DETROIT (WWJ) — Technology giant Microsoft will be moving its Michigan offices from the suburb of Southfield to downtown Detroit, according to a report.

Crain’s Detroit says Microsoft will move its offices to a Dan Gilbert-owned building in Detroit, but the exact location is yet to be determined.

Microsoft’s current offices — north of 10 Mile between M-10 and Evergreen– reside in a 2.2-million-square-foot complex.

At the North American International Auto Show on Sunday, Gilbert hinted at some big construction projects in the city this year. He teased the move, saying Detroit will also see a “major” office tenant move into the city this year.

“We’re out of office space downtown, we’re out of residential downtown – we’re going to be nine or 10 million square feet short of office space in the next eight or nine years if our companies downtown just grow at the same rate as GDP,” said Gilbert, “and that’s without new businesses coming in. There is a lot more coming – I think you are going to see $2-4 billion in new construction, on top of what is already happening here.”

A formal announcement is expected sometime soon.

The Washington-based software and hardware company would join a growing list of big-name tenants making the move to the downtown area.

Comments (2)
  1. That’s Fantastic!! Detroit is rebounding BIG!!

  2. I envision a Chinatown, a slew of Indian and Italian restaurants to join Greektown and Mexciantown. Yes, the neighborhoods will definitely benefit when the downtown condos and apartments are filled . The people will want to spread out to get a dog and enjoy the parks and , solitude of the neighborhoods. This will culminate in increased safety and excellence in the schools and surrounding areas since they will be demanded by these highly educated individuals.