One of the interesting bits to come out of the Tuesday City Council meeting — and no I haven’t not finished watching yet they did another super long meeting and I haven’t had a chance to get through all of it — was a lease for a building at Alameda Point. But it wasn’t the lease itself that was interesting rather it was the tenants in the building that made the item super interesting.
At Alameda Point building 29 is a space that was a former workshop and is located here:
Despite the goal of reusing buildings out at Alameda Point this particular building has been on the chopping block because of its proximity to open space and the plans for “De-pave Park” which essentially will just be unfenced open space, I mean a “natural wetland-oriented transition.” Anyway, the lease for this group of artisans and craftsmen was opposed by one group: the Sierra Club.
The argument was that the artisans should only be given a two year lease because otherwise they might get too comfortable and never want to leave and then De-pave park wouldn’t happen quickly enough.
Fortunately the City Council disagreed with the Sierra Club and instead agreed with staff to give the full five year lease to the existing tenants. Evidently that particular space is very special and has working interior cranes that assist the craftspeople to fabricate their pieces. At this point, unless it is developed, there appears to be no other building at Alameda with the same sort of interior improvements.
What was amazing was the number of tenants who came out to speak asking the City Council to extend the longer lease. And while I sort of kind of knew that this community existed at Alameda Point, this agenda item really made me understand that this is truly a unique incubator type space that exists at Alameda Point. A city staff person was generous enough to respond to my request for a list of tenants that existed so I could repost them here.
One tenant that used to be located there but moved on the different space was Natel Energy, they current exist at the same building that was leased by Matson. But some others include:
- Hirschfeld Fabrications: Custom metal fabrication and welding
- Barnes Welding: Seismic and Architectural Metalwork
- B29 Design — Chris Hirneisen: metal/wood custom display units, designer and fabricator
- Wolfgang Brinck Small Boats: custom Kayak builder
- Shawn HibmaCronan: Artist
- Ben Mitchell and Michael Kraft: Boat Builder
- Jon Stevens: Architectural fabricator
- Tim Leistiko: Machinery restorer and woodworker
- Doug Woodville: car builder
- Alameda Wooden Trailers — Merlin Bianco: prototype teardrop motorcycle trailers
- Peter Dreyfuss: steel sculptor/welder
So much talent and creativity in one space! Hopefully when Alameda Point starts its build out and there is need for art pieces or fabrication that the developers will look locally. By the way apparently the custom Kayak builder is a very big deal in the kayak building world.