The Kelsey Civic Center

San Francisco, California

The Kelsey Civic Center will be a vibrant urban community offering 100+ homes for San Franciscans of all abilities, incomes, and backgrounds. This project addresses the global impacts of climate change alongside one of the defining local issues of our time: the housing crisis. Across from San Francisco City Hall, it will serve as a beacon of sustainability. and disability justice.

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The Themes



Twenty-five percent of the units will be dedicated to clients of the Golden Gate Regional Center, a service provider for San Franciscans with intellectual and developmental disabilities This fully accessible and universally designed building will provide programming for all residents and neighbors fostering a sense of community. Two full-time Inclusion Concierge living on-site and help residents navigate their neighborhood, engage with their city, connect to programs and activities, and build community among residents of all abilities.  



The Kelsey and its partners were awarded the site through, Reinventing Cities, an unprecedented global competition organized by the C40 to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. The Kelsey Civic Center will model an all-electric zero carbon building with on-site renewable energy and energy storage. Numerous integrated design strategies will help achieve the carbon-neutrality goal, including the use of wood. To support biodiversity and urban agriculture, the project will offer a large public garden within the building’s courtyard. “Co-living in spirit” efficient units with shared spaces will minimize resource waste, support low carbon design, and foster connection and community.


The Kelsey Civic Center will offer 120+ units of affordable housing. All units will be open to those who qualify with almost equal allocations of units at 20%, 60%, 80%, and 120% of area median income creating a truly mixed income community.


The Partners

Developer Partner

Mercy Housing California owns and manages 140 rental properties across California serving more than 18,000 low and very low-income residents: working poor families, senior citizens, persons who were formerly homeless, people with developmental and physical disabilities and persons living with HIV/AIDS




WRNS Studio works with today’s most transformative organizations to steward their brands with exceptional architecture. They are recognized for sustainable, site-specific design at any scale.

Mikiten Architecture is a dynamic, socially and environmentally responsible firm made up of national-award-winning experts in Universal Design, Ecological Design, and housing of all types.

For more project details, to provide community input, or to explore investment, sponsorship, or naming opportunities, contact us today.
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