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More on Looker moving into the Rittenhouse Building

[Editor’s note: Santa Cruz Tech Beat published A New Lookout for Looker on June 13 about the company’s move into The Rittenhouse Building. The Sentinel follows up with more details in this article below.]

by Jondi Gumz
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Rittenhouse Building in Santa Cruz signs Looker as tenant

Looker, fast-growing tech startup in big data, aims to move in by Oct. 1

Looker will move into the Rittenhouse building with 60 employees in the fall. (photo credit: Dan Coyro)

Looker will move into the Rittenhouse building with 60 employees in the fall. (photo credit: Dan Coyro)

Tech startup Looker has become the first tenant at the E.C. Rittenhouse Building, which has sat empty for six years in downtown Santa Cruz after the economic crash.

“We’ll be able to grow nicely there,” said Frank Bien, Looker’s chief executive officer, interviewed Monday with Looker co-founder Lloyd Tabb in their office at 877 Cedar St., a block from their new digs, a four-story edifice comprising 62,000 square feet. “Our goal is to buld a long-standing tech company in Santa Cruz.”

Building owner Louis Rittenhouse was not available to comment Monday.

“This is a big win for downtown,” said Bonnie Lipscomb, economic development director for the city, calling office use “a vital component” for downtown sustainability. “The Rittenhouse Building is a beautiful part of the Pacific Avenue landscape and we are so pleased to welcome Looker to their new home.”

Bien expects the move will take place by Oct. 1.

Tenant improvement plans were submitted last week, and Lipscomb expects the project to move forward smoothly.

The 3-year-old startup in the Cruzio-Ecology Action building, formerly home to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, has run out of space.

The new location will offer the same high-speed connectivity as Cruzio, which installed fiber optic line two years ago.

Bien said the lease for the fourth floor is for five years with an option for the third floor. He did not disclose the lease rate.

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