Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gleaming Yosemite Plaza

David Lai, Yosemite Plaza owner, has been remaking the former 7-up bottling plant, located off the beaten path in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood, for years. The transformation is so extensive that a visitor might think the building is brand new. 

Andrew Montoya, Lai's assistant, told Footprints that a mix of businesses responded to the availability of commercial space even before the new sidewalks and streets trees went in. That's good news since the building gobbles nearly an entire block.

"We are already between eighty and ninety percent occupied," Montoya said.
Businesses now leasing commercial space at 1552 Yosemite include NewME Accelerator, a 12-week residential technology accelerator for companies with minority-led founders. NewMe signed a three-year lease, in part to move the organization's offices closer to the 3rd Street residential component of its work. 

Shawn Williams (pictured right with an apprentice chocolatier) and partner Kathryn Williams are the artist-entrepreneurs behind Feve Artisan Chocolate. Williams hasn't finished setting up his space on the Keith Street side of the building, but is already turning out visually stunning artisan sweets, perfect for the most sophisticated palettes. 

Next door to Feve is Outfit Generic, a boutique hospitality group with a 1,500-square-foot production kitchen and visions of a contemporary patisserie. William Werner, Chief Creative Officer, was the executive pastry chef for the renowned Quince restaurant. 

Other businesses leasing space at Yosemite Plaza include Top Grade Construction, FACP, and a towing company.

From an article published in Bayview Footprints Local News 10-9-12 edition

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