Flax, Iconic SF Art Supply Store, Evicted In Favor Of Condos

Flax art supply has been on Market Street for 37 years

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    File image. New condos will rise on the site of a longtime art supply store in San Francisco.

    Put away the pencils, paints and easels.

    Flax is making way for condominiums.

    Flax art supply in San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood is moving from its longtime home to be replaced by condominiums, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

    The longtime location is the future home of a nine-story, 160-unit condo development, the newspaper reported. The art store is looking for a new home in the city, "downsized" due to real estate realities, the newspaper reported.

    Flax sits on a 23,000-square foot parcel with a 17-spot parking lot -- an ideal property to be redeveloped, the newspaper noted, and one of almost a dozen projects of dozens of units each sprouting up along Market Street, replacing restaurants, a funeral home, and a gas station.

    Flax's owners are philosophical: they say that they'll move on without bitterness or regret and welcome the change.