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

Flax art supply has been on Market Street for 37 years

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.

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