BKLYN Commons Shrinks Bed-Stuy Outpost By 50 Percent

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As the pandemic devastates the shared office space business, small coworking operator BKLYN Commons has shrunk its space by 50 percent in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. 

The five-year-old company owned by Jack Srour has given up 15,000 square feet of its 30,000 square-foot space at 774 Broadway, on the border between Bushwick and Bed-Stuy, the company announced. His father Albert Srour owns the four-story, 45,000-square-foot building, which once housed a Fat Albert department store. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. 

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BKLYN Commons also redesigned its existing space, creating new meeting rooms, private offices and open desks that comply with social distancing requirements. 

The company also occupies 45,000 square feet at another former Fat Albert location, 495 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

“Many of our members who downsized their staff, shared that they need less office space at this time to weather the economic storm caused by the pandemic,” said Johanne Brierre, BKLYN Commons head of growth. “We’re offering new options to meet their needs.”