Dance Mission Theater, 2205 Mission Street 

Beleaguered by rising rent and lease instability, Dance Mission will move into 10,000 square feet of multipurpose studio with performing and office space. Cultural place keeping, an integral part of Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA) plan for neighborhood stabilization, has translated to Dance Mission finding a new permanent home.

Finding a permanent home for Dance Mission’s dedicated and expanding community is at the forefront of our vision. Our current program has over 1500 people a week enjoying the benefit of our classes, workshops, girl empowerment programs, and performances. We do not want to lose what we have all built over the last 20 years.We welcome the efforts that MEDA and Common Ground have made to create a partnership that holds so many communities under one roof. This is revolutionary and we like to be part of that! 
— Artistic Director Krissy Keefer, Dance Mission Theater

The Dance Mission Theater is the second floor partner in a new six-story redevelopment project co-owned by MEDA and Mission Neighborhood Center.

The building located at 2020 Mission Street, will house 44 units of affordable housing through MEDA, expand childcare services for Mission Neighborhood Center, and provide space for studios and offices of Dance Mission Theater, a multicultural center for dance and dance related activities. The deal, which is still in preliminary negotiations will cost close to 44 Million dollars with an estimated completion date of 2022.

Common Ground is the Owner Representative for Dance Mission Theater in the pre-development stage of the project.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

In an effort the tackle the lack of affordable housing and the diminishing nonprofit sector in the historic Mission District, this ground breaking project is an innovative model of cooperation and collaboration. It is also  a collective response to what has felt like an assault on a community that has held affordable housing and arts as cornerstones of its thriving community.

The deal was closed on the structure at 2205 Mission which dates from 1924. It has been shuttered for many years and has had significant deferred maintenance. The plans call for salvaging the bottom two floors with six floors added. The design by Gelfend Architects will attest to no negative lighting or air effects on neighboring structures.

 Dance Mission Theater, second floor preliminary drawings, Gelfand Partners Architects

Dance Mission Theater, second floor preliminary drawings, Gelfand Partners Architects

FULL SERVICE EXPERTISE

Common Ground is providing real estate development services as the of Owner’s Representative for Dance Mission's new studios commercial condo. The state of the art facility will represent an expansion of the Dance Mission Studio’s program.  As such we offer the experience of bringing a project in on time and on budget, while avoiding pitfalls that might trap an inexperienced nonprofit executive director. The expertise of a nonprofit lies in community building and service, not usually the negotiation of multi-million dollar, multi-year real estate development deals.

“I knew of Leiasa Beckham’s work with The Luggage Store, Counterpulse, CAST, the arts commission, and NCCLF. I needed someone on my team who was fearless. I don’t negotiate bureaucracy well and she likes to interface with these sorts of hurdles. Leiasa is deeply skilled and her reputation precedes her. So I called her and said, Leiasa, I can’t do this on my own.”
— Artistic Director Krissy Keefer, Dance Mission Theater

 

This is where Common Ground fills the gap. We provide nonprofits with the support they need to complete the transaction. Specifically we,

  • manage the process of pre-development requirements from construction partners, planning department updates, or community outreach feedback

  • review budgets

  • monitor and advise on fundraising opportunities outside capital campaigns

  • provide design coordination and project management for the interior studio space

 Photo: Elizabeth Hafalia,  The Chronicle   Current site: 2205 Mission St., a 1919 building with a succession of owners in recent years.

Photo: Elizabeth Hafalia, The Chronicle

Current site: 2205 Mission St., a 1919 building with a succession of owners in recent years.