|The Valencia Gardens HOPE VI Revitalization replaces 246 dilapidated units with 260 new 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units, comprised of 218 family flats and town house apartments and 42 one bedroom senior apartments. Valencia Gardens is located on a five acre site located between Valencia, Guerrero, and 15th Streets in San Francisco's Mission District. All family units will have individual front doors facing the street and either secure backyards or upper rear decks. The design, by architecture firm Van Meter Williams Pollock, includes the construction of a community center with property management offices, tenant association offices, and a community room. A learning center with after school programs for youth and a day care center for pre-school age children will also be included in the new construction.
Valencia Gardens residents and the community surrounding the Valencia Gardens site, including neighborhood businesses, service providers, and residential neighbors participated in neighborhood design workshops and task force meetings held on-site since fall 1999. These meetings gained neighborhood members' perspectives on the new design. These meetings continue quarterly throughout construction at Mission Housing's office.
Valencia Gardens was built in 1943 under the U.S. Housing Authority's slum clearance program and sponsored by the Housing Authority of the City and County of San Francisco (SFHA). Valencia Gardens was the fourth housing project developed by the SFHA. The property suffered from many problems directly related to its age, including deteriorated or obsolete sewage, plumbing, and electrical systems, dysfunctional unit designs, deteriorated landscaping, lack of usable community facilities, rodent infestation, and inoperable fire ladders. In addition, the original design was problematic for site security and did not meet HUD HOPE VI or SFHA design goals of providing defensible, safe space. A new design providing individual "ownership" of each home's space and a non-institutional setting similar to the rest of the neighborhood's housing stock was needed.