More images of the space.
Today, we took a tour of the space at 3rd and Market St. We took lots of pictures for ya’ll to see, as folks had been clamoring for those. The photos are still pretty dark: the lights down there aren’t the best. But in other news, since our first tour, we mentioned the lighting issue, and this time, there were a buncha light bulbs and fixtures sitting in the space being prepared for installation by the owners.
Our plans now appear to be to put a proposal together for this location, even if we end up not being able to afford it initially. We’ll put the proposal together and go to corporations for the additional money we’ll need, and depending on how receptive they are, we will plan accordingly. If we can’t raise the additional funds we’ll need (Another $40k at least), we’ll refocus our plans with the 3rd and Market st. location as a second space.
That means finding something smaller and more modest in which to build, then planning on a move into 3rd and Market in a year or two. It’s simply too good a location to pass up
Personally, I love this space, mainly for its location. I don’t think it’s possible for us to find a better location anywhere in the entire world. Now, we just have to figure out how to make the space into what we need. A number of our volunteers hated the wall colors, and the ceiling needs to be squared away and hanging wires removed. But I feel we could move in and slowly make these changes, rather than do all that work up front. The space may look a little rough, but frankly, I think it’d work as is, after some cleaning and house keeping. Initial measurements indicate it is completely ADA compliant. Next, we have to find out about fire safety, insurance, and structural integrity. We will not sign any paper until those issues are addressed.
So, TL;DR: we’re putting together a proposal and plan for 3rd and Market, and then soliciting corporate donations. If that fails, we look for a 1000 to 2000 sq ft space to use while we raise the funds needed for 3rd and Market. We’re going to plan big, and scale things back if we get indications that our reach exceeds our grasp.