Building Trades

S.F. Laborers Demand Affordable Housing, Union Labor

April 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Francisco, CA- Laborers Local 261 has joined the opposition to a proposed 328-unit housing project in the rapidly gentrifying Mission District, demanding that the developer include more affordable housing on-site, build it with union labor, and replace manufacturing space it will displace.

The development planned for 2000 Bryant St.—it has been nicknamed the “Beast on Bryant”—would replace a loft building that contained industrial, arts, and restaurant spaces with two residential towers, 196 luxury apartments and three cheaper ones. Another 129 below-market-rate units would be built by the city at another site the developer owns. “Building a better Beast is about building more affordable housing for all of us,” said Josh Arce, who works as a liaison for Local 261, at a rally April 7. Developer Nick Podell had agreed to increase the off-site affordable units from 44 to 129, but critics say those apartments might not be built for years, and the city will have to pay for them. Read more

April 14, 2016

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