LinkedIn has signed a lease on the historic Sanders building at 1523 Woodward Ave.
Renovations are underway and it expects to move in next year. The Sanders building is owned by Bedrock, which purchased it in 2016.
Last August LinkedIn opened its first U.S. office in 10 years in Detroit in a temporary space. In October, it had 13 employees on board. Five months the team had grown to nearly 40 employees.
“With 74,500 square feet of space, the Sanders building gives us room for future growth and the opportunity to become part of the lower Woodward corridor community in the heart of downtown,” the company says.
LinkedIn is hiring and looking for motivated candidates in the Detroit area. You can check out the open roles here.
“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,” says Dan Gilbert, Bedrock founder and chairman. “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.”
UBS was to move into the sixth floor of the Sanders building. As a show of support for downtown Detroit and the influx of technology businesses in the city, it agreed to relocate its office to 1201 and 1217 Woodward to make room for LinkedIn, Bedrock says.
Last year LinkedIn said it chose Detroit because it believes it offered an opportunity to hire top talent and be a part of an exciting economic turnaround story.
“Our growing Detroit team is passionate about creating economic opportunity,” the company says. “Since opening our temporary office in October, we’ve committed to making a positive impact in the community and have hosted numerous events on topics including professional branding, non-profit engagement, and LinkedIn workshops.”
LinkedIn is now working with the Midnight Golf Program (MGP) to help local youth get a strong start on their professional journeys. That program uses learning golf as way to mentor underserved young people and give them the skills they need to transition move from high school to college and into a professional career.