Bell Works Metroburb Coming to Former AT&T Campus on Central Rd East of Barrington Rd, Hoffman Estates


The former AT&T campus located just north of Interstate 90 along Central Road and east of Barrington Road may soon be a “metroburb” — a word and concept coined by Bell Works, where the reimagining of the historic former Bell Labs building in Holmdel, N.J. has transformed into a one-of-a-kind destination for business and culture, complete with a blossoming ecosystem of technology, traditional offices, retail, dining, hospitality.

The word “metroburb” was coined to describe Bell Works vision for a self-contained metropolis in a livable and accessible suburban location. With everything you could find in a great downtown — from office space and retail to art and culture — a Metroburb is a microcosm of innovation, possibility, and inspiration.

New Jersey-based Somerset Development plans to replicate the success of the Bell Works “metroburb.”

Somerset Development has closed on its purchase of the former 150-acre AT&T campus in Hoffman Estates. AT&T completed move out in 2016. The new planned self-contained community, will also be named Bell Works, and will include multifamily housing, businesses and entertainment venues. Unlike the original Bell Works in Holmdel, New Jersey; no single family homes are planned in Hoffman Estates.