Mayor Ed Lee to join groundbreaking for senior housing development 

Mayor Ed Lee will head to a parking lot two blocks from City Hall Monday morning for the groundbreaking of a new housing project for low-income and homeless seniors, according to the mayor’s office.

Lee will join community members at 11 a.m. for a ceremony to break ground on the planned Mary Helen Rogers Senior Community at 701 Golden Gate Ave.

The $40 million project, which is being developed in partnership with the Chinatown Community Development Center, will feature 100 residential units for low- and very-low-income seniors, and 20 more units for homeless seniors, according to the project’s website.

The project is named for Western Addition community activist Mary Helen Rogers and will include artistic tributes to her and her legacy.

It is estimated to be opened in 2013.

Lee will offer brief remarks, according to the mayor’s office, and presumably pick up a ceremonial shovel at some point.

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