LinkedIn moving into Downtown Detroit’s historic Sanders building

Career building and social networking company LinkedIn has signed a lease to take over a 74,500-square-foot space in the historic Sanders building on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue.

Since the company moved 13 employees last year into a temporary coworking office space at WeWork downtown, LinkedIn has grown the team to almost 40.

The new office space, the California-based company said in a Friday, April 27 announcement, positions it for future growth and an opportunity to become part of the heart of Downtown Detroit.

“Our growing Detroit team is passionate about creating economic opportunity,” the company announced. “We look forward to sharing more developments for this new office and as a member of the Woodward corridor community.”

The space at 1523 Woodward Ave. will undergo renovations before LinkedIn employees moving in within a year.

It was previously under lease by investment banking company UBS, which LinkedIn officials said agreed to relocate to another location on Woodward Avenue.

In the announcement, LinkedIn said it plans to continue hosting workshops and events that cover topics like professional branding and nonprofit engagement.

It will also begin a partnership with the Midnight Golf Program, a nonprofit started in 2001 with a mission of improving the personal and educational development of young adults and an appreciation of the sport.

The company also said it is hiring for open positions in Detroit. There is one position posted online for an account strategist manager with experience in marketing and sales.

In a statement, Bedrock founder and chairman Dan Gilbert said LinkedIn “knows more about the absolute importance of connectedness than anyone else,” and that it made sense for the company to move to downtown Detroit.

“LinkedIn’s move downtown is even more proof that Detroit’s tech scene is rapidly growing, bringing with it established companies and start-ups alike,” Gilbert said in the statement. “In a very short time, the city has seen businesses including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Quicken Loans, StockX, Detroit Labs, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Duo and dozens more leverage the amazing talent and energy Detroit has to offer.”