Central Market Kiosk Reuse Program
The Central Market Community Benefit District (CMCBD) partnered with the architecture community (HOK, American Institute of Architects - San Francisco, WSP Flack+Kurtz, and Public Architecture) in the fall of 2010 in a streetscape improvement exercise designed to identify potential solutions to improve Central Market that could be immediately actionable, scalable and sustainable. This exploration led to a proposal to reutilize and readapt vacant kiosks along Market Street in Central Market for micro-retail and arts/cultural uses.
The CMCBD and HOK guided and implemented this pilot program in 2011 in partnership with the City's Department of Public Works and JCDecaux, the entity that owns and operates the kiosks.
The Central Market Kiosk Reuse Program currently includes three kiosks in the Central Market area.
The kiosk at Seventh and Market Streets operates as a bicycle repair stop managed by Central Market-based Huckleberry Bicycles. Huckleberry Bicycles (www.HuckleberryBicycles.com), located at 1073 Market Street, provides free bicycle repairs and maintenance services through the community kiosk. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
The kiosk at Sixth and Market Streets operates as an artist-in-residence space by San Francisco-based artists. The kiosk, named "Edicola", serves as a venue for featuring works by print media artists, including artist books, prints, and albums. Edicola also publishes a free monthly community newspaper. Edicola is dedicated to providing a platform for emerging artists to reach their community through support from the public and by repurposing a kiosk that would otherwise be vacant. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
The third kiosk is located on Fifth Street between Market and Mission Streets and will be operated by Intersection for the Arts (www.TheIntersection.org) for an arts programming use. The first program will be incorporated through the organization's summer youth arts program and is scheduled to open July 2012.
Future opportunities may develop as the pilot program progress and expands. For inquiries and further information, please contact the Central Market Community Benefit District at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-957-5985.
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