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Beloved Art Store Flax May Be Winnowed

To make room for—you guessed it—housing. 

A proposal to knock down the iconic art store on Market and Valencia has been filed with the city's Planning Department.

Under the new specs, the building that houses Flax would be torn down to make way for a new nine-story building that would have 160 units of housing, 123 parking spaces in a garage that would have access to McCoppin (the site is right next to the freeway ramp, after all), and 4,500 feet of commercial space.

And while the proposal is a blow to the city's art lovers (Personal note: I bought a copy of a teach yourself to paint book and a kids watercolor set there about a year ago, and now I can paint some great looking fish), it's another of our building boom times. It's a wave that threatens to sweep away beloved cultural spots like the Mission's Elbo Room.

But hey, on the bright side: The new apartment dwellers who move into the space will hopefully provide a nice boost of customers for piano-side sing-alongs at Martuni's.

Until they turn that building into more apartments too.


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