Stairwell’s Valley Step Works


HVAW is excited to announce the residency of Stairwell’s during the month of August, culminating in a celebratory daytime event on Sunday, August 28.

A collaborative project led by San Francisco-based artists Sarah Hotchkiss and Carey Lin, Stairwell’s creates new experiences that challenge familiar understandings of everyday surroundings. The project has taken many forms, from site-specific interventions to group walking tours to curated exhibitions. Stairwell’s seeks to foster temporary communities of curious and engaged individuals, providing opportunities for connections and changes in perspective.


Stairwell’s will hold on-site hours at HVAW as they develop their final event: an exploratory walk, circuit training of the non-athletic variety and prizes for those who do something exceptionally well.]

Check and for updates!

Future Site of Affordable Housing for Families in San Francisco

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Fell and Laguna. SF Housing, 2015.

Location: Fell Street and Laguna Street
Type: Affordable Apartments
Units: 112
Estimated Completion Date: 2018
Developer: Mercy Housing and SFHDC

Through a competitive process, the SF Mayor’s Office of Housing awarded the development of Parcel “O” in Hayes Valley to a partnership of Mercy Housing California and SFHDC. Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacey Architects and Paulett Taggart, initial plans for the project yield 112 low-income family rental units, with a 20% set aside for formerly homeless households. The development will offer multiple community and resident spaces, including a garden and courtyard. SFHDC will also have a small, satellite office to coordinate financial empowerment and community activities at the site. Ecumenical Community Services will provide the enriched services for formerly homeless clients. We anticipate closing the predevelopment loan in March of this year, with a construction start by the end of next year, and project completion 18 months thereafter.

This article was originally published by San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. Read the original article here.

Fell and Laguna. Google, 2014. 

New development for affordable family housing coming to Hayes Valley

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By Gail Baugh, HVNA Vice President

A new development, at the corner of Fell and Laguna Streets, was presented at a neighborhood outreach meeting, Wednesday evening, July 29. Approximately 110 units, including 2 and 3 bedrooms for families, will be car-free. It is hoped there will be on-site child care, extra bike parking for families, a community garden, and other onsite amenities to assist in raising a family in the center of our city. See the information on this blog, and watch for more information from our Transportation and Planning Committee.

Read the “fact sheet” for this development here.

This article was originally published on July 31, 2015 on the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Blog. Read the original article here.