WeWork in Northern Liberties Won’t Open on Time

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WeWork's new co-working space in Northern Liberties. (Photo from Google Earth.)

WeWork’s new co-working space in Northern Liberties. (Photo from Google Earth.)

The much-anticipated WeWork co-working space in Northern Liberties won’t open on time.

WeWork signed a lease for 30,000 square feet at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, the open-air residential and commercial center at Germantown and Hancock Streets. It was originally scheduled to open on April 1.

When I asked about touring the space, a spokesperson for WeWork, said “unfortunately, the opening has been pushed back a few months so tours have not begun.” She said she’ll have a better idea on timing in a few weeks.

There’s no word on exactly what is delaying the project. I asked for clarification but did not get a response after repeated attempts.

WeWork’s move to Philly has the local tech community excited. WeWork already has hipster-chic spaces in plenty of U.S. cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York. It also has locations in Israel, London and Amsterdam.

On the WeWork website, the organization touts its Northern Liberties location as “a great option for artists, designers, young professionals, and foodies eager to explore the area’s bars and restaurants.”

WeWork recently signed a lease[1] for the third floor of 1430 Walnut Street, which is already home to the new Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

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