Speculative // UCSF eyeing Dogpatch for over 1,000 student housing units

UCSF is looking into building a large student housing complex in Dogpatch, the residential neighborhood just to the south of the school’s Mission Bay hospital and medical research campus.
UCSF is eyeing a pair of industrial properties on Minnesota Street — 590 and 600 Minnesota — that face each other on an industrial block between 18th and Mariposa streets, according to multiple real estate sources. Each site is about 37,000 square feet. Combined, they could accommodate more than 1,000 student housing units.

School officials have also toured other development sites in the neighborhood, but a spokesman said UCSF doesn’t comment on “rumor or speculation.” Property owner Edward Conner stressed that no deal has been finalized with UCSF or any other buyer.

“There is a lot going on and a lot of interest, but nothing has gotten done,” Conner said.

A student housing project in the area would likely receive strong support from housing advocates who have long criticized UCSF, as well as other local schools, for making little effort to house their students, instead leaving them to compete in the city’s tight and increasingly expensive rental market.

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