Late last year, news spread that the preservation-boosted Kelly Springfield office building hoped to bring more jobs to Capitol Hill and help spark more daytime activity in Pike/Pine would have one gargantuan tenant – global coworking powerhouse, WeWork.
With construction on the building nearly complete, the finishing touches being put on its restored but still representative auto row-era facade, and the streetscape and rainbows restored, the company’s newest Seattle office-space location is nearly ready to offer up its first “Hot desk.” When it does, want-to-be Pike/Pine workers will find five stories of dedicated WeWork space including “Light-filled lounges, modern conference rooms, and sleek private offices” and some of the rapidly growing companies newest features like the Made by We store.
“Ever since WeWork came to Seattle, we’ve been looking for the right space and opportunity to open in Capitol Hill and support the community there. With this location we’ve found the perfect opportunity to do just that,” Gina Phillips, WeWork general manager for the Northwest, said in a statement provided to CHS at the time.
“Situated at the juncture of Capitol Hill and Pike/Pine, our coworking space on 11th Ave is an energetic home for your company. Surrounded by bars, restaurants, and countless entertainment options, this vibrant workspace offers an oasis of productivity for teams of all sizes,” the WeWork pitch reads.
WeWork has said the focus for its new Capitol Hill location will be to serve small- and medium-sized businesses “To ensure they have access to workspace in one of the city’s most sought-after areas.”
The preservation-incentive boosted development WeWork now calls home has turned the old Capitol Hill Value Village – and before that, REI, and before that, the Kelly Springfield Motor Truck Company – into an office and retail complex in the heart of Pike/Pine.
Industry watchers will note the major new WeWork facility will also include some of the global company’s newest features.