Google,the internet giant with thousands of employees spanning across the globe,has announced a plan for next fall which would see the company expand its downtown Chicago footprint with a new West Loop office in Fulton Market. Google will be leasing 6 floors of a new 12-story building that was originally designed to be a “vendor village” for companies working at McDonalds.
Located near many corporate housing buildings,Google’s new office will be near buildings like Linea Apartments and other short-term rental buildings. The 1,000 new employees Google plans to hire to fill out the space will have plenty of options for housing, including furnished rentals and temporary housing.
The company has leased 132,000 sq. ft. of office space in the Carpenter building and will aim to be moving by fall of 2019. The news should come as no surprise to people who have been paying attention to Chicago real estate and tech companies over the last year as more and more firms are moving their offices to downtown Chicago. Many companies have had their eye on the Fulton Market area so they can be part of a development that hasn’t been completed yet,giving them input power that will last a lifetime. City officials hope that this Google expansion will lead to more tech companies following the same line of thinking,good news for everyone in the city.
Among other benefits,more workers will fill local restaurants,bars and other local businesses. Additionally,business apartment rental building like AMLI and MILA Luxury will likely see an influx of new residents looking for great place to stay.
Google’s Chicago history has been greatly ramped up over the last few years,and the company continue to enjoy the benefits of the city. “What started out as a small sales office has now grown to house some of Google’s most critical teams with roughly over 1,000 employees working across product,engineering,technical infrastructure,advertising and more,” Karen Sauder,site lead for Google Chicago,said in a statement.