145 Taylor Street
In 2001, with a rare chance to build housing from the ground up in the dense Tenderloin neighborhood home to many of the City’s SRO hotels, TNDC immediately knew the population it wanted to serve on this infill site. With 4,000 children in the community, there was a tremendous demand for family housing and very little existed nearby. With $23 million in financing from multiple sources – along with a prayer to St. Joseph, the patron saint of real estate – TNDC was able to realize its long-standing dream of providing quality family housing on a once vacant parking lot adjacent to its headquarters.
Curran House, named after Sister Patrick Curran of the Sisters of Mercy, is a 67-unit complex where nearly 60% of the apartments are two bedrooms or larger, rises from a lot that’s long and relatively shallow, wedged between older apartment buildings on three sides. Tenants enjoy a rooftop garden with benches, tables and raised gardening beds. The ground-floor community room faces onto a peaceful interior courtyard with a small waterfall. In addition, the complex includes units set-aside for homeless households, for which there is on-site access to supportive services, including an after school program and a social worker. As a transit-oriented development, the building has no parking, with the basement level instead housing offices for the organization and street frontage devoted to space for local nonprofits.