Amazon settles on Back Bay for Boston expansion

The Boston Globe | By Curt Woodward
February 23, 2017

After years building a large presence near Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Inc. is planting its flag in Boston.

The Seattle e-commerce and tech giant confirmed Wednesday that it plans to expand into the new Back Bay offices of WeWork Cos., which leases space to startups, freelancers, and outposts of larger companies.

An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment on any additional details about the WeWork lease, including the amount of space it is renting or how many workers will be located at the building. The company did say it will retain its Kendall Square office in Cambridge.

A person familiar with the deal said Amazon was leasing two floors at the WeWork location, on St. James Avenue between Arlington and Berkeley streets.

The Globe reported in January that Amazon was on the hunt for 100,000 to 200,000 square feet of office space in downtown Boston, enough room for hundreds of employees.

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