While companies typically look at Downtown areas for office space, sometimes the best option is in the ‘burbs. Just outside of the Wilmington city limits, off of 202, lies the former site of several Astra Zeneca office buildings. What was once home to lab space and corporate headquarters, will now be transformed into a mixed-use community, called Avenue North, with 1.85 million square feet of office, residential, retail, restaurant, and recreation space. Two companies — specialty chemical producer Solenis Inc. and health care giant Christiana Care — each have agreed to lease office space, becoming the first two tenants to commit to the new campus in North Wilmington. This move is expected to bring hundreds of health and chemical professionals to the area.
About 200 Solenis employees will move to the new headquarters in early 2020, the company said. Part of their new building will become home to 300 new apartments, retail space, and a five-story hotel.
For Christiana, they look forward to having more rooms available for patients at their main campus after moving administrative and support staff into the building at Avenue North.
Another company, Delaware BioScience Association, announced last year that it would move its headquarters to the Fairfax campus as well.
More about Solenis and Christiana Care
Solenis is a chemical company that focuses on creating chemicals for water-intensive industrial operations. Currently, they operate in 120 countries and are based out of Delaware.
Christiana Care has called Wilmington home for many years. Their mission is based on serving their neighbors as expert, caring partners in their health. Besides providing healthcare, Christiana is active in the community. From donating headphones for underserved community members to providing space for workforce development program, ITWorks’ graduation.
Summarized from the articles Christiana Care, Solenis to move hundreds of workers to former AstraZeneca campus on Delaware Online, Avenue North: A ‘live-work-play’ community on a corporate campus on Delaware Business Times, and Christiana Care to take space at Avenue North complex From Philadelphia Business Journal.
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