Historic Sinsheimer Bros. building gets retrofitted

A seismic retrofit of the historic Sinsheimer Bros. building at 849 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo is under way.

The building is being strengthened with concrete and steel “to make sure the building is there for another 135 years, and more importantly, to make sure that the occupants and passersby are not injured,” Warren Sinsheimer said.

The two-story building, built in 1884 and owned by the Sinsheimer family, has long offered retail space downstairs and office space upstairs. Country Classics filled the space from 1990 to 2008. A second building, located behind the main storefront and separated by a parking area, was historically used as a warehouse.

That building is also being retrofitted and will be marketed as an office space. The parking area between the two buildings is being converted into a courtyard with a sitting area. Fire sprinklers are also being added to the building.

Sinsheimer, who declined to say how much the retrofit work costs, said the building should be ready for occupancy in about six months.