Supes embrace Exploratorium’s waterfront move

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee supported on Wednesday a 66-year lease between the Port of San Francisco and the Exploratorium museum. The full board will vote on whether to approve the lead agreement and environmental review document on Nov. 3.

The Exploratorium plans on moving from its existing home in the Palace of Fine Arts to Pier 15 and possibly Pier 17, if it decides to expand once they relocate there.

“For the port, it will be an historic rehabilitation of a major important historic resource on the Embarcadero while we retain maritime uses and also create a new a attraction to attract visitors to the waterfront,” said Jennifer Sobol, the Port’s project manager.  The Exploratorium will have “a new home to accommodate all of their programs under one roof and in a location more accessible to its visitors.”

The Port expects to finalize the agreement by the spring and begin construction, which would take two years.

The deal still needs approval by a state regulatory agency and a final vote of approval by the Port Commission, once, and if, the commission is satisfied with the Exploratorium’s financing of the agreement.
 

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