The Platform, a Detroit-based developer, says the global office-sharing firm WeWork has signed a lease to become a tenant in the redeveloped historic 6001 Cass building in Detroit’s Tech Town neighborhood.
The New York-based WeWork will lease more than 91,000 square feet in the building, including part of the first floor and all of the second through fifth floors. It will be the company’s third location in Detroit. WeWork provides shared workspaces and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses, and large enterprises. It has more than 525 locations around the world in more than 110 cities.
The building, designed by legendary Detroit architect Albert Kahn, is located one block from TechTown Detroit, the city’s entrepreneurship hub and a partner in Detroit Urban Solutions, a technology innovation consortium that also includes NextEnergy and Wayne State University. It also will be a few blocks from the new Detroit Pistons Performance Center, which is comprised of the team’s practice facility and corporate headquarters, as well as the Henry Ford Health System’s Center for Athletic Medicine. The Platform also is the development manager on that project, which is opening this fall.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome WeWork to Tech Town and 6001 Cass,” says Ed Wizner, executive vice president of development for The Platform. “Its decision to join us here in the greater New Center area is further proof of the growing energy and momentum in this part of Detroit.”
The Platform closed on the purchase of 6001 Cass in June 2018. The 130,000-square-foot building was built in 1927 as the Cadillac Sales and Service Building and most recently housed Wayne State University’s criminal justice program. The Platform has been performing a complete rehabilitation of the historic building.
In May 2018, engineering and design services provider Tata Technologies announced that it would relocate its North American headquarters from suburban Novi to Detroit, leasing the top floor of 6001 Cass and bringing 150 jobs to Tech Town this fall. The building also will house a 6,000-square-foot gallery for WSU’s art collection, which will be open to the public.