National Co-Working Firm, WeWork, Headed To Kansas City
‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.’ Dorothy says in the Wizard Of Oz. One look around Kansas City’s Crossroads district and you may say the same thing. A transformation is taking place in the downtown area, being revitalized by a new wave of business owners, technology companies and millennials.
One of those efforts is the Corrigan Station Tower. It’s the tallest building in the Crossroads Arts District. It’s also now the new home of a WeWork co-working space.
WeWork, the New York based, international coworking firm has snagged four floors for a total of 40,000 square feet. They’ve secured floors 3-6 in the 10 story building. WeWork hopes to house 750 members at the new Kansas City Facility. Those co-workers will be startups, freelancers, and small businesses.
“WeWork is a platform for creators that provides the space, services and community that help people make a life, not just a living,” Adam Wacenske, general manager of WeWork’s southern region, said in a statement. “We’re seeing a macro shift in the way people work, one focused on finding meaning. Through WeWork, the people of Kansas City can have the opportunity to work and connect with a global community of more than 90,000 members, both in person at our beautiful workspaces and virtually through our member app.”
The Corrigan Station building is one of the newest rehabbed buildings in downtown Kansas City, reports startlandnews.com. The building originally opened in 1921. It has a new modern layout with 11 foot ceilings. The building will also feature a restaurant and a rooftop patio.
“Kansas City is fast becoming one of the most popular cities in the Midwest,” the firm said. “It’s one of those rare places where you can get the hustle-and-bustle of a metropolitan sprawl without sacrificing the neighborliness of the heartland. Folks here take great pride in where they’re from. … Kansas City has come a long way from its roots in agriculture and manufacturing. Today you’ll find companies from all industries laying the foundation for strong business.”
WeWork makes the 12th coworking space in the region. However, according to KC Sustainable partners, even after WeWork opens there will be room for another 150,000 square feet of co-working space in the city.