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June 8, 2018

NIMBY kryptonite

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Now this is an exciting project at Alameda Point — you know the place that NIMBYs in Alameda want to dump everything that they don’t want in their own neighborhoods to end up — it’s called the General Storehouse which will be a bunch of small rentable spaces for micro businesses, specifically food related businesses.  This is a project that even the most hardened of anti-development foes cannot resist.   From the East Bay Express:

In total, 300,000 square feet will be turned into a mixed-use space with the entire ground floor devoted to rentable kitchen space — enough for up to 40 different companies or entrepreneurs.

The bottom floor will be leased for food production and manufacturing, with features such as washable walls, commercial hoods, floor drains, dock loading, and space for a potential cafe or other retail business.

Sounds great right?

Here’s the catch for the folks that don’t want anything other than parks and businesses:

The second and third floors will include 88 live/work units.

But there might be a rooftop beer garden.

Here’s the website.

For proof of concept, here’s an article from 2014 about the Berkeley Kitchens which is the first project from the developers of the General Storehouse, highlights:

The 15 units in the ground floor of the building filled quickly. Each was rented with range hoods and sinks installed, typically a huge financial hurdle for small businesses. Most of Hendrickson’s tenants are established companies that had previously operating out of shared community kitchens. While they had outgrown the shared spaces, most of Hendrickson’s tenants couldn’t afford to rent their own standalone space. As Hendrickson explains, buildings like his “are going to be very valuable as a second step after a shared community commercial kitchen. I think that facilities like this will be a real fundamental part of the process of bringing new smaller food companies into the market.”

Hendrickson was careful to get to know each of his potential tenants, effectively curating the building just as one might curate an art gallery. As Hendrickson explains, the tenants “are the ones that go beyond just the empty spaces to give the whole building life. Because once you get your tenants in there, if you pick really good tenants, then you’re going to have these really neat dynamic communities of people that are all doing something in a very like-minded way, in this case, centered around food.”

According to the EBX, the ground floor units are expected to open next summer.


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