Bellevue’s Lincoln Square will soon be home to WeWork, a quickly expanding co-working space company that hosts small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneuers.
The New York-based company confirmed Oct. 7 that it would be moving into the Lincoln Square expansion in Downtown Bellevue — part of the Bellevue Collection.
Gina Phillips, lead for WeWork in the Pacific Northwest said the move to Bellevue was an anticipated one.
“We are proud of our growth in Seattle. Since arriving in 2014 we have been constantly inspired by the work our members do in fields ranging from virtual reality and biotech to microloans and education,” she said. “There is incredible momentum in Bellevue, and new global opportunity in education, innovation and business. 400 Lincoln Square is an ideal location for current WeWork members eager to have workspaces on both sides of the water, and for companies of all sizes who are seeking a new way to work.”
The amenities of the location are listed on WeWork’s website.
“In the newest premier tower downtown, you’ll find unparalleled Bellevue office space at WeWork Lincoln Square,” according to a press release. “Enter through the contemporary, upscale lobby with fireplace, and discover our coworking space where high ceilings, natural finishes, outdoor terraces and stunning mountain and lake views provide a refreshing work environment.”
It cites the close proximity with gaming developer Valve (in the same building), and the nearby rumored Amazon expansion and Microsoft as good reasons to work through WeWork in the communal space.
A spokesperson for the company said WeWork would move in the building in early 2017.
WeWork leased 80,000 square feet in Lincoln Square, and has personalized plans for companies of varying sizes.
“If you need one desk, we can make that work,” said spokesperson Becky McClain. “If you need 50 desks, or dedicated office space we can do that. We work around the needs of our clients.”
The office will be bike and pet friendly and will have a skybridge to Bellevue Square for shopping, food and entertainment possibilities without having to leave the area. Three other WeWork spaces are in Seattle, but this is the first in the region outside that city.