A rendering of SuperBlock@I.D.E.A. District | Courtesy a representative of Navarra Properties

Navarra Reveals Plans for 550,000-SF Office Development

Carrie Rossenfeld Office

Navarra Properties has revealed plans for a SuperBlock@I.D.E.A. District, a multi-phase development on an approximately 2.75-acre site bounded by E, F, 14th, and 15th streets in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, according to a release from a representative of the developer. The release says the project will be managed by a joint venture between Lowe and David Malmuth Development, and leasing will be handled by the San Diego and San Francisco offices of Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), with the San Diego office of BNIM as the project’s architect.

According to the statement, Phase 1 of the project features the Warehouse, a 100,000-rentable-square-foot conversion of two former Jerome’s warehouses into creative-office space. Phase 2 will focus on a 450,000-rentable-square-foot, 17-story contemporary office building. Already completed on the block is the conversion of the former Coliseum Building into Punch Bowl Social, a vibrant 24,000-square-foot, multi-entertainment complex, which features a restaurant, social games, and the 360 bar, the release says.

The source reports that The Warehouse, set to be located on the north side of F Street, will deliver repurposed industrial space with abundant light and two open approximately 50,000-square-foot floorplates with multiple indoor/outdoor amenities. It also says the interiors can be tailored to the user’s specific requirements and completed within 12 months from lease execution.

The statement says SuperBlock is designed to attract larger tech businesses “that desire an authentic space with maximum flexibility, but also require future expansion space, which can be accommodated in the adjacent tower.”

Mark Navarra, President of Navarra Properties, is quoted in the statement as saying, “We are confident the combination of San Diego’s deep talent pool, coupled with an unbeatable quality of life, will draw major tech companies to SuperBlock@I.D.E.A. District.” He cites nearby tenants already in the I.D.E.A. district, including Fuse Integration, Seer Interactive, and Basic, and says SuperBlock tenants will be able to synergize with these tenants’ energy. “Further, the dynamism is growing with the completion of Punch Bowl Social, 10 Barrel, Block D, IDEA1 and Broadstone Makers Quarter, creating an incredible ecosystem.”

According to the release, the second phase of the development, the Tower, will offer floorplates ranging from 22,000 to 32,000 square feet and minimum 12-foot ceiling heights; delivery of the building will require three years from lease execution.

Matthew Porreca, Principal at BNIM Architects, is quoted in the release as saying, “The concept for the Tower is to take the traditional suburban tech campus and make it urban, providing the same kind of outdoor amenities, but in a vertical fashion, so that you have a series of beautiful sky gardens connected to the buildings with expansive views of the bay.” He adds that the Tower “allows the user to design an environment that enables their employees to connect and collaborate.”

Mike McNerney, EVP at Lowe, says in the release, “Over the next two years we’ll see the completion of the first phase of the East Village Green — across the street from the Warehouse — and UC San Diego Urban, the Downtown campus of this world-class research institution, three blocks away.” He adds that the residential, restaurant, and cultural attractions nearby will help SuperBlock attract and retain “the best talent.”

C&W’s Derek Hulse and Philip Roberts will handle the leasing for the SuperBlock, the source reports. Hulse is quoted as saying, “There is strong demand among tenants for incredibly unique and efficient office space within our urban core. San Diego lacks a supply of older warehouses that are typically ideal for this type of creative conversion, so to have the opportunity to deliver this type of product to the market on two full city blocks is unprecedented.”