Last month, we learned that Microsoft was reportedly ready to move its Southfield, Michigan staff in downtown Detroit. The official announcement was made today by Bedrock Real Estate Services CEO Jim Ketai at One Campus Martius, a building owned in part by founding partner Dan Gilbert (via Fox 2). Microsoft will move its 50,000 square foot offices to the building, displacing a part of the Quicken Loans team from its headquarters along the way, explained Gilbert.
The news is a pretty big deal for the Motor City, which saw many business moving out due to the economic recession over the past few years. A previous report from Detroit Free press explained that Microsoft may be wanting to move to the heart of Detroit to pursue development on its connected car platform, which was demonstrated back at CES 2017.
During the news conference this morning, business magnate Dan Gilbert shared his enthusiasm for Detroit becoming one of the biggest worldwide tech hubs in the next 15 years. According to Fox 2, the Microsoft Technology Center in Southfield will also follow Microsoft’s staff downtown.Further reading: Detroit, Microsoft, Technology Center