johnavalos.jpgA meeting is being held in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood tonight to discuss plans to change a parking lot near the Balboa Park BART station into a community center with affordable housing.

The parking lot, located at the corner of San Jose and Geneva avenues, was being underused and was designated as a development site for affordable housing in the Balboa Park Station Area Plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2009.

The proposal for the site, which is about the size of a soccer field, is to have as many as 100 residential units on upper floors and commercial space on the ground floor, said Charlie Sciammas, a community organizer for People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights.

PODER is one of several groups, including the Filipino Community Center and Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, that will be attending tonight’s meeting to “create a community-based vision for the project at the site,” Sciammas said.

The site is within the district of Supervisor John Avalos, who is also scheduled to attend the meeting, Sciammas said. Representatives from BART, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the city’s Public Health Department are also expected to attend.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the “Green Room” at Balboa High School, located at 1000 Cayuga Ave.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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