$49.5 million deal: Amazon buys big Dublin office building amid East Bay expansion

E-Commerce giant could employ hundreds at newly bought East Bay site

By GEORGE AVALOS | gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

PUBLISHED: April 1, 2020 at 7:35 a.m. | UPDATED: April 2, 2020 at 2:19 p.m.

DUBLIN — Amazon has bought a big Dublin office building where it could employ as many as 1,000 or more people, paying nearly $50 million in a deal that marks a dramatic new East Bay expansion for the tech titan.

Amazon.com Services purchased the Dublin office building, which is located at 5160 Hacienda Drive, paying $49.5 million in cash for the property, according to Alameda County property records reviewed by this news organization.

The office building, which totals 202,000 square feet, was bought on March 17, the county public files show.

“We are constantly exploring new locations and weighing a variety of factors when deciding where to develop sites to best serve customers,” said Brittany Parmley, an Amazon spokesperson. She added, “We don’t provide information on our future roadmap.”

Amazon’s purchase of the office building at the corner of Hacienda Drive and Gleason Drive marks a departure from the tech titan’s property activity in the East Bay.

In November, the e-commerce and video streaming behemoth leased a huge industrial building in Livermore at 400 Longfellow Court that totals 612,000 square feet.

“Amazon Logistics will open a new California Delivery Station, located in Livermore,” Amazon said in November in an email sent to this news organization. “The new station will power Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to speed up deliveries for customers in the Bay Area.”

In contrast to the company’s other efforts, Amazon has now bought an East Bay building, rather than leasing space.

In Sunnyvale, using a series of leasing agreements, Amazon occupies more than 1 million square feet of offices where the company has enough space for 5,000 workers.

In the East Bay, Amazon could potentially employ 1,000 or more at the Dublin office building it purchased.

“Silicon Valley is spreading from west to east,” said Edward Del Beccaro, an executive vice president with TRI Commercial/CORFAC International, a commercial real estate.

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