a public
housing project in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood that
stimulated another $134 million in investments.
“These days, public funds are probably not going to get it
all done, so as a requirement, we expect successful grant
applicants to come to the table with other leveraged
sources, whether it is San Antonio, Texas, New Orleans
or Seattle. They’ve all got to have some skin in the game.”
In San Francisco, the impoverished Alice Griffith neighborhood is being redeveloped with the help of a CNI grant.
This barracks-style public housing project is on Candlestick
Point and includes part of the old Candlestick Park, which
the San Francisco Giants baseball team and San Francisco
49ers football team once played. It was torn down in 2015.
McCormick Baron Salazar, a leading real estate development firm that specializes in economically integrated urban
neighborhoods, is managing the redevelopment, while Torti
Gallas and Partners architectural firm, is designing it. The
San Francisco Housing Authority owns the land.
Neal Payton, a partner with Torti Gallas in Los Angeles,
said the larger area surrounding Alice Griffith has shipping
and light industrial activity. He said the first three blocks
of the redevelopment were built without any impact on
the existing neighborhood so that residents of current
public housing were able to move once.
Payton said the design process started three years ago with
two blocks now finished and more being constructed. One
block, he said, is walk-up townhouses, while the other is
an apartment complex built around a courtyard. Because
the old sports stadium is gone and the huge parking lot
is available, he said the neighborhood will be densifying
and four times as much housing will be built in the area
compared to what was in the 333-building, two-story
Alice Griffith project — most of which was built in 1963.
“The new buildings will not feel isolated like the existing
project, which is not just two-story barracks but enclosed
and almost gated off from the rest of the neighborhood,”
he said. “There is only one-way in and out, so it really
does feel almost isolated.”
Though the cul de sac and non-through streets were initially designed to slow traffic and protect kids, Lavelle
Shaw, the Alice Griffith Tenants Association president,
said that street pattern cut off residents from public transit
and businesses, making it something of an island.
“We were a lost city, always forgotten, always left out,”
he told a reporter when ground was broken for the first
homes last year.
Courtesy of Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Courtesy of Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing (Below) The new San Francisco housing development in the Alice Griffith
neighborhood will be integrated into its surrounding community.
(Right) The Martin Luther King Plaza was developed in part with a HOPE VI
grant and sits in what was once one of the worst blighted areas in Philadelphia.
The new complex is designed based on New Urbanism principles and
is now one of the most desirable places to live in the city.