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Google signs lease for old printing facility of The Ann Arbor News

Tech giant Google is quietly growing its footprint in Washtenaw County.

The company signed a lease for a space at 5690 Hines Drive in Pittsfield Township, a Google spokesperson said in an email. It is unclear what the company plans to do with the space.

The property formerly housed a printing facility for The Ann Arbor News and Jackson Citizen Patriot until Nov. 20, 2016. The facility closed when a contract with The New York Times expired and the printing of The Ann Arbor News and Jackson Citizen Patriot was moved to other Michigan facilities.

Google in 2017 moved workers into a 135,000-square-foot office space at 2300 Traverwood Drive. It previously housed employees in a downtown Ann Arbor space at the McKinley Towne Centre, at 505 E. Liberty and a site near Briarwood Mall. It originally operated out of a petite office in a space above Vinology on Main Street. The company also opened a 30,000-square-foot office at 52 E. Henry St. inside Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena in November 2018, moving some employees from Google’s Birmingham office.

Google has more than 600 employees across the state.

The tech giant announced a $17-million investment across the region in June 2019, noting it planned “capital improvements and expansions in its offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor.” Once the expansions are completed, Google will occupy more than 260,000 square feet of space across Michigan.

 

Posted By: mlive on January 10, 2020.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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