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The California Academy of Sciences (referred to as the CAS or the Academy) proposes to build a new CAS on the site of the existing facility in Golden Gate Park. The project site is on Academy Drive, on the south side of the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park and is bordered on the north by the Music Concourse (across Academy Drive), on the southwest by the Shakespeare Garden, on the south by the Big Rec Ball Field (across Middle Drive East) and on the east by a meadow and woods within the Park, including the McLaren Rhododendron Dell. The project would demolish 11 of 12 existing buildings while retaining and rehabilitating Simson Africa Hall in place. The floor area would increase by approximately 40,000 square feet, from approximately 350,000 sq. ft. to approximately 390,000 sq. ft. Overall, the new Academy would increase the floor area of the museum's functions on a smaller footprint than the existing facility (from approximately 240,000 sq. ft. to approximately 205,000 sq. ft.).
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