[EMS Discuss] Help us find a new home!

Thu Sep 5 11:42:50 PDT 2013

Hi Marie, and gang,

We can view the 175 S. Danebo space anytime today before 4:00 PM. I'm 
checking on some others as well. What time works for you guys?

I'm also wondering if I should just be contacting the people interested 
in the space search off list. I'm thinking those folks might be Marie, 
Sam, Craig, James, and Bob. Though that is just wishful thinking, Marie 
is the only one so far who really said she was into it.

What do you guys think?


Marie Slatton-Valle wrote:
> Thanks for answering those questions Cliff.  Count me in for the next and
> future building visits or related meetings.
> As far as shared spaces I know our group is open to sharing space.  I think
> Makerspace would be a good mix as there is a lot of overlap with the noise
> factor (industrial sewing machines) and other space requirements; not to
> mention the current trends in fashion design with 3-D printing and
> etextiles.  I will bring it up at our next meeting this Friday.
> Marie
> On Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM, Mr. Clif<EMAIL HIDDEN>  wrote:
>> Hi Marie,
>> here are some answers as I personally see them:
>> Marie Slatton-Valle wrote:
>>> I'm down to help on location scouting.  I've been scouting similarly sized
>>> locations for a garment production house and often think of EMS.
>>> I looked over the space ratings doc in the wiki and just have a few
>>> questions.  1) Does EMS only want month-to-month leases or is something a
>>> little longer acceptable?
>> Yes we did have a six month lease on our current space, and our current
>> draft proposal for a new space involves a 12 month lease.
>>      2) Does EMS need to be in an industrial zone or
>>> is a commercial space okay?
>> Commercial is slightly preferable because it usually implies a store front
>> with display windows and a bit more foot traffic. However, the trade-off is
>> that the cost per square foot is higher, and often more than we can afford.
>>     3) What is meant by noise limits on the space
>>> ratings doc?
>> Well we have noisy shop tools like grinders and say, a book store or quiet
>> office park might not like that. ;-)
>>   That's all I can think of for now.
>> Thanks for your help! It would be cool if a few of us could form an
>> informal group that looked at properties together. I'm interested in
>> scheduling a visit to the danebo place next week. Are you interested?
>>> Also, has anyone read this Make
>>> article<http://makezine.com/**2013/06/04/making-makerspaces-**
>>> creating-a-business-model/<http://makezine.com/2013/06/04/making-makerspaces-creating-a-business-model/>
>>> about
>>> Makerspaces as a business model?  Really solid, solid info.
>> Right... I should read that. :-)
>>> Let me know what I can do to help.  Definitely down to scope out a few
>>> places.
>> So if you're looking for a sewing place would you be interested in sharing
>> with EMS?? :-)
>>> Marie
>>      Clif
>> On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM, Rick Osgood<EMAIL HIDDEN>
>> wrote:
>>> While things may have calmed down around EMS lately since everyone has
>>>> been out enjoying the summer weather, we are still looking for a new home
>>>> to support our growing membership.  Looking at the survey results from
>>>> the
>>>> member poll, the top three voted locations for EMS would be:
>>>> Downtown Eugene followed by East Eugene or West Eugene (pretty much a tie
>>>> on those two)
>>>> The top features our members would like to see in a new space are:
>>>> 1. Larger shop space (we currently have 1000sqft)
>>>> 2. The ability to subdivide the space to separate activities
>>>> 3. Larger office space for quiet/cleaner activities
>>>> 4. Within walking distance of local community
>>>> We could really use help trying to find a space.  Our monthly budget for
>>>> a
>>>> new space will likely be between $1000 and $1300 per month.  That will
>>>> require us to stretch our wallets when possible to make it happen.  We
>>>> have
>>>> a really nicely written proposal that includes clauses to ramp up the
>>>> rent
>>>> and utilities costs over time, which means we might be able to get away
>>>> with something more expensive than this if we can grow our member base to
>>>> match the rent increases.
>>>> Keep in mind we may have to compromise on some of the features.  For
>>>> example it will likely cost more to have more space, but it may also cost
>>>> more to be downtown.  We may have to make a trade off on space versus
>>>> location.  If you can find a place that meets some variation of these
>>>> criteria, please email EMAIL HIDDEN and let us know!  We
>>>> will get in touch with the owners and send them our proposal.  Hopefully
>>>> having more people look for a space means we can find one more quickly.
>>>> Thanks for you help!
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