SAN MATEO, CA-The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo will as of next week have new offices with a unique history.

Formerly located in Redwood City, Calif., the nonprofit organization is moving to new offices in San Mateo – at an old motorcycle dealership. The Society has signed a 16-year lease on the E. Fifth Avenue location.

The region’s super-tight and expensive rental market pushed the group to buy the former Kawasaki dealership this spring, paying $800,000 for the space and an additional $300,000 in renovations. The group put in losing bids on 20 other properties before landing the new space.

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