gay_cityhall_gavel.jpgSan Francisco’s first affordable housing development and activities center created specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors was approved Thursday in a unanimous vote by the San Francisco Planning Commission.

The development at 55 Laguna St. in the Hayes Valley neighborhood will also be the country’s largest development geared towards low-income LGBT seniors.

The apartment units, service space and activity complex will be developed jointly by Mercy Housing California and Openhouse. The development will include 110 apartments for low-income seniors.

The development is part of a larger construction project that will cover 5.8 acres of land on a former University of California Extension site. The project is set to include 330 new multi-family rental units being developed by Wood Partners. Fifty of those units will be available to low-income renters.

A public park, community garden and community center will also be built.

Wood Housing plans to break ground on the larger project in early 2013 and construction of the senior housing is expected in late 2014.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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