WeWork Considering Giving Up On WeLive
The company opened the two WeLive locations in early 2016. It signed a lease in a building in Crystal City owned by Vornado/Charles E. Smith, now JBG Smith, and in a Rudin-owned building on Wall Street. WeWork had initially projected a rapid expansion for the brand, aiming to surpass 30,000 residents in its co-living portfolio.
In October 2016, WeWork East Coast General Manager Dave McLaughlin indicated the planned expansion had been put on pause. He said at a Bisnow event that WeWork did not plan to open more WeLive locations until the brand was 10 times better.
Now, in addition to dealing with the aftermath of the failed IPO, WeWork is also contending with the effects of the coronavirus. The pandemic has challenged the co-living industry at large, as residents shy away from the concept that focuses on large communal spaces and small private living areas.