Microsoft moving their Michigan office from the suburb of Southfield to Detroit is a real thing.
Joining a wave of companies moving their suburban presences to the city and national companies opening stores downtown, tech giant Microsoft announced today that the company will move its Michigan Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) to downtown Detroit early next year. This had been rumored for awhile now.
They will occupy more than 40,000 square feet in Bedrock’s One Campus Martius building, originally built to house Compuware. Gilbert and Meridian Health bought it for $142 million in 2014.
“Microsoft, like many tech companies in Detroit and around the country, recognizes that being located downtown is great for business. Today’s tech talent wants to work and live in urban cores,” said Dan Gilbert in a statement. “Not only will the Microsoft Technology Center provide a much-needed resource for Detroit-based businesses, its presence will also connect Detroiters with a wider global network. This is another great example of an innovative, global business moving downtown and further evidence that Detroit is quickly becoming one of the technology centers of the country.”
It’s not known exactly how many employees will move downtown, but that amount of square feet generally houses about 200 to 250 employees.
“We are strongly committed to Detroit’s thriving technology hub by providing resources and experienced team members to help your team find solutions to its technology challenges,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, U.S. Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft. “By providing a customer-facing center dedicated to the business community, we’re also supporting Detroit’s continuing revitalization.”