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WeWork In Talks With Akridge To Lease Full Downtown D.C. Building

A rendering of Akridge's 1701 Rhode Island development

WeWork is close to a deal to lease a full building in Downtown D.C., continuing its rapid expansion across the region. 

The coworking provider is in talks to lease the 102K SF Akridge development at 1701 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Akridge Chairman Chip Akridge tells Bisnow

The deal has not been finalized yet but is expected to close soon. Akridge said the creative style of the office project, a redevelopment of a former YMCA building, helped draw the coworking provider. He said the ceiling heights, small floor plates and large windows have become attractive features in today's office market. 

"We're hitting on something here that the market really wants," Akridge said. "People want to have sight lines and daylight. It's a product of what people are looking for in today's work environment. We're going to continue that mold as long as people like it." 

Akridge broke ground speculatively on the project in March 2017. It has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Feb. 12. The project was designed by Hickok Cole and financed by EagleBank. Akridge has another 100K SF downtown spec office development underway at 1101 16th St. NW, also financed by EagleBank. 

WeWork, now D.C.'s largest private office tenant, has not slowed its pace of leasing and opening new spaces. The coworking provider last week celebrated the opening of its first Maryland location in College Park. It also opened its second Chinatown space in October. It then signed a deal for another location in the Chinatown area with The Meridian Group in December, one week after its property arm partnered with Meridian to buy an office building in Dupont Circle

Also in December, it announced a new lease in Rosslyn. It is also in talks for space at Capitol Crossing, according to the Washington Business Journal, which reported the 1701 Rhode Island deal Monday, citing an anonymous source.