On Thursday, the City of San Francisco’s Planning Commission voted unanimously to accept several design changes to an in-the-works housing project for LGBT seniors.
The commission originally approved funding for 55 Laguna four years ago, but progress has been stalled by the economy. It met last week to discuss changes raised by concerns from neighbors and historic preservationists.
Billed as the largest development for LGBT low-income seniors in America, 55 Laguna in Hayes Valley will set aside 110 units for those over 55, and also offer 330 multi-family apartments, a community center, garden and public park, all spread over 5.8 acres.
“A system in which LGBT older adults retreat to the closet, return to the shadows and are no longer fully integrated into the larger social fabric of San Francisco is intolerable,” says Seth Kilbourn, Executive Director of Openhouse, which is developing the project with Mercy Housing California. ” That is why LGBT-welcoming housing for older adults is so important.”
Construction on the senior units is expected to begin in 2014.