Uber Buys Space Near New Warriors Arena, Cuts Oakland Move By 90%

The former Sears building in Uptown Oakland. (Photo: Scott Morris/Hoodline)
By Scott Morris - Published on March 20, 2017.

Ride-hailing service Uber was set to move as many as 3,000 employees into a former Uptown department store, but after buying space in two buildings under construction near the new Warriors arena in San Francisco, that number could be closer to 200 workers, reports The San Francisco Business Times.

Uber has purchased a stake in two buildings at Chase Center, where the Warriors will begin playing in 2019. According to the Business Times, Uber plans to occupy at least half of the site's 580,000 square feet of office space, and could expand to fill both buildings.


Uber is also constructing a 423,000-square-foot headquarters in San Francisco only a block away from the Warriors arena and is planning to move in there in the fall of 2019. Company officials said the space near Chase Center will be an expansion of that headquarters.

Uber purchased the former Sears Building at 1955 Broadway in Uptown Oakland in 2015 and originally intended to move in between 2,000 and 3,000 workers, which would have made it one of the city's top employers. The company has a workforce of 6,700 in its corporate offices, in addition to thousands of drivers.

An Uber representative told Hoodline today that the plan is now to grow into the Oakland space, but that the company remains committed to Oakland and is doing outreach in the city. Uber plans to begin moving employees to Oakland in 2018.

Construction underway at the former Sears building in Oakland.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement today that she learned of Uber’s reduced plans in Oakland a few weeks ago.

“Over the past two years, Oakland has enjoyed a net gain in new businesses — both small and large — and several large-scale employers have announced plans to move to Oakland,” Schaaf said. “This has had an impact on the development of new office space which is needed given that a low commercial vacancy rate is contributing to rapidly rising office rents in Oakland.”

She continued, “Uber’s sole decision to initially open its Oakland offices with fewer employees than originally planned does not negate the fact this prime office location will be put back into full use and made available for rent to other businesses and non-profits, in addition to the presence that Uber will have there.”

Dubbed “Uptown Station,” it has been draped in a tarp for renovations since shortly after the purchase and was scheduled to open sometime this year.

Nov 20, 2020

The BlaQ ArTed Short Film Fest set to debut in Oakland this weekend

The inaugural BlaQ ArTed Shortfilm Festival kicks off this Sunday with an opening night drive-in event at Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center. Hosted by The East Bay Queer Healing Arts Center, the festival highlights the work of nine emerging youth filmmakers from the East Bay. Read More

Nov 12, 2020

Donut Savant opens new location in East Oakland — with long lines and salted maple cronuts in tow

After shuttering its downtown Oakland location last October, Donut Savant debuted its new East Oakland store today to large, socially distant crowds. Read More

Oct 29, 2020

Magnolia Street Wine Lounge and Kitchen opens Friday in West Oakland with Asian comfort foods and affordable prices

During a time of endless restaurant closures, East Bay Chef Leilani Baugh has managed to ascend the odds and will hold the grand opening of her new West Oakland restaurant, Magnolia Street Wine Lounge and Kitchen, this Friday, featuring well-priced “Casian-Creole” cuisine. Read More

Oct 28, 2020

New Burma Superstar spin-off opens on Telegraph Ave., with DoorDash as an investor

The delivery-and-take-out only Burma Bites opened today, delivery app DoorDash is a surprise investor. Read More