Plan to move Exploratorium to Embarcadero up for vote on Thursday 

The plan to bring the Exploratorium to the San Francisco waterfront could take a big step forward this week.

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a regional shoreline monitoring agency, will hold a public hearing and a possible vote on Thursday that would approve the permit application to bring the Exploratorium to Piers 15 and 17 on the Embarcadero.

For the past 40 years, the Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum, has been located near the Palace of Fine Arts. Under the proposed plan, it's slated to move to a 78,000-square-foot location on the Embarcadero.

The relocation would take place in two phases. The first part would involve moving existing properties on Piers 15 and 17 and dredging portions of the ocean floor. The second phase would involve repairing and seismically upgrading the pier and beginning construction on the new development. The new Exploratorium is expected to be open the public by 2012.

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