From Freeway Ramp to Affordable Housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown

From Freeway Ramp to Affordable Housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Vivian Fei Tsen (LF 1988) and the Chinatown Community Development Corporation have just celebrated the groundbreaking of the Broadway Sansome Apartments, affordable housing for low income and homeless families in San Francisco.  The site is a former freeway ramp to the Embarcadero Freeway which was torn down in 1991. From freeway ramp to affordable housing, it’s a wonderful story of the reuse of land formerly used to accommodate speeding cars to new housing for 75 low income families.

Broadway and Sansome groundbreaking

Photo by Frank Jang

Fei Tsen, CCDC’s board president, has been involved in the nonprofit since its inception over 36 years ago.  During her tenure the organization has garnered many awards for its work, including a White House Champion of Change Award this year and recent recognition by the American Planning Association as one of 10 great neighborhoods in America. Much of the credit goes to the work CCDC has done in community development, affordable housing, social services and preservation.  

The new project reconnects the land reclaimed from the freeway to its neighborhood by melding two very different historic building patterns. The large port-serving historic warehouses to the east oppose a highly articulated typical San Francisco fabric of small buildings stepping with the slopes on the other sides.

Read the San Fransico Examiner report of the groundbreaking.

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