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George Lucas, Parks Conservancy Final Picks For Presidio Commissary Site

After reviewing pitches and receiving a downpour of input from the public, the Presidio Trust has narrowed the list of 16 proposals to three to build a cultural institution in the park’s former commissary site on Crissy Field.

As predicted, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Presidio Exchange both made the cut.

The Bridge/Sustainability Institute’s proposal for a cultural education center that would use the Presidio as a case study for sustainability also made it to the final round for consideration.

“The decision about whom to advance was difficult – every project had compelling elements and creative ideas,” said Nancy Bechtle, the Trust’s board chair.

While difficult, the semi-final picks should come as no surprise, since they were the only ones to receive any feedback at last month’s public hearing.

Now, each group is tasked with developing their initial concepts into full proposals that must be submitted to the Trust by September.

Before that deadline, the Trust will hold a public meeting on June 17 in San Francisco to hear concerns, as well as support for each project. Another public meeting will be scheduled for later this year.

The Commissary, originally built in 1989 by the U.S. Army, houses a Sports Basement. The retailer will move to another historic warehouse on Mason Street once the final project gets under way.

The full proposals can be found here on the Presidio Trust’s website.

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