GM to Shift Headquarters to Detroit's Hudson Building

The automaker is moving its core operations about a mile, from the riverfront view of the Renaissance Center to downtown Detroit.

GM's headquarters has been in the Renaissance Center since 1996.

General Motors announced plans to relocate its global headquarters, a move that will see the automotive giant leave the iconic Renaissance Center for the modern Hudson's Detroit building.

Constructed by Bedrock, a real estate firm owned by Dan Gilbert, the Hudson's site features a 1.5 million-square-foot development that includes a towering skyscraper and a sizeable office block. The relocation was confirmed ahead of a scheduled news conference with GM CEO Mary Barra and Gilbert, set to detail the future of both the new headquarters and the Renaissance Center's site.

The Renaissance Center, which has been home to GM since 1996 when the company acquired five of its seven towers, will see a reduced number of GM employees as the company consolidates its operations at the Hudson’s site. GM has been reducing its in-office workforce in response to changing work patterns influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to sources, the new headquarters will not only host GM's core operations but will also feature luxury accommodations and residential units, including an ultraluxury Edition Hotel and about 100 condos and apartments.

GM will not sell the Renaissance Center, but rather explore redevelopment options. GM and Gilbert plan to study potential redevelopment opportunities for the RenCen, ensuring it continues to play a vital role in Detroit's downtown area.

Steve Morris, a partner at Axios Advisors, expressed concerns about the future leasing prospects of the Renaissance Center, given the reduced number of workers and the current economic climate affecting downtown Detroit. He noted the challenges of attracting new tenants and the potential impact on local businesses that have relied on the presence of GM employees.

As GM prepares for this significant transition, the company remains tight-lipped about the exact number of employees who will move to the new site. However, the shift is part of a broader strategy to adapt to post-pandemic work norms and revitalize its operational efficiency in a new, state-of-the-art facility.

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