Justin Kamimoto, right, is the CEO of Common Space, which recently took up a new location on Fulton Street. Photo by Donald A. Promnitz
Written by Donald A. Promnitz
A nonprofit incubator in Downtown Fresno will be operating with more space after a move to the Fulton District.
The incubator and social gathering hub Common Space opened in its new home yesterday evening with an Art Hop event. Located at 1250-1252 Fulton St., the building will also serve as a coffee shop with Café Alchemy beginning construction early next year.
It was previously located at 2915 Tulare St.
“And know that this is really just the beginning for us,” said Justin Kamimoto, CEO. “There is about 7,000 more square feet in this building that we have the opportunity in the future, when the time comes, to expand even more and do even more. It’s just the beginning of hopefully an amazing chapter.”
The building was purchased in January by Mario and Jenna Gutierrez. According to Veronica Stumpf, broker for Stumpf and Company Real Estate, this is the first building on record to be purchased on Fulton since the street was restored in 2017. Gutierrez, who owns a business in Hollister specializing in doors, windows, hardware and molding for homes, said that he was attracted to Common Space by their work, saying that they were a tenant that he could be proud of.
“I know what it’s like to be a tenant as a business and I see in Justin that same taking care of the space the way an owner would — taking pride in it,” Gutierrez said. “That’s very important to me.”
Memberships for Common Space will start at $15 for students and seniors, $50 for common areas and $100 to have a dedicated desk. Office spaces are also available for lease starting at $350.