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1400 Park Street

What would you like to see at 1400 Park Street?

A historical building sits at 1400 Park Street — the same corner as Starbucks and Peet’s near Central Avenue.

The building has been vacant for about five years. The most recent tenant was Total Travel Gallery, but previous to that it was a Wells Fargo branch office where they were the original tenant since the building was built in 1888.

Part of the reason why this building has been vacant for so long is because of its size, price, and some limitations of the building that make it difficult to accommodate certain types of businesses that might otherwise work here.

The space is 6,500 sq. ft. on two floors. Because it's in such a prominent location the price per square foot is on the high end of the spectrum. One issue with the layout is about half of the square footage comes from the offices on the second floor which isn’t very useful for retail shops or restaurants.

A brewpub was interested in this space but the floors can’t support the weight of the beer tanks and the added costs of rebuilding the floor was a deal breaker. Some restaurants have looked at it, but a kitchen would have to be built which is very expensive, so they would have to feel really good about their odds. Chase Bank also considered this building, but they decided on another location that has a parking lot.

The owners of the building are aware of the size and price so they're willing to negotiate.  But even if they brought the rate down to mid-market levels, the size and layout of the space would still be a problem so they’re considering diving up the space into smaller units that could be used for retail, restaurant and office space. 

We’d like to get your suggestions on the types of businesses you would like to see here.

Please use this link to suggest on Spotmojo: http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/1400park/

Alameda Patch has partnered with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions.  The suggestions submitted on Spotmojo will go to the broker and potential businesses.  You can make your suggestions in the comments section below, but please note, your suggestions posted on Spotmojo will go directly to the broker and potential businesses.

Spotmojo is a website where you can suggest the businesses you want where you live, work, or play. The suggestions are provided to new businesses and commercial real estate brokers to help new businesses find their ideal location. This gives you a voice in the businesses that open in your neighborhood and it helps local businesses succeed.

Tom Brody January 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM
It would be nice to have live entertainment on Alameda Island. I suggest the following: (1) Monday. Latin jazz, Brazilian, and Cuban/African sound. (2) Tuesday. Classical chamber music, e.g., Brahms, Aaron Kernis, Bartok, and Vivaldi. (3) Wednesday. Vocal music, e.g., by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler (yes, Mahler has piano/vocal duet music), and music from American musicals. (4) Thursday. Folk music such as that found at FREIGHT & SALVAGE in Berserkeley. (5) Friday. Grindcore and punk music. (6) Saturday. Lite dinner jazz, for people involved in courting behavior. (7) Sunday. Experimental and electronic music. Now, all we have to do find a corporate sponsor who is willing to pay for the rent, staff, and upkeep.
dave January 12, 2013 at 01:46 AM
LOVE the idea but it needs to be tweaked a bit. First, don't slaughter an animal that is under stress, there is a noticable decline in taste & texture. A chased greased pig would not be good eating; kill em when they're chillin, so to speak. Second, it takes at best number of days, and perhaps many weeks or even many months depending on method, to cure a ham. So maybe a program to purchase a whole pig and cure it yourself on premises in your own private stall in meat locker. Then every time you visit, the ladies of the house serve you whatever portion & preparation of your pig you fancy. THAT is an idea whose time has come!
Lisbeth Allen January 12, 2013 at 02:40 AM
So Dave, I think we're on the same page here... What you are saying is that we (pardners you and I) should make the pig a happy pig first. Like Kobe beef. So maybe we can work that brewery thing in here. You get your pig drunk first. Marinate it so to speak. A drunk pig is a happy pig. Unless of course it's one of those pigs that gets depressed when it's drunk, but I digress. And just like Kobe beef cows get massages, we would give the pigs massages too. That would be a good way to keep those out of work massage therapists busy, not THAT kind of masseuse though. Now that would add new meaning to Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Brenda Gardner January 12, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Law Offices and accounting offices upstairs that will support the live entertainment and hip restaurant downstairs.
Tom Brody January 14, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Yes, a law firm would be a good idea, but only if the law firm is a top flight law firm. Law firm partners earn half a million dollars per year. This means, plenty of disposable income for the attorneys to spend at Southshore Mall, at Peet's, at Books Inc., at Dragon Rouge, at Speisekammer, at the excellent marketplace on Park Street, at the Alameda Zachary's (which we do not yet have), and at the Alameda High-End Men's clothing store (which we do not yet have.

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