LinkedIn in Detroit announced today it has signed a lease in the historic Sanders building, owned by Bedrock and located at 1523 Woodward Ave. (north of Clifford St.). The new space will accommodate the team after it spent five months in a temporary space.
LinkedIn opened its first new office in the United States in 10 years in Detroit last August. In October, the company had 13 employees. Its local team has since grown to nearly 40 people.
The Sanders Building offers 74,500 square feet of space, which LinkedIn says will give it room to grow. It was unclear how much space the company will initially occupy. Renovations are underway, and the branch plans to move within the next year.
“LinkedIn knows more about the absolute importance of connectedness than anyone else, so it only made sense that they look to Detroit’s urban core for their next office,” says Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Bedrock. “LinkedIn’s move downtown is even more proof that Detroit’s tech scene is rapidly growing, bringing with it established companies and start-ups alike.
“In a very short time, the city has seen businesses including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Quicken Loans, StockX, Detroit Labs, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Duo, and dozens more leverage the amazing talent and energy Detroit has to offer.”
Since opening the temporary office, the branch has hosted events on professional branding, nonprofit engagement, and other workshops. Each LinkedIn office partners with a local nonprofit in an effort to close the opportunity gap in its local community. The Detroit location has partnered with the Midnight Golf Program to help local youth start their professional journeys.
The Sanders Building, designed by Albert Kahn, opened in 1912 as the Fisher Arcade. The first ground floor tenant was believed to be Dittrich Furs, followed by Tuttle & Clark, a purveyor of auto apparel and accessories in the 1930s. The Sanders Miller Corp. acquired the structure in 1948, where it offered chocolate, candy, baked goods, and ice cream on three floors, including a second-floor luncheon counter with 140 seats and a fountain.