Affordable rental housing to replace Hugo Hotel 

The future of the long-neglected Hugo Hotel site could become clear in two months.

The fire-gutted hotel, which at Sixth and Howard streets is famously covered with furniture installed by artist Brian Goggin, was purchased for $4.6 million by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

The agency recently called for bids from developers interested in razing the four-story hotel and replacing it with affordable rental housing.

Bids are due July 29 and the agency is scheduled to select a preferred developer during the final week of August.

Developers were directed to propose a new building for the site filled with one, two and three-bedroom units targeted at households earning up to half of the area’s median income.

“The ground floor of the development must include storefront space, residential lobby, on-grade off-street parking wrapped by active spaces that front Howard Street and Sixth Street,” agency staff wrote in bid documents. “Community space and laundry facilities appropriate to a family rental development should be incorporated into the development.”

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