MEATPACKING DISTRICT — After more than a decade of vacancy, a 36,000-square-foot space next to the Gansevoort Hotel is becoming the next chic office community.
The three adjoining buildings at 1, 3, and 5 Little West 12th Street opened the doors Monday to their new tenants on the second floor — including fashion, marketing, and other creative agencies.
The office company WeWork gut renovated the top five floors of the six-story adjoining buildings and welcomed their first tenants to the second floor on Monday. WeWork is expected to open its third floor office space to tenants on Aug. 1, with other floors to follow.
The first floor of 1 Little West 12th St. already houses the restaurant Bagatelle, which is closed this summer for renovations, according to its website.
"We provide boutique office space but also a deeper opportunity to network and to be part of the creative community that's really growing," said Megan Mallow, WeWork's operational manager. "We've had to do a lot of work on the building but that's kind of what we like."
Mallow said that mostly businesses with "a creative vibe" were attracted to WeWork's communal model, of glass walls separating each office, social events like biweekly happy hours, and shared spaces like a TV lounge.
"People are able to connect in a way that's not possible if they were working at home or in another building," she said.
WeWork already has a building in Midtown and one in SoHo, but she said the Meatpacking space is already generating unprecedented interest. Offices in the Meatpacking location range from $800 for a one-person office, to $3900 for a six-person space.
"We have a long waiting list of people wanting to see the building," said Mallow. "It's [because of] the type of creative atmosphere that's surrounding the neighborhood."
Mallow added that the space, which was formerly home to a gay men's health center before it went vacant a decade ago, was an exciting deal.
"Meatpacking still has a few empty buildings — they're like gold mines," she said.