Hayes Valley & Market Street, San Francisco
Excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle Article:
ArtSpan Executive Director Joen Madonna said the building will provide studio space for 20 artists in residence. While the group, which organizes the city’s open studios, would prefer permanent space, she is “thrilled” to have temporary digs, which will also be used for arts-related community meetings and events, in addition to work space for artists. There will be an opening block party on Sept. 13.
The space will allow Artspan’s artists in residence to “make themselves heard as they persist as a strong and necessary presence in our changing city,” Madonna said.
There are risks for developers offering a temporary home for low-budget nonprofits, small-time chefs or struggling artists. There is always a chance that the groups won’t want to move when it comes time — in the case of the Hall, the interim use could become so popular that local residents will balk at the idea of tearing it down to make way for 186 apartments.
Craig Young, a partner with Tidewater Capital, said that his group makes sure to emphasize that the Hall is temporary. At the same time he expects that a version of the Hall will take root in the 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space planned for the site.
“I think it’s been helpful to use it as a prototype and see what works in the space and what doesn’t work,” said Young. “We would love to figure out a way to put it in the permanent project, to create a bastion for small business and community development.”