It appears that Pier 38, Automattic’s official office space since 2009 (and home to a handful of other tech companies like Dogpatch Labs and True Ventures) has been deemed “unsafe” by the San Francisco Port Authority. After much negotiation between the tenants and the Port Authority, all tenants at Pier 38 must vacate the space by September 30.
Automattic’s office space is certainly not a traditional office space; the company is entirely distributed and uses the location primarily for meetings and events.
Moving locations isn’t much fun, particularly when the location holds as much history in the tech field as this one does. That said, it sounds like in this case the city is looking out for the safety of the occupants more than anything else.
There’s no word yet on where Automattic or the other companies will be relocating to, but we’ll keep you updated.