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A Grand Rapids-based law firm will lease nearly 30,000 square feet of space in a $65 million development to be built next door to Little Caesars Arena, officials announced Monday.

The Warner Norcross + Judd office will be the only tenant on the third floor of 2715 Woodward, which sits between the arena and the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business that opened in August.

The five-story building will have 110,000 square feet of office space and 17,000 square feet of retail space, according to Olympia Development of Michigan. It's the same building where the Detroit Medical Center will rent space for its state-of-the-art Sports Medicine Institute

Construction will begin in 2019. The law firm says it expects to move into the building by fall 2020. 

"This agreement represents our commitment to the city of Detroit and our desire to be part of its exciting resurgence," Linda Paullin-Hebden, executive partner of the firm's Southfield office, said in a statement. "Whereas other large Michigan law firms have looked to expand outside of the state, Warner has consistently doubled down on Michigan by establishing eight regional offices in key geographies. As a result, Warner will be the only major law firm to have offices in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties."

The announcement comes a year after Little Caesars Arena opened to the public. A few blocks away, the $150 million, nine-story Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion at Columbia and Woodward is near completion and is expected to open in early 2019, according to Olympia Development. 

Warner Norcross + Judd employs 230 attorneys statewide that practice in dozens of areas including automotive, labor and employment, family law, financial services and health law. The law firm will move 55 attorneys and staff from its Southfield office in the new space. The building is expected to offer conference rooms, dedicated parking and a lounge overlooking Woodward.

“Warner Norcross + Judd’s planned expansion is just one example of how the District Detroit is attracting world-class companies and professional services to the city of Detroit,” said Travis Arbogast, vice president of development at Olympia Development. “We look forward to their presence in Detroit, along with other companies that are eager to bring jobs and spur economic growth in our community.”

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