Shared Workspace to Open Downtown
A metro Atlanta-based company will soon make its mark on downtown Augusta by converting a Greene Street building into a new kind of workspace unique to the area.
On Tuesday, SharedSpace, which launched in 2016 and leases modern workspaces to businesses and entrepreneurs, closed on the Greene Street property that previously housed the Georgia Department of Corrections’ Augusta Probation Office and plans to convert the building into a new kind of office: a 15,000-square-foot modern shared workspace with 45 private offices, five conference rooms, private phone booths, 2,500 square feet of meeting space and WOW! fiber internet.
“We’re working differently now in this age of technology,” Margaret Woodard, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, said during an announcement of the new facility on Wednesday. “People who are doing startup businesses will have an opportunity to be a member here and have co-working space to share ideas and get their business off the ground.”
The facility is SharedsSpace’s third location and first outside the metro Atlanta area. The other two are located in Dunwoody and Cobb. The new Augusta facility will have the same function: a workspace open to professionals who need office and meeting space for either short-term or long-term needs. The Augusta office is set to open in November.
“Everything we’ve learned from locations one and two in Atlanta, we’ve implanted into the design of this building to really optimize the way that people experience these co-working spaces, whether it’s the open space up front where people can meet and connect, whether it’s the larger training room and meeting spaces or the coffee bar,” said Michael Everts, president and co-founder of SharedSpace.
The businesses that will set up shop in the building have yet to be determined, and Everts said SharedSpace opens its facilities to a wide range of industries. The company’s tenants in Atlanta include digital media company AVID and real estate software company Commission Trac. SharedSpace even housed a tequila company at one point.
Everts said one of his company’s biggest keys to success has been its support of local businesses. At SharedSpace’s Dunwoody and Cobb facilities, most members are local and are based within a three to four mile radius of the workspace.
“It’s super easy for them to just kind of slot in and get their logo up and really just be a part of the space without too much headache of finding that real estate,” Everts said. “It’s very easy for them to stop working out of a coffee shop or out of their home and just come to a nice office space where they can meet other people with them. You know, in Augusta, that might be a little bit different with the focus on the cyber. It might be more cyber or tech-focused, but we’re really welcoming to all different types of businesses. We’re not choosing a specific type.”
The offices will have a “rustic chic” design, according to Everts, and will be open all hours of the week. Woodard said that will create a vibrancy in the immediate area as potentially hundreds of new workers will likely attract restaurants and other businesses.
“I think it will have a tremendous halo effect,” Woodard said.
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