Why in Emeryville?

Actually Emeryville was our second choice. We'd been rebuffed by the Richmond zoning staff. After finding what we thought be a perfect site and presenting our plan, a staffer told us that auto salvage places were an unsavory use which might potentially encourage crime(!). So we shifted our focus to Emeryville and found our place on Harlan St.. At that time ('78) there was practically nothing but industry (and the Townhouse Bar and Grill) in Emeryville. The planning commission approved our application for a use permit by unanimous decision. It was purely coincidental that the mayor at the time was a Porsche enthusiast.