VMware moving from Cambridge to Boston’s Downtown Crossing

By: Catherine Carlock, bizjournals.com | June 27, 2017

VMware Inc., the West Coast-based unit of EMC Corp. that’s now a Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DVMT) subsidiary, will soon join the flood of technology companies moving into Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

VMware (NYSE: VMW) has leased 37,948 square feet at the Lafayette City Center, located at 2 Avenue de Lafayette.

The storage virtualization company was formerly located at 355 Main St. in Cambridge. It plans to move 200 employees into the Lafayette City Center this September. Its neighbors in the building include Boston-based data-storage and recovery firm Carbonite Inc. (Nasdaq: CARB) and California-based home audio company Sonos.

“This transaction further solidifies (Lafayette City Center’s) reputation as a major attraction for innovative world class tech tenants in a growing district that is hot and high energy,” said Tom O’Regan, managing director of real-estate brokerage JLL.“VMware wanted to be in the heart of today’s Downtown Crossing and part of the new LCC tenant experience.”

JLL served as the leasing and marketing agent for the Lafayette City Center, with Bill Barrack, Ben Coffin and Dan Cavanaugh working with O’Regan on the transaction.

Boston-based real estate development firm The Abbey Group renovated the six-story, 615,000-square-foot Lafayette City Center in 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome VMware to LCC, where they will join a group of tech companies including Sonos and Carbonite who are embracing Downtown Crossing’s vibrant neighborhood and desirable proximity to the Red Line with connection to Cambridge,” said David Epstein, chief operating officer and founding partner of The Abbey Group, in a statement.

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