Emmes Opens 30 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Downtown San Diego
707 Broadway offers charging stations for public use, no parking or charging fee for electric vehicles through August 31
San Diego CA— Taking your Electric Vehicle(EV) from North County to downtown San Diego has become a little more convenient as Emmes Realty Services unveils 30 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in its public parking garage at 707 Broadway (707) in downtown San Diego.
707 now offers the largest concentration of publicly-available EV chargers in San Diego and is conveniently located in close proximity to the East Village, Gaslamp District and B Street Corridor. To celebrate this important green initiative, Emmes is offering free parking and charging at 707 for electric vehicles through August 31, 2015.
“At 707, we’re focusing on innovation and creating a smart workplace for the future. With electric vehicles becoming more popular, we believe it is important to embrace this technology now,” said Jordan Johnson, vice president, Emmes. “Also, the addition of the EV charging stations ties in perfectly with our strong commitment to sustainability and providing our customers with the highest level of amenities available. So, come park and charge at 707!”
EV charging station availability and reservations are accessible via the ChargePoint app., which can be downloaded on any smart phone. Charging times are generally expected to be approximately two hours and the EV charging stations can be found on various levels throughout the parking garage. In addition to the EV charging stations, 707 offers secure indoor bike storage to support multiple green-oriented transportation options and appeal to locally based millennials.
“By 2020, 50 percent of the workforce will be in the millennial category and they expect amenities like EV charging stations from their employers,” said Kris Michell, president and CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership. “Emmes’ charging stations are especially important because they are open to the public. So people who travel to our vibrant downtown for work or play now have a place to charge their vehicle. It is exciting to have companies like Emmes help make our downtown greener.”
Emmes and its affiliates currently own and operate four high-rise office buildings in downtown San Diego totaling approximately 1.45 million square feet. These buildings include 1 Columbia Place, 2 Columbia Place, 701 B Street and 707 Broadway. Emmes recently completed a full lobby and terrace renovation at 1 Columbia Place (spending over $10 million on common area improvements alone) and is now focusing on making significant improvements and amenity additions at 701 B Street and 707 Broadway. In addition to the 30 EV charging stations at 707, Emmes is offering amenities like a tenant-only fitness center, a fully-outfitted game room, a customer service manager and a healthy vending micro-market that’s open 24/7 to service tenants’ food and beverage needs. Another exciting addition at 707 is Nosh Deli, a locally owned and operated deli that serves award winning sandwiches, gourmet salads and a delicious breakfast.
Johnson explains further, “We are excited about re-energizing 707 and being able to deliver premium services and amenities that appeal to an ever-more discerning workforce. In turn, this should help growing companies at 707 attract, engage and retain top talent. We are committed to further investing in San Diego to make 707, the Emmes Portfolio and downtown a better place for people to work, collaborate and grow.”