[EMS Discuss] Help us find a new home!

Thu Sep 5 16:00:38 PDT 2013

Hi Guys,

So James and I saw 175 Danebo today. And it was very attractive. I still 
need to post the pictures but here is a quick summery.

There is 2200 sqft of a kinda grungy car shop space with an additional 
550 sqft of storage space some with shower stall sized "lockers". Also 
there is the possibility of dividing the shop space with a roll-up door 
that is there. There is lots of power in the shop, and they are willing 
to add a couple of 220 Outlets if we need them. The concrete floor has 
some big cracks and is not perfectly level, so don't trip on them. There 
is an adjoining bathroom for the shop but that may be the only sink for 
the shop area. This shop is not insulated and is on a separate 
electrical service so any space heater you put in it is money out the 
window. Eg we pay the power bill for the shop.

You have to go outside to get to the office space but it's only 50ish 
feet in the rain to get there. ;-) That space is about 1600 sqft divided 
up into four offices and a large reception area, plus a bathroom and 
storage / server room.  One office is quite large almost a community 
sized room at 16 x 16, which maybe shared using three desks. The rent is 
$1445 plus a fixed $100 / mo for utils in the office space so that would 
be a total of $100 + the power bill in the shop in utils. We can run cat 
5 through the celling Or perhaps use some of the mystery outlets that 
are already there.

There are about 7 parking spaces in the back. It's definitely not close 
that close to anything, and probably not bike friendly though I could 
ride my bike there if I wanted some more exercise.

I think Kevin said we could afford about $1000 a month in rent so about 
5 of us would have to sign up for the extra until we had more members.

     More later. :-)

Rick Osgood wrote:
> I am interested in looking at the spaces but like Sam I can't really make
> it unless it's after 5:00PM or on the weekends.  Don't hold anything up on
> my account, but if you can ever get a viewing during those times I'm happy
> to come check things out.
> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Mr. Clif<EMAIL HIDDEN>  wrote:
>> Ok Meet me at 175 S. Danebo (Scientific Insterments) at 2:00 PM. :-)
>>      Clif
>> James Hukill wrote:
>>> I am on that side of town so I can be there pretty quick..
>>> Just let me know, as long as I am home by 4pm (kids school, bla bla bla).
>>> --James
>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM, Mr. Clif<EMAIL HIDDEN>   wrote:
>>>   Ok what is a good time for you James? I will check and see if the correct
>>>> person is around then.
>>>> Thanks for checking in Marie, and Bob. I think that for the first pass we
>>>> want to see them as fast as we can and if you are available that is
>>>> great,
>>>> or you can also pick a place to look at on your own time frame and invite
>>>> others to go with you. For the second pass we should definitely schedule
>>>> it
>>>> a few days to a week in advance and try to get as many folks as possible
>>>> to
>>>> go.
>>>> Also I just drove by this place which I think is next to the silk screen
>>>> or embroidery ladies place:
>>>> http://eugene.craigslist.org/****off/4006736624.html<http://eugene.craigslist.org/**off/4006736624.html>
>>>> <http://**eugene.craigslist.org/off/**4006736624.html<http://eugene.craigslist.org/off/4006736624.html>
>>>> It's upstairs so that might be a show stopper, not sure if the office
>>>> space in the picture is part of that or not because that part seems to be
>>>> downstairs.
>>>>       Ciao!
>>>>       Clif
>>>> James Hukill wrote:
>>>>   I am in.
>>>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>>> On Sep 5, 2013, at 11:42 AM, "Mr. Clif"<EMAIL HIDDEN>    wrote:
>>>>>    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?
>>>>>>       Clif
>>>>>> 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-****<http://makezine.com/****2013/06/04/making-makerspaces-****>
>>>>>>>>> <http://**makezine.com/**2013/06/04/**making-makerspaces-**<http://makezine.com/**2013/06/04/making-makerspaces-**>
>>>>>>>>> creating-a-business-model/<**htt**p://makezine.com/2013/06/**04/**<http://makezine.com/2013/06/04/**>
>>>>>>>>> making-makerspaces-creating-a-****business-model/<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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