Mission senior housing project survives divided vote by council in early test

The affordable senior housing project that has been proposed for the west side of Mission survived its first vote in the city council, but not without some dissent from council members.

A rendering of the proposed project in its most recent design.
A rendering of the proposed project in its most recent design.

Brinshore Development has proposed the 32-unit building that would be located along Metcalf Avenue next to Panera. At issue before the council was not approval of the project, but just a show of support so the developer can apply for low income housing tax credits through the state.

Councilors Amy Miller and Debbie Kring both voted against supporting the project. Miller reiterated some of the arguments she made at a committee meeting last week, saying the project does not encourage growth and development. She also contends that allowing development on the one parcel deters the prospect for a larger project in the area.

Councilors Lawrence Andre and Pat Quinn both spoke in favor of the project saying it provides housing options. Quinn said he expected Mission residents to move into the low cost housing which would free up their homes for new residents.

Mayor Laura McConwell said the project is reserving a high percentage of its units for Mission residents. If the project receives the tax credits, which is its major form of financing, the developers still could be asking the council for additional public financing assistance to close a budget gap.

The project and any economic package would require further council approval. It is planned for the site occupied by the vacant Neff Printing building. 

The support letters note that 26 percent of Mission seniors over 65 have household income less than $25,000 per year compared to only 8.9 percent of the overall Mission population at that income level.