Uber doubles down on downtown Miami

Uber is joining the tech companies planting stakes and expanding in downtown Miami.

The ride-hailing giant announced today it will be expanding its Miami footprint and leasing a 13,000-square-foot office at 3 MiamiCentral, a new Class A office tower in a mixed-use development located near the Brightline station, the Metrorail and Metromover. Its relocation to 3 MiamiCentral is planned for early next year.

“MiamiCentral was an easy choice for Uber. With access to multi-modal transit, including the new Brightline inter-city express train that connects Southeast Florida, running through the building and the way our app integrates multiple mobility options into the user experience, the location is a natural fit,” said Javier Correoso, Senior Manager of Public Affairs.

Correoso told the Miami Herald the new space will accommodate about 70 employees, up from 40 now. Uber’s office acts as one of its hubs for the LatAm operations and also handles delivery operations locally. “We are committed to Miami and pleased to snag a spot in the downtown area’s emerging connectivity hub,” he said.

Uber, which has had a presence in the city since 2014, is one of a number of companies that have announced relations or expansions in downtown Miami, led off by Blackstone Group that said it would be adding 200 high-paying tech jobs at its Miami hub.

“When Uber thought about its future, it thought about Miami. After acquiring Postmates last year, and a recent announcement to acquire LatAm delivery [startup] Cornershop, it became clear that a Miami expansion would make sense. Their office will allow them to be closer to major investors, house senior leadership, and create dozens of high-paying local jobs for a robust talent pool,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, in a statement.

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Nancy Dahlberg