Arc Light Apartments San Francisco, CA


The Arc Light Apartments project was a $48 million conversion of a historic commercial building in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood into a multifamily development. The development offers 94 housing units, 20% of which are reserved for lower income households. There is also underground parking, over 4,400 square feet of retail space, and a day care facility. The project’s innovative design combines the existing brick structure with a new five-story concrete building. The site of the Arc Light Apartments was originally the Arc Light Company Station building, which had been used for various industrial and commercial purposes.


The HIT financed the construction through the purchase of a $32.5 million FHA insured, tax-exempt bond issued by the Association of Bay Area Governments in March 2010. The project qualified for historic tax credits as well as Low Income Housing Tax Credits.


The Arc Light Apartments project is part of South Beach’s continuing transition from a largely industrial area to a more residential- and retail-oriented community. Arc Light is helping San Francisco meet the ongoing demand for in-town rental apartments and much-needed affordable housing. The preservation and adaptive reuse of an historic commercial structure featuring an innovative and environmentally-friendly design made Arc Light San Francisco’s first LEED Gold-Certified residential project.

Development work on the project generated an estimated 439 family-supporting
union jobs in construction and related industries.*

*Job and economic impact figures are estimates calculated using IMPLAN, an input-output model, based on HIT project data. The data is current as of March 31, 2020. Economic impact data is in 2019 dollars and all other figures are nominal.

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