Category: tech real estate (2)

Google’s Medical Technology Division, Verily, Subleases Large Office Campus in South San Francisco

Source: CoStar
By: Steve Wells
Date Posted: March 9, 2016

Verily, formerly called Google Life Sciences, has subleased 407,000 square feet from Amgen to establish a separate headquarters in South San Francisco for the new Google division, which is gearing up to provide pioneering technology for medical research and devices.

Verily will occupy the former Onyx Pharmaceuticals office campus consisting of three Class A office buildings located at 249, 259, and 269 E. Grand Ave.

249 E Grand

The planned move 30 miles north from Google’s Mountain View, CA, headquarters, will place the new firm within a global hub for the biotech industry. It also takes a big chunk of the nearly 700,000 square feet of excess space Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) is seeking to sublet in the area. Amgen closed its Onyx Pharmaceuticals subsidiary last year after acquiring the cancer drug developer in 2013 for $9.7 billion.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., (NYSE: ARE), a real estate investment trust that focuses on science and technology campuses in urban locations, owns the three buildings. The recently developed campus also has two land parcels representing nearly 400,000 square feet of potential expansion space.

An initial 400 Verily employees are expected to relocate to the new campus by the end of this year with the expectation that the total number at the location could grow to as many as 1,000 through future expansions.

“We are honored that Verily has chosen to expand into one of Alexandria’s world-class collaborative science and technology campuses,” said Stephen A. Richardson, chief operating officer and San Francisco regional market director of Alexandria. “Through our long-term relationship with Google, which dates back to 1998, we have been able to provide Verily with highly curated, innovative and integrated campus solution, which will help support its mission to use technology to better understand health, as well as prevent, detect and manage disease.”

Google Office Campus Sublease in SSF

Source: San Francisco Business Times
By: Cory Weinberg
Dated Posted: December 10, 2015

An acre of warehouses, sheds and gravel bunkers near the base of Potrero Hill could become home to San Francisco’s next hub of “maker” and tech office space, according to city filings.

The San Francisco Gravel Co. is in early talks with the Planning Department about whether its sprawling South of Market property at 552 Berry St. would qualify for the city’s 2014 legislation incentivizing the new construction of manufacturing space by allowing more lucrative offices on underutilized land.

It would be the second project to take advantage of the legislation now that Kilroy Realty Corp. is starting to develop 100 Hooper nearby with two-thirds slated for office use and one-third for “production, distribution and repair.” That’s a zoning designation reserved in part for manufacturing and light industrial companies that typically can’t afford high rents.

The Berry Street property is zoned for PDR and could not see offices rise on the site without the 2014 legislation.

552 Berry Street

“Based on an investigation of the property’s permit history and informal interpretation by the Planning Department staff, this property does indeed qualify under the criteria for the legislation. Further, it meets the purposes of the legislation in that SF Gravel Company had a very low employment density,” according to a letter to the city penned by consultant Badiner Urban Planning.

The gravel company, which has inhabited the property for nearly a century, also has tapped developer SKS Investments to study the site, according to the “zoning determination” letter sent to the Planning Department. It’s unclear how large the development would be if proposed.

SKS is accustomed to turning former industrial spaces into tech office beacons. The San Francisco-based company recently redeveloped the historic McClintock building – formerly used to manufacture dresses – and leased it up to biotech firm Invitae for laboratory use. It also transformed the former jewelry at 888 Brannan St. into office space for Airbnb.

Dan Kingsley, a managing partner for SKS, said “our plans are not firm” and declined to comment further.

San Francisco’s South of Market area could begin to see several office developments attached to new manufacturing spaces. Not only is Kilroy building a major property, but the city is planning to require some PDR in new large office developments under next year’s Central SoMa rezoning plan.

Until now, new PDR space has typically been economically infeasible to develop because of the law rents it generates. However, the 2014 legislation permitting office development to help fund PDR space is starting to change that.

In addition, the city has seen the rise of manufacturing companies with venture capital backing – creating a class divide with more typical ‘makers.’ That trend has concerned the like of SF Made, the influential advocacy group that will develop ‘maker’ space at 100 Hooper.

Link to article: Maker Hub coming to Potrero Hill