Uber CloudKitchens, co-founder of Uber, powers downtown San Jose – Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE – A company controlled by Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has proposed a renovation of a historic building in downtown San Jose that will transform the property into a location that can accommodate dozens of small commercial kitchens.

In 2018, a Kalanick-owned real estate company paid $ 7.3 million for the historic building, located between 82 and 92 E. Santa Clara St. The real estate company is called City Storage Systems.

Goldman Sachs Bank provided $ 100 million to fund City Storage Systems, the Kalanick-led group that purchased the prominent building on East Santa Clara Street and South Third Street. The loan was made available at the time of the property purchase.

Now the Kalanick Group is driving efforts to dramatically change the use of the building to turn it into a location for CloudKitchens, a company that Kalanick runs.

The changes include changes to the storefronts on the first floor, the installation of new exit doors, minor changes to existing building entrances along East Santa Clara Street and South Third Street, and changes to the signs.

“The proposed changes would include CloudKitchens, a startup that provides shared commercial kitchen space for restaurants and cooks who do delivery-only,” according to a report from the city of San Jose.

Over the decades the property has been a boxing hall, an odd fellow hall, and a furniture store. Now it is ready to be the location of a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen company.

“25 small commercial kitchens would be installed on the first floor and offices would occupy the second and third floors,” the city staff report said.

The original Odd Fellows building at this address was built around 1885, San Jose officials said.

Proposed Downtown Food Hall sign for a historic building at 82-96 E. Santa Clara St. in downtown San Jose, concept. // //

“The building is of particular historical architectural aesthetic value and interest and represents commercial design in the Italian style of the mid-19th century,” said the city report.

Work on the building, which totals 38,600 square feet, would be carried out in the basement and on all three floors of the property, according to a plan submitted by the owner. The existing building is actually a collection of two original buildings.

In addition, a significant amount of work would be done on the outside of the building.

“The project suggests keeping and re-upholstering the existing awnings and partially re-labeling the existing signage that runs horizontally over the storefronts on East Santa Clara Street and South Third Street,” said the employee’s report the city.

A large new sign on the building along East Santa Clara Street would read “San Jose’s Downtown Food Hall” according to the project plans.

“The Cloud Kitchens concept cleverly reuses this historic building,” said Bob Staedler, managing director of Silicon Valley Synergy, a land use consultancy. “Modern use with code changes is not easy to do well.”

Real estate experts say the Kalanick-run real estate company has bought other properties across the country.

The building in downtown San Jose, owned by the Kalanick Group, has been vacant for years since the furniture store shut down.

“It’s great to see the investment in a historic building in downtown San Jose,” said Staedler.

Historic downtown San Jose building at 82-96 E. Santa Clara St. that was purchased in 2018 by a company led by Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick. // //

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