Amazon officially announced today it will take over all of the future office space within The Post, the redevelopment of the former Canada Post building in downtown Vancouver.
The company will lease 18 floors in the new office towers that are being built over the heritage podium of the complex, including 18 floors in the North Tower and 17 floors in the South Tower.
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Altogether, Amazon will lease 1.1 million sq. ft. of office space that is being built within and on top of the former industrial building. It will be The Post’s sole corporate tenant.
The Post will not only be the largest Amazon office location in downtown Vancouver, but also the single largest office building in the city centre.
Currently, Amazon has over 2,700 full-time, office-based employees in Vancouver. They had previously announced a growth target of 5,000 tech jobs in Vancouver by 2022, and the additional space at The Post will grow the employment in the city by 3,000 to a total of 8,000 jobs.
In 2018, the company initially announced it will lease 416,000 sq. ft. of office space for 3,000 jobs at The Post. This brings the total Amazon employment within The Post alone to about 6,000 jobs.
A spokesperson with Amazon previously stated some of the jobs slated for the cancelled HQ2 in New York City will be redistributed across its existing tech hubs in North America, including Vancouver, San Francisco, and Boston.
“The City of Vancouver is so excited to see Amazon creating an additional 3,000 well-paying jobs for people who want to work and live in our city,” said Kennedy Stewart, mayor of Vancouver, in a statement in response.
“The fact that Amazon is doubling-down on our local economy highlights the strength of our tech sector and shows that Vancouver is where companies want to establish themselves and grow.”
The Post, currently under construction, is scheduled to reach completion in 2023. Construction at the redevelopment reached a major milestone late this summer, with new office plates for the South Tower emerging on top of the heritage podium.
The redevelopment by QuadReal Property Group also incorporates 185,000 sq. ft. of retail, food hall, and restaurant space. A 50,000-sq-ft Loblaws City Market flagship grocery store will be one of the retail anchors.
This past summer, Oxford Properties completed its 402 Dunsmuir Street office building — just across the street from The Post. This nine-storey building with 152,000 sq. ft. of office space will house 1,000 Amazon jobs.
Amazon offices in downtown Vancouver
TELUS Garden (510 West Georgia Street): Existing; completed in 2015. Amazon space: 91,000 sq. ft.
The Exchange (475 Howe Street): Amazon space: 100,000 sq. ft.
402 Dunsmuir Street: Completed in Summer 2020. Amazon space: 150,000 sq. ft.
Canada Post redevelopment (349 West Georgia Street): Future; reaching completion in 2023. Amazon space: 1.1 million sq. ft.