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Deloitte sheds large RenCen office for smaller WeWork space downtown

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Consulting firm Deloitte LLP is substantially downsizing its prime downtown Detroit office footprint.

An employee confirmed Thursday morning that the London-based company is moving next week from the Renaissance Center into the Dan Gilbert-owned 1001 Woodward Ave. high-rise.

Deloitte’s RenCen office spans six floors — the 24th, and the top 35 through 39 — totaling approximately 102,000 square feet in the 200 tower.

The company is taking WeWork space in 1001 Woodward, although the precise square footage is not known. WeWork has about 44,000 square feet there.

Deloitte’s lease in the RenCen tower expires at the end of the month.

Emails and phone messages were left with Deloitte, WeWork, Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC real estate company and CBRE Inc., which is the listing brokerage for the General Motors Co.-owned office towers on the Detroit River.

It’s not known how many employees are impacted or whether Deloitte was using all of its 102,000 square feet prior to moving out.

The move is a big hit for the 39-story skyscraper, which is 593,000 square feet and only about 53.5 percent leased, according to the annual JLL Skyline report released in September. Deloitte vacating will only make those numbers worse.

The Renaissance Center as a whole has suffered mightily during the pandemic.

Before COVID-19, the Detroit-based automaker had 5,000 employees in the buildings but has adopted a so-called “Work Anywhere” work model, leaving the towers largely empty.

Last month, Crain’s surveyed more than 40 of the largest employers in the region and found that most of them remain in either work-from-home or hybrid schedules.

Gilbert bought the 23-story 1001 Woodward building in 2013 and brought WeWork on as a tenant, ultimately taking four floors totaling about 35,000 square feet, according to a source. WeWork has about 44,000 square feet there.

WeWork also took seven floors at 1449 Woodward Ave. and 91,000 square feet in the TechTown area building at 6001 Cass Ave., owned by Detroit-based The Platform LLC.

Deloitte has also taken WeWork space in the U.K., occupying 35,000 square feet in Manchester.

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