Dramatic Transformation of Public Housing in Visitacion Valley


The Sunnydale community, originally built as a visionary housing solution for wartime ship builders, is now a dilapidated assembly of disconnected buildings. Its leftover spaces are difficult to police and difficult to access. The new Sunnydale will be redeveloped incrementally to create a network of streets that connect with the surrounding neighborhood; create a variety of housing types for a mix of incomes and provide carefully scaled park spaces and recreational opportunities lined with public facilities. Principles of sustainable “green” development for the neighborhood and greater community will be integral to this transformation.


Redesign Sunnydale into a mix of uses typical of other San Francisco neighborhoods, including housing, services, community facilities, open space, and neighborhood-serving retail.


To replace all existing public housing units with minimal displacement and to reintegrate the community to the greater neighborhood.

Conditionally Approved LEED ND Gold Plan

VMWP's Sunnydale HOPE SF Master Plan application for LEED ND Stage 1 certification has been submitted and approved by the US Green Building Certification Institute. It is the first United States project to receive conditional approval at the LEED Gold level, one of three major checkpoints on the path to certification as a LEED for Neighborhood Development project and one of the first three submitted in the world.

The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED for Neighborhood Development is a collaboration among USGBC, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

LEED-ND certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development's location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.

Design Features

  • Replacement of Housing Authority units plus added for sale & for rent affordable units
  • Reintegration into surrounding community
  • Provide a range of community services including retail, recreational and supportive
  • Private outdoor space for units


“We are thrilled to have achieved Stage 1 Gold for the Conceptual Plan LEED ND Gold certification on Sunnydale’s Master Plan. In their hands-on approach as Master Plan Architect, VMWP’s knowledge, flexibility, perseverance and passion all played an instrumental role in this successful outcome. As both urban designers and architects, they were able to adeptly coordinate and facilitate all the stakeholders of this intricate project, from various city agencies to the consultant team and most importantly to the community via an extensive hands on community outreach process. From start to finish they were an invaluable partner and we couldn’t be more pleased with the collaboration.”

Ramie Dare
Project Manager
Mercy Housing

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