Microsoft to move from Southfield to Detroit

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 14, 2017

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SOUTHFIELD — A major company is cutting ties with Southfield.

Microsoft Corp. announced Feb. 3 a plan to move its Michigan Technology Center from 2000 Town Center in Southfield to downtown Detroit in early 2018.

During the announcement, Microsoft was also joined by representatives of Bedrock LLC, the real estate company heading the move.

Microsoft will move its operations from Southfield to Bedrock’s One Campus Martius building, which also houses Quicken Loans.

Whether the move will hurt Southfield’s economy remains up in the air, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said, as city officials are still waiting on a response from Microsoft officials regarding the possibility of a loss of jobs in the city.

“We do not know for certain yet if this entire office is moving to Detroit next year, and we’re waiting for word from Microsoft about that,” Siver said recently. “There was talk that some people would stay in the Southfield office and that they would shrink the office. Our attempts to get that clarified have not been responded to.”

When asked about the specifics of the move, a spokesperson for Microsoft declined to comment. Microsoft also declined to comment on its lack of response to the mayor.

Siver said he is sorry to see the company go, but does not believe it will be a major loss for the city.

“These things ebb and flow, and the bottom line is we have more gains than losses. Anybody that follows commercial real estate knows that companies shop office space — they look for a better deal. We don’t know the deal that was offered to Microsoft … but I would imagine it was probably a sweet enticement to move there.”

Dan Gilbert, owner of Bedrock, said in a news release that the reason behind the move is to please today’s tech talent.

“Not only will the Microsoft Technology Center provide a much-needed resource for Detroit-based businesses, its presence will also connect Detroiters with a wider global network. This is another great example of an innovative, global business moving downtown and further evidence that Detroit is quickly becoming one of the technology centers of the country,” Gilbert stated in the news release.

Siver said that when Detroit does well, so does Southfield.

“As I said, I’m sorry to see them go. It’s a great name, but we have many other expansions taking place,” Siver said. “I really feel that the success of Detroit is good for Southfield. This is about regionalism, and I’m pleased that downtown Detroit is doing well.”