Design Build Empower
Preserving a community, building a legacy

In 1959, The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s leader, Justin Herman, took charge to acquire properties through eminent domain and began bulldozing through the Fillmore District, a predominately African American community. By the time his A-1 Development project was done, 883 business were closed, and 20,000 to 30,000 residents were displaced. Most were never able to return to the neighborhood.

In the 1960s, Rev. J Austell Hall of Bethel AME Church had a vision to restore and preserve a portion of the Fillmore District allowing 382 families to return. That vision became Freedom West. After some initial years of stabilization, Freedom West began to decline after decades of deferred maintenance and lack of investment in the community. The work has begun to revitalize Freedom West which will recapture the vision of its original founder in modern form, and serve as a model partnership for restorative justice in San Francisco.

Our commitment to design, build, and empower with equity, will deliver modern market rate quality, yet permanently affordable housing for the existing residents, while also inviting a new, expanded population of residents who want to enjoy modern amenities and a prime location in the City, along with desirable retail shopping, cultural arts, dining, entertainment experiences, and an Innovation Center with STEM workforce and entrepreneurship training and resources.

Project Mission

Save and preserve on-site affordable units

The vital co-op ownership structure for shareholders means peace of mind today and long-term economic sustainability and security for the future.

Create affordable housing units for Fillmore and San Francisco Residents

The plan will help address the growing affordable housing crisis in San Francisco which has contributed to the loss of the African American population in the Fillmore and the City at large.

Accelerate STEM Workforce and Entrepreneur Development

In partnership with the Base 11 Next Frontier Initiative, Freedom West 2.0 will build an onsite Community Innovation Center with access to state-of-the-art, industry-grade technology, equipment and training needed for 21st Century tech, driven jobs and entrepreneurship.

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Access to Homeownership

We’re partnering with banks, government and nonprofit partners to create a pathway to affordable homeownership for Fillmore community residents

Project Commitments

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In 2019, the Freedom West Board, representing 382 shareholders and approximately 1,000 residents, participated in a visioning session facilitated by the Institute of the Future to develop a set of Guiding Principles that now serve as our roadmap plan to achieve the following:

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Preserve

Restricted equity cooperative structure to retain full ownership by Freedom West shareholders.

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Replace

The 382 existing units at Freedom West with 382 new co-op units that include modern amenities and more space — at no additional cost to cooperative members.

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Develop

A long-term (40+ year) economic sustainable financial plan for the co-op, including new sources of income from additional residential and retail components.

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Involve

Freedom West Homes’ input in the design of the replacement units, the overall site plan, and community benefits.

In October 2020, the Freedom West Homes Cooperative Members, representing more than a thousand residents, voted to approve the plan by over a 2 to 1 margin.

Community Benefits

Community Amenities & Benefits

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Retail & Entertainment

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Health & Fitness Center

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STEM Community Innovation Center

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Over 200K SFT of Open Space

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Boutique Hotel

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Community Event Center Space

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Community Gardens

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Better Access to Streets & Transit

Community Economic Benefits

By Designing, Building, and Empowering with Equity, this project will bring new hope and a bright future for a community overlooked for far too long. Currently, the Freedom West site is primarily residential, with very low density and too much space being used for above-ground parking. The proposed plan reimagines the use of the space by expanding its use to include commercial, retail and event space. Freedom West 2.0 will create much needed jobs and small business opportunities for residents of the Fillmore community.

Cumulative Construction Job-Years

(10,980 onsite, plus 1,950 offsite)

 

Total Recurring Job-Years at Full Build-Out

(590 onsite; 240 offsite)

 

$2.2

Billion in One-Time Economic Output from Construction

($1.7 billion directly;
$500 million indirectly)

$241

Million in Annual Recurring Economic Output at Full Build-Out

($163 million directly; $78 million indirectly)

Cumulative Construction Job-Years

(10,980 onsite, plus 1,950 offsite)

 

Total Recurring Job-Years at Full Build-Out

(590 onsite; 240 offsite)

 

$2.2

Billion in One-Time Economic Output from Construction

($1.7 billion directly; $500 million indirectly)

$241

Million in Annual Recurring Economic Output at Full Build-Out

($163 million directly; $78 million indirectly)

Concept Design

The video below provides a three-minute preview of the Freedom West 2.0 concept design plan as currently proposed.

Meet our Development Team

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Property Owner

www.freedomwest.com

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Development Partner

www.macfarlanepartners.com

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Development Partner

www.avanath.com

Legacy First Partners

Lead Advisor,
Legacy West Homes

www.legacyfirst.com

Devine and Gong

Affordable Housing
Consultant

www.devinegong.com

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Goldfarb Lipman Attorneys Logo

General Counsel,
Freedom West Homes

www.goldfarblipman.com

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Advisor,
Freedom West Homes

www.iftf.org