We got an email today from the Greenville makerspace. We thought that perhaps the wisdom of our membership may be able to help them come up with an innovative solution.
Here is the message:
My name is Gabe Medina with Makerspace Greenville. May I begin with congratulating you all for becoming board members.
Makerspace Greenville has been in operation since 2014 with a hand full of members running out of my shed in my backyard. We finally got a facility last year around this time that is 15’ by 100’. We have major traction with people wanting to join “when we’re ready”. Our tool inventory and power needs far outweigh anything that the current members are able to fund. We’ve also been waiting for the Fuller Center for housing in Hunt County to determine if they wanted to stay in operation. Our rent with them is non existent. I am sorry to say that they have determined to dissolve.
This does however bring one of several opportunities up that I’d like to share with you.
The much larger store area is 8800 sq feet and includes an indoor delivery ramp. They are actively looking for some other organizations to take up the entire area of 10,300 sq feet. Which means one of two things, we loose our space or take over the rent and wares that are already there for roughly $2k a month which includes an employee to sell the thrift store items full time.
Our other option is to request a piece of property from the city that they are taking action on at tonight’s Greenville City Council meeting. I’ve been in active communication with the City Mayor, several council members and the city manager. It’s a nuisance property that they are going to demolish and decide what to do with later. The building that currently occupies the property is 17,000 square feet with a concrete slab foundation.
The third (long shot) is to take up residence in the space where our local news paper, The Herald Banner, used to print their paper. It has remained unused for the better part of a decade. I spoke with the paper’s editor and she said she’d have to ask corporate. So I’m not too convinced that would be an easy sell.
I say all of that to say this… We are at an impasse. Either we take the loss and move into storage until we can manage on our own. Or we ask for help from Dallas Makerspace. I don’t know what that would look like, but I am hopeful that this will all work out for the best of the two organizations. In passing myself and a few of my board members have visited your space and have had productive conversations with several of your members and Chris at one point.
Hopefully we can continue to support the maker community in our area with your support. Thank you for your time.