Booker T. Washington Community Center
800 Presdio Avenue
San Francisco, California
Community Service Center &
Affordable Housing Development
Low Income Tax Credits
San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing
Booker T. Washington Community Service Center (BTWCSC) asked ECB to manage the development of a 70,000 square feet mixed use building containing a new state of the art community center, a gymnasium, and 50 units of service enriched affordable housing for transition age youth and small households.
For nearly a century, the Booker T. Washington Center has served the children and families of the Western Addition, and all of San Francisco, with programs designed to reduce the many disparities that face African-American, immigrant and other low-income communities. The center began as a gathering and organizing place for homecoming African-American soldiers and their families. They have expanded programs to serve a diverse ethnic population, address the influx of new immigrant communities and address the needs of transition aged and emancipated foster youth.
ECB, in its role as development manager for both the service center and housing elements of the project, helped arrange a partnership between BTWCSC and the John Stewart Company (JSCo) to own and manage the housing component. The center includes program space for a childcare facility, afterschool and teen programs, and Youth Radio, as well as offices for the administration. The residential component will become a model program, where transition age youth and adults live in the same community in order to provide mentoring opportunities for the youth.
The $32 million project began construction in Fall 2015, and is expected to be complete in Fall 2017.