In response to the City’s housing crisis, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously changed zoning along the Divisadero corridor. This approach used “form-based zoning” to allow more units within the same height and size building in order to create more new homes, while preserving neighborhood character. In contrast to the previous zoning which limited the site to 50-60 large, expensive condos, the new zoning allows 186 smaller apartments. These include both “affordable by design” market rate homes and on-site Below Market Rate (BMR) homes. This provides housing for the “middle” who want to live in San Francisco, solving the gap where they do not qualify for subsidized affordable housing, yet are unable to afford to purchase a condo.
The proposed project complies with the Divisadero NCT affordability legislation for pipeline projects to include 20% on-site affordable housing units. 400 Divisadero will create 36 new on-site BMR units.