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SF Chronicle: S.F.’s DMV Could Become One of the City’s Biggest Affordable Housing Sites

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

... The Department of General Services and the Department of Motor Vehicles issued a “request for interest” for the busy Fell Street site Friday, seeking a developer that could build both a new DMV — “identical in function” to the current one — as well as an unspecified number of housing units. Previous studies have indicated that the site could handle about 400 housing units, which would make it one of the city’s largest affordable housing developments. ...

The request for interest comes as the DMV already has plans and funding to knock down and rebuild the DMV field office, which is 63 years old and one of the state’s busiest. After Preston introduced a resolution asking the state to consider housing there, he joined forces with Assembly Member Phil Ting to pressure the state. Ting and Preston met with representatives from both the DMV and the Department of General Services, which oversees state-owned property.

“San Francisco families are struggling to pay for housing. That’s why we need to be bold in finding every opportunity for more homes that working people can afford,” said Ting, who sponsored a 2019 bill that prioritizes affordable housing on surplus public land. “The DMV field office is a golden opportunity to deliver on that.”