[EMS Discuss] Whiteaker Shop Space for new Maker Space
Thu Oct 3 23:11:24 PDT 2013
Funky and damp as it is, it is the best overall location so far and is a good size. (I don't think the sizable
upstairs office is even counted in the 2500.)
I would caution against counting on wood heat, however. Even if the landlord and his/her insurance company are
amenable, the cost to acquire and install a stove big enough to make a difference in that large a space may be
sizable. (As far as I know, new legal installations of wood stoves are required to be of the modern catalytic style.)
Also, I think Tom noted that the nearby wood scraps were mostly plywood, which should not be burnt. Plus, there will
be some days when wood heat will not be allowed due to air quality, but probably not too many.
> $100 split between 25 members is a small price to pay for twice the space and a better location. The repairs and
> improvements that we make will be one time costs that can occur when we have the means to pay for them. Regardless of
> where we move, I think it's time to put our money where our mouthes are... Monies where our mouth is?
>> On Oct 3, 2013, at 9:03 AM, Rick Osgood <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>> I also really like the Whiteaker space, based on the notes and what I've seen of the photos. There's a problem
>> though. That space costs $1125 per month + utilities, internet, + whatever it will cost to route/fix electrical and
>> build a wood stove, etc. We currently only have 21 paying members. That's only $525 per month to pay for all of
>> that stuff. Of course, we've had several members pledge to pay extra for a while if we move to a new space. With
>> those pledges in mind, we still are around $100 short of having enough money to only cover the rent/bills. That
>> doesn't include and extra funds we would need to do repairs, run electrical, etc. We still need more pledges or
>> more regular income. Either that or we need to get the price down on the space.
>> That being said, it's actually one of the less expensive places we've looked at and actually had people like. I'm
>> not trying to rain on everyone's parade. If we like these spaces, we should go for it. We just need to be aware
>> that we need more funding in order to actually sign any lease documents.
>>> On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 6:19 AM, Cord Slatton <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>> I agree with Weston and Austin.
>>>> On Oct 3, 2013 12:18 AM, "Weston Turner" <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>>> I am publicly casting my vote for the Whiteaker shop space to be our new Maker Space location. I also request that
>>>> we put the top spaces to a vote (even if just an informal straw poll).
>>>> The whit shop has a chimney for a wood stove, and rumor has it that there is a wood shop next door with a dumpster
>>>> full of scrap wood. If we get a stove, that basically means we get free heat during the winter. That would save us
>>>> a lot in utility costs. Plus, and most importantly, the space is really cool. And it's in the whit, regardless of
>>>> whether we have a storefront presence, I think we will get more members and attention in that area. Who knows
>>>> maybe we could even get sponsored by Ninkasi (the Eugene brewery who sponsors the Portland hacker space).
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