The South Bay Spot is opening its new location May 1, 2017 with a party. Coincidentally, that’s also the day that we take possession of the new location! So you folks are going to get to see the facility just the way we’re getting it. In order to set some expectations, and to answer some questions from “inquiring minds,” I’ve pulled together everything that we’ve published so far about the location, as well as some pictures and diagrams.
The building itself is 2,200 sq. ft. It’s mostly a big empty room that is 47 ft by 47ft. The floor is bare concrete. The walls are bare cinderblock. The ceiling is 14+ feet high open beams. It’s truly a blank canvas and will be what we make of it.
Other than a big empty square room, there is one walled room, the bathroom.
There are two support columns in the main room.
There are two large roll-up doors in the front (and only accessible side) of the building. One of the roll-up doors has a man-door made into it. This is currently the only human sized entrance to the space.
1088 Myrtle St., Unit C, San Jose CA 95126
Note that there are three buildings on the very deep property. A house in the front. (Don’t bother these people.) A small building in the middle that is currently vacant and being remodeled. And our building in the far back.
Follow the long drive to the left of the house and go through the large gate to get to the Spot. Please never block the driveway.
There is a fenced, gated, reasonably private concrete parking area just in front of the building that is for our exclusive use. It could be painted for parking for 6 vehicles. It could hold more if we wanted to play musical cars.
There is some street parking on Mrytle, but please don’t block neighbors’ driveways. There is much more parking 1/2 block in either direction. In one direction there is a park with lots of parking. In the other there is lots of space under the trees next to highway 17.
Traffic is light to non-existent in the area since most streets don’t go through. The Caltrain tracks are two blocks to the north and highway 17 less than a block away to the east.
This building has terrific safety provisions! First and foremost, there is a complete heavy-duty sprinkler system, including coverage for the outside front of the building! The construction is almost exclusively concrete, cinderblock, and steel.
We will be immediately adding 4 fire extinguishers and two emergency lights.
There is one restroom with a toilet and a janitor’s style sink. There is a demand water heater under the sink. The one small window of the building is in the bathroom. The glass is frosted and there are bars on the window.
There is plumbing and a drain on the other side of the bathroom that may be useful for putting in an additional bathroom and/or a shower in the future.
There is no central heat and air, but plenty of electrical service. Our problem at the old Spot was lack of electrical service, not a lack of heaters! Hopefully before next winter we can install one or two large commercial gas heaters.
There are four large vents in the roof. If we install manual dampers on them and perhaps exhaust fans, we can manage the temperature on milder days with just the vents and some fans.
There is some fluorescent ceiling lighting but it’s in bad shape. How much lighting does a dungeon need, anyway? There are eight huge frosted skylights that let in a lot of light during the day.
As I mentioned, there is plenty of electrical service coming into the building. But it’s going to need some work getting the power around the room to where we want it. A lot of the old electrical has been gutted.
Cold water comes in and a huge water service for the sprinklers.
There is currently no telephone, cable, or natural gas connection. Although all three are present on the house at the front of the property.
I hope this helps answer some question about the new location. If you have more, I’ll try to answer them here, just comment on this post.