DETROIT – Blogger turned entrepreneur Amanda Lewan announced this week that she has signed a lease for the fourth floor of the Julian C. Madison Building in downtown Detroit to handle demand for her co-working space.
The new lease adds 3,000 square feet, bringing the capacity to near 10,000 square feet. Bamboo Detroit currently leases approximately 6,000 square feet on the building’s third floor. The new buildout will produce another 10 to 12 offices, which can accommodate one to seven people per office, according to a press release. Lewan was not available for an interview.
Detroit’s Rocket Fiber, also an original Bamboo member, will provide Gigabit Internet that is 1,000 times faster than average speeds.
The release said approximately, eight percent of existing tenants are expected to relocate to take advantage of the new expansion. The co-working community currently is home to about 250 folks. Existing Bamboo tenants that are expected to relocate to new offices include Catalyst Media Factory, Hampton Consulting and Gayanga Co. “The decision to expand so quickly after our recent move was driven by existing member businesses,” Lewan said. “We have companies that launched their business in the open shared space and are now ready to invest in a private desk. On the other hand, we have businesses whose members are working from dedicated desks, have hired additional staff, and are now seeking the benefits of private office spaces.”
Bamboo Detroit offers private offices, team offices, dedicated desks as well as an open collaborative work space and mail services. Members include programmers, photographers, technology startups, design firms, insurance agencies, automotive suppliers, nonprofits and consultants. Bamboo provides its members, and the public with growth programming as well, including business workshops, networking events, inspirational talks, peer to peer support, and a wellness and self-care series. Pricing starts at $50 a month.
“We’ve built an affordable option in downtown Detroit for flexible, private offices,” said Mike Ferlito, Co-founder of Bamboo Detroit and Partner at Ferlito Group. “In addition, the connections to community formed here create opportunities that help businesses of all sizes succeed that much faster.”
Learn more at: BambooDetroit.com.