The SF Chronicle Kiosk located at the intersection of Mission & Geneva Streets is rarely used by the newspaper, supposedly only on Sundays. The structure is a blighted nuisance to the community, and they've asked for the city's support in designing something more welcoming and multipurpose which will enliven the sidewalk. The neighborhood would like to use the kiosk as an information center and possible small, pop-up business incubator. The structure would provide a place to post news & happenings, as well as allow outreach by various community groups and businesses. Since it is located at a major intersection where there is a lot of morning & evening rush hour traffic, the stand could also support small food/coffee businesses looking for a pop-up shop. A fresh take on an old typology.
The neighborhood also hopes to post a local map, designed by a resident artist, showcasing the many mural & facade beautification projects, favorite businesses, and other key destinations in the area. In conjunction with a greening & sculpture project across the street, Ever Upward, the community is creating a gateway at the neighborhoods most southern extent through greening, color infusion, plantings, and repurposing under used and wasted spaces.
So far the project has been well received by both the Chronicle and the city; however, due to ownership & liability issues, there are still many outstanding questions regarding how this project will come to life. The newspaper owns the structure, but the city owns the land - and in order to allow other businesses to use the space, someone has to take on the insurance; so far, a solution has not emerged...
The project has a small amount of funding, just barely enough to cover the design-build costs; however, additional funding may help expedite the ownership & insurance dilemma.