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Rene Cazenave Apartments

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Project Name

Rene Cazenave Apartments


25 Essex Street

Project Status



74,723 sq. feet


Community Housing Partnership

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Project Description


As the first new building constructed in San Francisco’s transformative Transbay Redevelopment Area, Rene Cazenave Apartments (RCA) sets a high standard for future development by replacing a parking lot and former freeway off-ramp with innovative and neighborhood supporting housing and supportive services as a permanent home for formerly chronically homeless residents, many who have physical and mental disabilities.

A gateway building to the future new neighborhood of market-rate highrises and affordable midrises, RCA demonstrates the city’s commitment to creating a community based on social, financial and environmental sustainability and integration.

Rene Cazenave Apartments provides its residents with affordable and accessible mini-studio apartments coupled with social, educational and medical facilities that are designed to be healthy, transparent, nurturing and life changing.

In spite of the budgetary pressures associated with subsidized housing for a low income population, the design team gave a high priority to investments in a wide range of sustainable design strategies that aligned with the long term operation and inhabitation.
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