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.
WeWork representatives haven’t responded to our inquiries about opening plans but the new facility is accepting sign-ups for tours and workspaces. Last year, the company said to expect workers to arrive “by late summer.”
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“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. “And while others might shy away from landmark buildings, WeWork cherishes these historic spaces where preservation constraints drive beautiful and creative outcomes that respect the past while building for the future.”
Current pricing for the 11th Ave WeWork only lists the so-called “hot desk” concept — “Access to open workspace in the common area. Bring your laptop, pick a spot, and get to work.” — which will begin at $390 a month, according to the signup site.
“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.
Some of the ad copy is… a little off. “Commuting is simple with the Light Rail at Broadway and E Pine St, plus several buses nearby,” they write. They also promise “Pronto Bike Sharing” only 0.6 miles away.
And some is, of course, unintentionally funny. “After work, explore the dynamic culinary scene on Broadway, or head to Cal Anderson Park for a breath of fresh air,” the earnest copy for the new WeWork location in “this diverse, cultural, and business savvy pocket of Seattle,” 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. The landmarked structure neighbors another — the White Motor Company next door where media company The Stranger and The Rhino Room continue to reside.
WeWork joins a neighborhood with a busy cafe “desk jockey” culture and longtime dedicated coworking spaces. Boylston’s Office Nomads debuted more than a decade ago, doubled in size five years later, and has now focused back down to its original footprint as the number of available desks in other buildings in the neighborhood has increased.
In addition to cool neighbors at The Stranger and the Rhino Room, WeWork customers will enjoy a wide range off office amenities:
Industry watchers will note the major new WeWork facility will also include some of the global company’s newest features. WeWorkers will be invited to “sell products or art” at the Made by We retail space on the development’s ground floor.
WeWork, meanwhile, isn’t the only big player in the new economy to be on CHS’s watchlist as summer approaches. On E Pike, work continues on a coming Amazon grocery store.
WeWork is set to open “soon” at 1525 11th Ave. You can learn more at wework.com.