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Planned Coworking Space Will Be The First Of Its Kind In Andersonville

Taking advantage of a growing trend aimed at solopreneurs and small businesses, a large 9,000 sq. ft. coworking space is planned for Andersonville and will be the first of its kind in the neighborhood.

The brainchild of Jill Knobeloch, Andersonville Coworking will offer customers the opportunity to rent out a dedicated desk for the month or drop-in rates for those on the go. The space being looked at right now is on the 5500 block of Clark St. and because of the size will also offer a 700 sq. ft. hang-out room with chairs and couches that will double as an event space.

With 30 ft. bow truss ceilings and skylights that run the length of the building, half of the space will have dedicated desks with full time access that members will be able to leave their equipment. There will also be shared flex-desks for part time memberships and a few conference rooms people can rent out. Members can take advantage of a full kitchen area, high-speed internet and most importantly lots of coffee!

“Technology has made a significant shift in the way we’re doing business both nationally and globally,” said Knobeloch. “It’s enabled companies to provide part and full time work-from-home options to employees. Plus it’s easier than ever for individuals to start new businesses and operate online. But working from home comes with its own set of complications — distractions around the house, isolation from other people, and even insufficient space or amenities like slow wifi.”
Knobeloch experienced many of these issues while working from home. In order to get out of her apartment, she would set up temporary shop at local coffee houses. But they also had their own set of distractions and complications.
Andersonville Cowork hopes to solve these issues by providing an active environment for those who want to maintain flexible working hours while still accessing a professional and productive workspace. With memberships likely starting off at $150 for part time and $350 for full time, there will be multiple options to suit user needs. It will also be ADA accessible with elevator service to the second floor.
“As an independent graphic and web designer, I am the exact demographic to use coworking spaces,” Knobeloch added. “Coworking trends are definitely on the rise. The demand for coworking spaces will continue growing as our economy continues to shift toward a knowledge-based, tech-enabled workforce, especially one that’s geographically independent.”
According to Knobeloch, some projections expect a 42% global increase in coworking spaces between 2019 and 2022. Others anticipate that coworking spaces will account for 30% of commercial real estate by 2030. Hoping to open by Fall of 2020, she is in the process of securing financing for the project and will start a crowdfunding campaign this January.
If you would like to find out more info about Andersonville Coworking, check them out on Instagram or sign up for the newsletter at AvilleCowork.com.

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