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UC Law SF Builds New Residential Project

San Francisco (cron) – A new housing option is coming to San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. UC Law San Francisco (previously known as UC Hastings) leads housing projects for graduate students.

It will be completed by the end of summer. The hope is to bring more young people into the neighborhood.

A student housing project called Academy 198 hopes to serve as an academic village for Bay Area graduate students and give Tenderloin a boost in business.

Construction on Academy 198 began in 2017 and is expected to be completed this summer at 198 McAllister Street.

“This particular building is home to 656 residential units, plus three floors of academic space, classrooms, an auditorium, and retail community services,” said UC Law SF CFO David Seward.

The $229 million complex is the latest addition to the school’s ongoing housing project called the Academic Village. For graduate students studying a variety of subjects at universities such as UCSF, San Francisco State University, University of the Pacific, and UC Berkeley.

Rent for the new building goes up from $1,850 a month for 232 square feet to $3,400 for a two-bedroom. Seward said providing designated housing for graduate students will leave more options for other renters in the city.

“It keeps students out of the rental market where working-class people have to compete,” he said. I am trying.”

The project is part of a four-part campus revitalization project that will enhance the urban campus experience and also boost the Tenderloin neighborhood.

“It’s going to be a huge boost for neighborhood businesses, small ethnic restaurants, nightlife activities and clubs to get their feet on the streets,” he said.

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Tenderloin was not an easy area for a college campus, Seward said. During the pandemic, UC Law SF filed a lawsuit against the city regarding sidewalks throughout the area and 450 tents in front of the campus.

“People at the height of the pandemic were unable to use sidewalks, confined to SROs and unprepared to enter and exit buildings,” Seward said.

Seward said the lawsuit was quickly resolved and he is hopeful of working with the city in the future.

“We have been able to get people off the streets and into hotels available to the city. We continue to work closely with the city to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods,” he said.

The school also plans to renovate 100 McAllister homes, which will add an additional 250 units. The Academic Village is in Chief Dean Preston’s district and he is an alumnus of his, so KRON4 reached out to him.

“I am a former 198 McAllister Building alumnus who spent hours pursuing his law degree. I’m excited about it,” he said.

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