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Developer Moves Forward On Mid-Market Project After Offering $300k Toward Transgender District

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Developer Moves Forward On Mid-Market Project After Offering $300k Toward Transgender District

A large hotel and condo complex in Mid-Market is one step closer to breaking ground. Group I's 950 Market St. project avoided a long legal battle with LGBTQ activists after the developer agreed to pay $300k to create a transgender community center,  reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The funds also will go toward the creation of the nation's first transgender historic and cultural district and to support transgender-service business and nonprofits in the new district.

The project includes the demolition of five existing structures and the construction of 406k SF with 242 condos and 232 hotel rooms and 16,600 SF of retail, according to city documents. Demolition is expected to start later this year. The new, 12-story building will include a one-level below-grade parking structure for 82 spots and 319 bike parking spots.

Opponents have said the project’s environmental study didn’t assess the historic role the block played as part of LGBTQ's history from the 1950s to the 1970s. Establishment of the district helps to address that concern.

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is expected to submit a plan this week to create the transgender historic district. Jones, Mason, Market and Eddy streets will border the district, which includes the first two blocks of Sixth Street between Howard and Market streets. The district is to be dubbed Compton Cafeteria Historic District after the 1966 riot at a café off Turk and Taylor. [SFC]