Rochester Makerspace makes me a little bit jealous. First of all, it’s in my old hometown of Rochester NY. That means they’ve got low rents over there and these extremely cool old brick industrial buildings with an absolute ton of wide-open space.
The paper ROC Makerspace is referring to above – Founding a Hackerspace. It’s a 69 page paper about the history of hackerspaces, interviews with the founders of hackerspaces, and it includes the business plan from MakeIt Labs in Nashua NH. Good stuff.
So, like any similar venture, location is going to be one of the most important considerations for us. There are some pretty serious trade-offs there, more on that at another time. Broadly speaking location-wise, around here we could head over to east Contra Costa County (such as in Brentwood) and have a ton of space to work with, but it would put our space well off the beaten path for a lot of the people we’d really like to reach. In Walnut Creek or Pleasant Hill there are some great locations, but there rents are often beyond our means if we want to be within reach of public transportation.