Presidio winnows visions for store 

A project that would transform an old grocery store in the Presidio into a cultural institution was narrowed down to three concepts, the Presidio Trust announced.

Filmmaker George Lucas, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Chora Group and WRNS Studio have been invited to submit full proposals to the trust by September.

The three were chosen out of a field of 16 concepts that would transform the site, currently occupied by retailer Sports Basement, into a more inviting space that would use its location to enhance the Presidio and educate.

Each design and concept is different. For instance, Lucas proposed a cultural arts museum while the conservancy would transform the building to include views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Chora and WRNS would construct a research and sustainability project, known as the Bridge and Sustainability Institution.

Though officials are moving quickly on design concepts, it will be at least a year before construction on any project begins, according to Presidio Trust officials.

A public meeting, which will include a more in-depth look at each concept, is scheduled for June 17.

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