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Where should Google land in downtown Detroit?

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Big news yesterday as Google has decided to ditch their suburban Birmingham offices for new digs in downtown Detroit. We only know a few key details about this move so far:

  • They’re currently in 17,000 square feet of space and they’d like to find 35,000
  • They have about 100 staff, but they say they’ll add more
  • This office is focused on automotive advertising

We don’t have a timeline or an idea of how many more staff they might need. But hey, another tech-based workforce is moving into the downtown area. It’s exciting!

We’ve been so focused on the massive amount of office space that Amazon may need, if they choose to move their HQ2 here, that this almost seems like an easy find. But as Dan Gilbert said late last year, office space is running out in downtown Detroit.

What might be available in a somewhat reasonable timeline? The Old Wayne County Building comes to mind. The David Stott Building is currently undergoing restoration and should be ready next year. One Campus Martius is getting a large addition in the coming years as well. Or is there another building that could just use some sprucing up? Let us know what you think of the move and the potential locations this Google satellite office could call home.