While we harbour dreams of having an in-house barista in our office to cater to our every caffeinated whim, online retail giant Amazon has re-imagined the humble office with a much more socially conscious initiative.
Amazon is set to demolish its previous six-storey block, which served as a homeless shelter called Maryâ€™s Place, in favour of two swish new office towers. But the company wonâ€™t get rid of its philanthropic roots altogether â€“ itâ€™s dedicating six floors of the new digs to an updated, modernised Maryâ€™s Place.
The project, which is expected to cost the company tens of millions of dollars, is set to open in 2020 with some pretty notable features: covering a space of 47,000 square feet, the new Maryâ€™s Place will be able to house around 220 people in 65 rooms, where rent and utility bills will be free.
Any resident of Maryâ€™s will “earn their keep” by committing to meet certain housing goals to aspire to, like keeping up with employment applications or enrolling in job-training programs or schooling.
CEO Jeff Bezos has himself donated US$1 million to the project, after donations reached over US$2 million.
â€œMaryâ€™s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,â€ Jeff said in a press release. â€œWe are lucky to count them as neighbours and thrilled to offer them a permanent home within our downtown Seattle headquarters â€“ Amazon employees and Maryâ€™s Place residents will move in together in early 2020.â€
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