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SOUTHFIELD, MI-Verizon is expanding its office space in the Midwest, adding 30,030 sf of office space to its regional headquarters in Michigan and building a $33-million new call center in Lincoln, NE. The company will sign an addendum to its lease later this month at the First Center at 26935 Northwestern Highway in Southfield, bringing its space use at the building to nearly 143,000 sf. The company will also hire 175 employees in Southfield, adding to the 800 already at the headquarters, says a company spokeswoman.

She says jobs are coming back to the Detroit area. “This is a great market, we’ve had a lot of success here. Southfield is centrally located, it allows us to grab talent from across Metropolitan Detroit,” she tells GlobeSt.com. The new jobs will include call center employees as well as customer service and financial services representatives, coordinators, analysts, trainers, supervisors, associate directors and one manager.

She says she cannot say what the lease rate is for the expansion, made as an addendum and not a renewal of the lease. The average lease rate for the Southfield area is $19.47, according to a fourth-quarter CB Richard Ellis market report.

The company said in December that it will build the new 112,800 call center in Nebraska by 2007. The building will be in the University of Nebraska Technology Park at 4600 Innovation Dr. in Lincoln. Hiring has already begun for the 800 new jobs, says company officials.

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