Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

SAN FRANCISCO-Local baseball fan Gabriel Avila plans to build a Hispanic baseball museum in San Francisco and is eyeing the empty space surrounding Pacific Bell Park as a potential site.

Avila’s Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum would include a baseball Hall of Fame, exhibition and meeting space and a small retail center. Avila is looking for a long-term lease of up to 50,000-sf in the South Beach area.

The museum plan will be supported by retired Latino ballplayers, including Juan Marichal and Tito Fuentes. The Giants baseball team also shown its support by donating bats, jerseys and other baseball memorabilia for museum fund-raising auctions.

The museum building itself is still in the planning stages while the money is raised for construction. Corporate sponsors, individuals, and fund raising activities have made donations. Once built, the museum plans to sustain itself through the sale of museum artifacts, merchandising on the Internet, entrance fees, snack bar and concession stands, memberships and auctions.

Avila is trying to keep development costs at a minimum by looking for space in highly vacant areas, such as South Beach, which is home to Pacific Bell Park. Rents in South Beach currently range from $13 per sf to $26 per sf.

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum was established in 1999 by Avila as a nonprofit organization in San Francisco.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 3 free articles* across the ALM subscription network every 30 days
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Dig Deeper


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.