Coworking giant WeWork has signed a deal to lease nearly 65,000 square feet of uncompleted office space at Swire Properties’ Brickell City Centre project, sources told The Real Deal.

A source with knowledge of the lease told The Real Deal that WeWork will occupy space at Two Brickell City Centre, the second of two Class A mid-rise office buildings at the project.

A rendering of Two Brickell City Centre and WeWork’s Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neumann

A rendering of Two Brickell City Centre and WeWork’s Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neumann

The lease includes “nearly half” of the 132,280-square-foot building’s total space, though an exact size was not given. According to data from the CoStar Group, asking rents at the building average $53 per square foot, annually. That means the lease is likely worth millions of dollars.

Swire Properties has yet to complete the building, though its twin Three Brickell City Centre received its certificate of occupancy earlier this year.

This deal marks one of the largest expansions for WeWork in Miami, mirroring the shared office space provider’s explosive — and at times controversial — growth both in New York and throughout the country.

WeWork landed in South Florida in summer 2015 with its launch of an outpost on Lincoln Road, and the workspace provider jumped to a second 850-desk location at 429 Lenox Avenue in Miami Beach earlier this year.

In its biggest move so far, the company signed a lease for the entirety of downtown Miami’s 16-story Security Building, totaling about 96,000 square feet. WeWork has yet to open that space.

The company has battled both data leaks and challenges to its $16 billion valuation, all while working to aggressively expand in the hot co-working industry.


Source: The Real Deal