The workshop is actually leased by a computer startup company, however, as
it's too big for their purposes, we've worked out an arrangement for use of
the premises. We regret that this sometimes limits accommodation of various
PLEASE NOTE: As the building cannot be made "handicapped accessible"
(in particular, the bathroom), the workshop cannot be and is not
open to the public.
Ringing the doorbell usually doesn't work!
Call so you are expected.
Street Address: 613 85th Avenue, Oakland CA 94621, USA
About the Location
The building is zoned 'light industrial' and can be a hazardous place with casting
of metals and plastics and movement of heavy machinery near by. The structure
is considered a warehouse, in a complex of some 7 older such spaces, the oldest
dating back to W.W.I. Unfortunately the entrance is an area where wind vortices
bring and dump debris from the street - and the landlord seems incapable of removing
it or even providing a garbage receptacle.
We've never had any trouble here, but of course, this is the big city - don't
leave obvious valuables sitting in your car in plain sight, but you don't have
to be overly concerned about your personal safety.
The entrance can be difficult to find. Seven (7) addresses share a single
30' wide gate. The facility is behind ASE Automotive, and next door to "Pacific
Wire Rope Rigging". Just inside the gate, on the left, there is a "parking triangle",
and in the far corner, a door. That door serves 613 and two of our neighbors.
The large gate is on a garage door opener remote system, and sometimes it's closed.
Adventuresome folk can perhaps squeeze through, but a better plan is to call us
at the number above since we may not hear the door bell or your knocking anyway.
Please do not park in a numbered space! Please do not block anyone in!
We have a continual problem with this and I don't want my friends to be guilty
so we are free to complain when someone's in our spot or blocking us in! Note
that all the parking in the triangle is numbered, so please don't park there.
Parking after business hours and on weekends is available in the Nutri-Slim
parking spaces as they are closed. Also, there is usually a lot of parking around
back. And, you can always park on the street.
Directions & Map
Most visitors will have no problem getting to the area because it's near
the Oakland Coliseum and Oakland Airport.
You can take BART if you wish - we often do. It's perhaps a 10 to 15 minute walk
from the Coliseum BART Station. I highly recommend taking the Hegenberger Road
overpass over the railroad tracks, then left on Baldwin, and right on 85th. This
route is well lit with lots of traffic, and it's the shortest route, especially
if there's a train passing.
From I-880 Northbound:
The Hegenberger Road exit is before the overpass. It's a "J" shape which
"T" intersects Edes. Turn right. 85th Av. is your first left, and is just
past the DMV office. The street address is just 1.5 blocks ahead on your
left. If you get to railroad tracks, you've gone too far. See notes above
regarding the entrance and parking.
From I-880 Southbound:
The Hegenberger Road exit is before the overpass. Turn left onto Hegenberger
and cross over I-880. Take the first right onto Edes, and first left onto
Enterprise. Enterprise is one long block, and at the other end, turn left
onto 85th. 613 is half a block on your left. Some of my friends use alternative
routes, which can be deduced from the map. See notes above regarding the
entrance and parking .