Google Fiber is opening its Charlotte offices in a historic warehouse on Seventh Street uptown, the building’s owner and the Internet search company said Tuesday.
Levine Properties is renovating the Philip Carey Building warehouse, which is adjacent to the newly opened First Ward Park and across from the 7th Street Public Market. The park opened Tuesday, and developer and owner Daniel Levine officially announced Google Fiber, long rumored to be the tenant.
The renovated Google Fiber offices will include community space open for computer training, movie screenings and a place for local nonprofits to gather, Google said. Groups will be able to work with Google to reserve space for meetings and events in the building. The building will also include an open pedestrian walkway, allowing people to walk through the building from the light-rail line to the park.
Construction will continue through early 2016, with the building set to open to the public when sign-ups for Google’s fiber Internet service start. Google is currently laying fiber optic cables and building its network. The company will also have its local offices in the building.
Google has opened similar buildings in other fiber-enabled cities, such as Austin, Texas.