Work begins downtown on Creative Bloc
Construction crews began work today on the Creative Bloc, an 11,500-square-foot, collaborative workspace located on the corner of North Eighth and Main streets downtown. Building owner John Jackson, who conceived of the idea and will relocate his video production company there, hopes construction will be completed in time for tenants to move in this fall. “There’s really nothing else like this around,” says Jackson, who acquired the building in late 2012 and has spent the past 15 months putting together financing for the project. The Creative Bloc will target creative professionals and will have office space available for two or three small businesses of fewer than 10 employees, as well as 10 workstations for independent professionals. It will also have up to 15 membership spots for those who don’t need a full-time office but want occasional access to the benefits of an office in the downtown area. Memberships will likely cost between $150 and $175 per month and will be limited. “This represents a whole new breed of young developers investing in downtown,” says DDD Executive Director Davis Rhorer. “We couldn’t be more thrilled.” Jackson, whose partner in the venture is developer Derek Fitch, got the idea for the Creative Bloc after hearing a story on the radio about a popular café in France that many patrons utilized as a workspace. “I decided to turn that model on its head,” he says. “Rather than pay for coffee and pastries and work in free space, we will lease space and have free coffee and pastries, as well as a lot of other workplace amenities.” Tipton Associates is the architect on the project. Ed Chachere Construction is the contractor. —Stephanie Riegel
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