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Project Overview

As housing prices in San Francisco have skyrocketed, UCSF remains committed to finding solutions to keep it affordable for its graduate students and trainees. A recent study showed that housing on its Parnassus and Mission Bay campus sites only meets about 32 percent of the total need.  This site, along with our recent partnership with Hastings Law School, could significantly reduce housing constraints for students.

UCSF is evaluating all options for creating new housing that both adds to the University’s overall affordable housing options and simultaneously lessens the UCSF community’s reliance on the city’s general rental market.

UCSF has closed escrow on the purchase of three properties from a single owner near its Mission Bay campus as a potential site for student and trainee housing. The parcels at 566, 590 and 600 Minnesota Street, in the Dogpatch neighborhood, currently contain aging warehouses that the University is proposing to replace.

UCSF will work closely with neighbors in the Dogpatch area and follow standard protocols for public engagement to assess potential plans for the property. While UCSF intends to designate the site as a preferred site for environmental review of additional student/training housing, no final decisions will be made regarding use of the site until UCSF has completed environmental review under CEQA.

Read the latest news about the project:

UC Regents Approve Building Plans for 3 Projects in Mission Bay, Dogpatch
May 19, 2017

Learn more about the campus housing issues at UCSF »

Community Involvement

Design Updates Presented to Neighborhood Organizations:

Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association: 2017.4.25 Minnesota Housing Design Presentation to Potrero Boosters

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association: 2017.5.9 Minnesota Housing Design Presentation to DNA


UCSF Community Meeting Minnesota Street Graduate Student/Trainee Housing Proposed Building Design Presentation on April 10, 2017

2017.4.10. Meeting Agenda

2017.4.10 Minnesota Housing Presentation

UCSF Campus Life Services Transportation Fact Sheet 2017  

UCSF held a community meeting to solicit feedback on the proposed building design for UCSF’s Minnesota Graduate Student/Trainee Housing at 566, 590 and 600 Minnesota Street.

UCSF is proposing to develop housing for graduate students and trainees along with their spouses or partners (no children).   The project will comprise two structures on Minnesota Street, one to the north of 18th Street and one to the south, and each building will comply with local zoning and height restrictions.  Of the 130 off-street parking spaces included in the project, approximately 30 spaces would be set aside for vehicle-share services, and electric vehicle charging stations would be provided.  Planned on-site amenities would include bike parking, social space, community rooms, laundry, as well as a corner market to serve the project residents and the Dogpatch neighborhood.  The proposed project is anticipated to begin construction in 2017 and be occupied by summer 2019.


Minnesota Graduate Student and Trainee Housing Draft EIR Public Hearing on February 6, 2017

2017.2.6 Meeting Agenda

The purpose of this public hearing was to provide neighbors an opportunity to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). verbally or in writing.  Please note that no responses were be provided to comments/questions during the hearing.  They will be published in the Final EIR.

The Draft EIR, included a detailed project description, and was made available for public review and comment starting January 9, 2017 at  http://campusplanning.ucsf.edu/ The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIR. 


Minnesota St. Graduate Student / Trainee Housing EIR Scoping Meeting on August 17, 2016

Neighbors were invited to an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) scoping meeting for the proposed project. This meeting provided an opportunity to discuss concerns and potential issues related to the environmental review.

2016.8.17 Minnesota Housing EIR Scoping Meeting Agenda

2016.8.17 Minnesota Housing EIR Scoping Meeting Presentation

Initial Study

An Initial Study that includes a project description was available online starting August 1, 2016 at http://campusplanning.ucsf.edu/. It also identified the scope and content of the environmental information for inclusion in the Draft EIR.


Planning for Design Workshop on March 17, 2016

Perkins+Will reported back on the outcomes from the initial planning for design meeting held on February 16. We also asked community members to engage in a more detailed dialog on the future design of the Minnesota Street properties by presenting a series of alternative concepts for the development of the site that reflect feedback we received at the first meeting and more detailed analysis from the design team and consultants.


Planning for Design Workshop on February 16, 2016

UCSF invited neighbors to collaborate in launching the design process for three adjacent properties located at 566, 590 and 600 Minnesota Street.  Almost 30 neighbors attended as UCSF shared information about community perceptions derived from neighbor discussions along with current community development context for proposed housing sites.  We asked participants to work with us to develop more detailed direction on the future design of the Minnesota Street project as it relates to neighborhood design guidelines and within the context of ongoing change in the Dogpatch neighborhood. Perkins + Will, an urban design consultant retained by UCSF, guided the meeting into planning for design breakout groups, soliciting valuable feedback as neighbors manipulated development components related to parking, site access, massing, streetscape and ground floor uses.

UCSF has made the development of critically needed, affordable housing for graduate students and trainees one of our top priorities.

UCSF will continue to work closely with neighbors in the Dogpatch area and follow standard protocols for public engagement to assess potential plans for the property. While it is our intention that this site is preferred for additional student/trainee housing, no final decisions will be made regarding use of the site until UCSF has completed the CEQA environmental review process.


Design Planning Workshop on January 25, 2016

On Monday, January 25, 2016, UCSF hosted a community meeting at the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, to present information about proposed developments in Mission Bay and Dogpatch. Approximately 30 neighbors participated in a lively discussion about sites located at 2130 Third Street and 566, 590 and 600 Minnesota Street. Dr. Matthew State presented on the Department of Psychiatry Child, Teen and Family Center to be located along the Third Street commercial corridor, to be occupy a building that would have an appropriately scaled down neighbor-facing side along Tennessee Street.  He explained how this project would transform mental healthcare by serving as a resource to educate area clinicians on new treatment models while delivering essential mental health services to families and seniors. Dr. Dan Lowenstein shared information about UCSF’s housing need for affordable graduate student and trainee housing at the Minnesota Street site. Housing is being considered because of campus proximity for students to work, while lessening transportation impacts and the extent to which UCSF’s students would compete for affordable housing in the city. As a next step, we are inviting neighbors to participate in the Minnesota Street Housing design-planning workshop on Feb. 16, 2016.

UCSF recently purchased three adjacent properties at 566, 590 and 600 Minnesota Street as a potential site to build critically needed, affordable housing for graduate students and trainees. UCSF is evaluating all options for creating new housing that adds to the university’s overall affordable housing options and simultaneously lessens its reliance on the city’s general rental market.

UCSF also received a $50 million gift to develop a Child, Teen and Family Center at 2130 Third St. (along 18th Street between 3rd & Tennessee Streets). This center will provide a state-of-the-art setting for superior, family-focused mental health care, informed by the latest research. During the meeting, UCSF shared information about our plans for outpatient clinics and research programs on this site. This work will provide services to the community and broader Bay Area, while substantially improving our understanding of illness prevention and treatment of children, adolescents and adults.

We look forward to continued discussions to get your invaluable feedback on our preliminary plans.  

The UCSF staff contact person is Michele Davis at [email protected] or 415-476-3024.


For those interested, tours of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay can be scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month by registering at  http://www.ucsfspecialevents.org/tours/

Group tours are also available.

2016.3.17 Minnesota Properties Planning for Design Agenda

2016.3.17 Minnesota Properties Planning for Design Presentation

2016.2.16 Minnesota Workshop Meeting Agenda

2016.2.16 Minnesota Properties Design Planning Workshop #1 Presentation

2016.1.25 Community Meeting Agenda

2016.1.25 Community Meeting Presentation