Planning Application Filed with City of San Francisco Reveals Details About Amazon’s $125MM Warehouse

Amazon, MG2, San Francisco, 900 7th Street, Recology,
Courtesy of MG2

By Meghan Hall

Amazon has finally filed plans for a last-mile distribution warehouse in San Francisco, shedding new light on the $125 million project. According to documents filed with the City, the project team would construct a new production, distribution and repair (PDR) facility that would rise four levels, replacing a site long-used by waste management company Recology.

Located at 900 Seventh Street, the property totals 5.9 acres and sits at the confluence of San Francisco’s South of Market, Mission Bay and Potrero Hill neighborhoods. The site is currently developed with an office and two portable storage structures for fleet maintenance. The existing structures–which total about 36,500 square feet–will be demolished to make way for Amazon’s newest project.

The latest plans show that the new building will total 650,000 square feet. Of that square footage, 647,500 square feet will be used for parcel delivery uses. 17,400 square feet will be for offices, and another 2,500 square feet will be allocated for ground floor retail space. Adjacent to the planned retail at the corner of 7th and Berry streets will be 13,700 square feet of publicly accessible open space.

Level one of the building will total 220,000 square feet and contain an enclosed delivery. Levels two and three, totaling 206,500 square feet and 223,000 square feet, respectively, will be used as garage and parking facilities, along with queuing areas for vehicles. Level four will have 395 parking stalls, solar panels and green roof facilities. 

MG2 has been tasked by Amazon to design the project. As of this writing, MG2 had not yet returned The Registry’s request for comment.

Amazon originally acquired the property for $200 million, according to previous reporting by The Registry. Prior to the deal, Recology had owned the site for nearly 50 years. Details about Amazon’s plans for the site have been long awaited, as the deal for the site originally closed at the end of 2020.

If approved, construction is expected to last 13 months. The development will be Amazon’s first in San Francisco and is expected to bring several hundred jobs to the city. The newest plans are a departure from an $850 million project set in motion in 2018 to construct a mixed-use development on the site. Those plans—pitched by Recology— were set to include as many as 500 residential units, between 550,000 and 626,000 square feet of office space and ground floor retail. Between 200,000 square feet and 312,500 square feet of PDR uses were also planned for the property. At the time of Rheology’s original proposal, the City expressed resistance to the project, stating it would not support amendments to planning codes to allow for residential uses on the site, which was zoned in an effort to preserve PDR space.

Amazon has been growing steadily in recent months, and is pursuing development in a number of different markets. At the end of December, Amazon also purchased land in Gilroy for $31.2 million. The acreage is located at 1445 Pacheco Pass Highway and is known as Rancho San Ysidro. An executive listing summary obtained by The Registry shows that the land totals 60 acres. It was originally on the market for $26.136 million, or about $435,600 per acre.

In September of 2021, the firm also acquired undeveloped land in Pleasanton, Calif., for $75 million; Amazon plans to construct between 201,000 square feet to 520,000 square feet at the site. The project could operate either as a sorting station or delivery station.

Amazon has announced plans to 125,000 employees throughout the United States as it expands its logistics footprint, according to a fall statement from the company. The company also plans to hire 40,000 corporate and tech-oriented jobs. Over the course of the year, Amazon opened 250 new fulfillment centers, sortation hubs, regions air hubs and delivery stations. In September of 2021, it opened 100 new buildings alone and has hired more than 450,000 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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