December, 2014 Spanner Celebrates Grand Opening in Historic Building Downtown #sjdowntown Spanner Product Development will open its doors this month in the historic Wilcox Block, which was built in 1867 in Downtown San Jose. Spanner is a mechanical engineering product development consultancy firm that primarily works on consumer electronics. They leased 5,500 sq ft at 15 W. San Fernando Street and specialize in high-end consumer electronics. According to Mark Richie of Richie Commercial and one of three owners in the Wilcox Block, “These kinds of companies coming down here are very, very significant.” LPA Inc., an architecture firm that recently moved Downtown, is working with Spanner on the interior. According to Giles Lowe, co-founder and CEO of Spanner, “Having the urban feel and being in the hub is really important for us.” Lowe liked that the office was close to employees’ homes and allowed Spanner to expand its service offerings, such as providing a larger workshop space that will let it do same-day prototyping on 3D printers. Welcome Downtown, Spanner! For more information, click here, or contact Lee Wilcox, Downtown Manager. December, 2014 Whole Foods Market New Alameda Store Brings 150 Jobs Downtown #sjdowntown A new 35,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market (WFM) store will open December 9th on The Alameda (at Stockton) in Downtown San Jose bringing more than 150 new jobs Downtown. The store is home to WFM California’s first in-store microbrewery and tap room. The two-story, 5,600 square-foot brewery building, which is a separate building from the grocery store, will also house a coffee and fresh juice venue, as well as offering seating and a restaurant-style menu. Fifteen taps will offer seasonal and local brews and is one of the company’s most environmentally efficient stores with an onsite Combined Heat and Power plant, reducing the store’s dependence on the public grid by 90 percent. It is also one of few grocery stores nationally to use approximately 100% natural refrigerants relying on a state-of-the-art CO2 refrigeration system. According to Store Team Leader Jeff Giardinelli, “We are hoping folks will stop by for a beer or a pizza. We’ve got plenty of space and are looking forward to serving this community.” To read more, click here, or contact Cara Douglas, Senior Business Communications Manager. December, 2014 Legacy on 101 Breaks Ground in North San Jose #northsj Legacy Partners recently broke ground on Legacy on 101–a 16.5 acre site in North San Jose. The site is accessible and visible from Highways 101 and 87. Phase I has been permitted to construct two 199,175 sq ft, six-story Class A office buildings. Additional phasing opportunities exist to accommodate a total of ±850,000 sq ft. “North San Jose is an area of growth and opportunity for businesses of all sizes,” said Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager for San Jose’s Office of Economic Development. “Our team of talented professionals are here to help Legacy Partners and others secure tenants for their properties.” “You’d have to fact-check me,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “But I’m pretty sure this is the first spec building in North San Jose in the last decade.” Cassidy Turley commented that the vacancy in North San Jose’s Research and Development market was 12.5% in the third quarter of 2014, down from 19.6% three years prior. For more information, contact Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager, or click here. November, 2014 DataWise Systems Signas Lease Increasing Tech Presence Downtown to 100+ Companies #sjdowntown DataWise Systems, Inc., a Silicon Valley tech startup, is moving Downtown. The company recently leased approximately 10,000 SQFT at 111 N. Market Street in Downtown San Jose. According to Sushma Malhotra, Founding Principal of S5 Advisory, Inc., who represented Datawise in the leasing transaction, “Datawise had very specific requirements about their office space needs. We started out looking at the entire corridor from Palo Alto to San Jose. They wanted close proximity to Caltrain and near a downtown with expansion capability, with price also being an element. Four things finally attracted Datawise to their new Downtown office space: access to transit, urban amenities, real estate costs, and a responsive city government.” Jeff Chou, CEO and Founder of Datawise noted, “Downtown San Jose provides a great environment in a high-tech friendly city. San Jose’s welcoming city staff and building management team, the energetic vibe with lots of restaurants, cafes and amenities, and easy access to public transportation make it an ideal location to build a company.” In 2014, tech companies Downtown have increased from 80 to more than 100. Welcome Downtown, DataWise! For more information, contact Tina Kapoor, Downtown Coordinator.