Performing Arts Center Ground Breaking

Performing Arts Center Ground Breaking (Photo credit: Melissa Culross/KCBS Radio)

Ground Broken On New San Francisco Performing Arts Center

Melissa Culross
March 20, 2018 - 9:24 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - New performing arts opportunities for kids and adults is coming to San Francisco. KCBS Radio's Melissa Culross reports that a former MUNI garage and power station is being renovated and will be reborn as a performing arts center.

The Geneva car barn and power station on San Jose Avenue is in San Francisco's Excelsior neighborhood which is part of the city's District 11 and home to many kids.

"It's also the home to a large and growing number of artists as it's one of the last remaining affordable neighborhoods, so I am committed to making sure we also create pathways for artists to live and continue to live in district 11," says Tom DeCaigny with the San Francisco Arts Commission.

DeCaigny, who helped break ground Monday on a renovation project that will turn the former MUNI garage into a performing arts center.

City Supervisor Ahsha Safaí represents the area and says the arts provide an important creative outlet especially for kids.

"A lot of children don't learn in the traditional ways," Safaí  said. "So this is something that will expose them to expand their minds to push their creativity and allow them to have multiple paths for their future."

Phase one of the renovation project is expected to be complete with arts programming beginning by early next year