The San Francisco Art Institute, which currently has campuses in Russian Hill and Dogpatch, could be headed for new digs at Fort Mason Center. The fine arts school would build facilities, including galleries, classrooms, and studios, in Fort Mason's recently renovated Herbst Pavilion in a project that would cost $17 million. Fort Mason is already home to a host of arts-related tenants, from theater groups to galleries, and provides rental space to those tenants with prices that are less than 50 percent of market rate. The school hopes to announce a deal with Fort Mason by May.
Fort Mason is also in talks with soon-to-be-displaced art-supply store Flax about opening a store on the grounds. Flax's current Market Street location is set to be replaced by new housing, and the store has been looking for a new spot in the city. Other potential arts tenants, including Union Square galleries and the Cartoon Art Museum, have also talked to Fort Mason about relocating. The potential moves are part of Fort Mason's push to become a cultural destination in San Francisco, a move that will help the center raise the $90 million that it needs for improvements to its piers and buildings over the next 10 years.
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