Planning Commission unanimously approves plans for Uber offices in Mission Bay

Uber offices are heading to Mission Bay.

The Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved plans for Uber to construct two office buildings at 1455 Third St. and 1515 Third St. — totaling 422,980 gross square feet of office space, 3,000 gross square feet of retail space and a childcare center — while simultaneously praising the architect’s plans for buildings that will essentially “breathe.”

The façades of both structures, one planned for 160 feet tall and the other slated to be 90 feet tall, will be mainly composed of a “clear glazed curtain wall system” with mechanically-operated vents that “respond to climatic needs within the commons areas,” the staff report states.

“I think it’s a superior design,” Commission Vice President Dennis Richards said. “I think it’s going to raise the bar and be a great addition to the neighborhood.”

Commissioner Rich Hillis said, “Obviously a lot of thought has gone into the design of this project, and it shows.”

The undeveloped portions of Blocks 26 and 27 in Mission Bay mark some of the last remaining larger lots in the area, where UC San Francisco opened three new hospitals last year and the Warriors hope to build an arena that will open in 2019. The Giants are also planning a mixed-use development at nearby Mission Rock.

“I think we’re going to see a pretty interesting Mission Bay come about,” Patrick Valenino of the South Beach Mission Bay Merchants Association told the San Francisco Examiner. “Everybody who lives there wants to see more going on.”

Commissioners also noted the addition of ground-floor retail with the Uber offices will activate foot traffic on Third Street, which Commissioner Christine Johnson described as “a little bit of a desert.”

Uber is currently headquartered in a leased space at 1455 Market St. The ride-hail company plans to open Bay Area headquarters in Oakland as well as Mission Bay.
The Mission Bay offices are slated to open in 2019.

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