Dandelion Chocolates is pushing forward with plans to build a new four-story building behind their Mission District factory at 298 Alabama Street, complete with a new rooftop pool.
As we first reported last year, in addition to 14,000 square feet of new Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) space which would be internally connected to the existing building at 298 Alabama for Dandelion’s use, the proposed building includes 13,600 square feet of office space (the tenant for which has yet to be identified) and a 14,000 square foot gym to be operated by Purplepatch Fitness as a health, performance, and education center for triathletes, and for whom the pool would be maintained.
In a pre-application meeting with neighbors, the following concern was raised:
“How can it be guaranteed that the gym doesn’t go out of business soon after construction and at that point the pool doesn’t become a party venue for a tech firm?”
The architect’s response:
“Based on my understanding of the financing of the project, that is not an issue; the financial viability of the gym is guaranteed into the future. Separately, the pool is constructed as a competitive/training pool and does not lend itself to entertaining; there is no “club room” or kitchen on the pool level, and short of the deck area around the pool there is very little amenity-wise which would make this into an entertainment area.”
And Dandelion Chocolates, which acquired the warehouse building and adjacent parcel back in 2014, has since submitted its formal application to proceed with the development of 268 Alabama Street as proposed.