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Another Coworking Space Opening In Crowded Chinatown Area

The office building at 650 Massachusetts Ave. NW
The office building at 650 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Coworking providers continue to flock to the area around D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood, with another space set to open next year. 

Industrious announced Thursday it plans to open a 35K SF coworking space in the Brookfield-owned building at 650 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 

The space, expected to open before July, will be the second in the District and seventh in the D.C.-area for Industrious. The coworking provider also has opened spaces in Thomas Circle, Bethesda, Ballston, Court House, Alexandria and McLean. 

Brookfield's retail division was one of the lead investors in Industrious' $80M funding round in August. The company signs management agreements with landlords, rather than direct leases, as a way of sharing profit and risk. 

The building sits at the corner of Seventh Street and Massachusetts Avenue at the intersection of the Chinatown and Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods. The new Industrious space will be one of at least seven coworking spaces within a four-block radius of the building. 

On the same block as the Industrious building, Israeli coworking provider Mixer plans to open its first U.S. space at 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW next year. Directly across Seventh Street from the building, WeWork plans a 2020 opening for a 67K SF coworking space at Meridian Group's 700 K building.  

Two blocks to the north, WeWork plans a 2020 opening at its 107K SF 655 New York Ave. NW space. The embattled coworking giant also operates two existing Chinatown spaces at 718 Seventh St. NW and 777 Sixth St. NW. Four blocks south of Industrious' new space, Convene this year signed a lease for a 72K SF coworking space at Terrell Place

Industrious Mid-Atlantic Manager Joyce Oh said she is confident it will have demand for the new space. 

"Our existing D.C. proper location has been operating at complete occupancy with a substantial wait list, so we're excited to be growing our presence in the area," Oh said in a release.