Unfortunately this deal fell through. We met with the owner of the building again on Thursday and they surprised us with the news that they wont be able to give us the space downstairs which we had agreed on previously. The reason is that a few of the companies, currently renting offices at that building, are rapidly expanding and they will need a lot more room. They are planning to move those companies downstairs. They offered to rent us some office space upstairs with the promise of building a shop next to the building over a period of 6 months or so – if we fund raise and provide help with material.
The board met at red beard afterwards and we had a long discussion about our options. @Chainmaildave and @hdsheena were there too. Considering the type of tools and projects our members are interested in, and the projects we have planned for when the space opens up, we think the office space wont really cut it for us.
We have developed a strong following now and all of our workshops have been sold out. It is clear to us that there is a huge need for a makerspace in Kamloops and we think we will have better options at this point. So we decided to say no to the offer of the space upstairs and instead look for a more suitable space.
I think everyone, myself included, were very excited about moving to that space and sharing a building with KIC. We stopped looking for alternative places over the last few months while we were waiting for the space to be ready. That being said, I am glad that the deal fell through now and not further down the road when we would have been even more dependant on it. Right now this means that we are free once again to look at places and find something that works for us. We are in a very good shape right now and excited about all the possible opportunities. I’ll start another thread to get organized with our search for a home.
Thank you again to everyone that helped us during the last few months with agreement negotiation and fund raising for supplies.
nice. Thanks Nicholas. I sent you a few comments I had by email, hopefully you got those. Most of it was pretty basic stuff, but I wanted to read through it and get my 2 cents in, just in case it may have been helpful.
An ideal makerspace for me would have a substantial amount of comfortable laptop working space, rather than just entirely “shop space”. I’d love to have access to basic electronics tools like soldering irons and drills, and larger shop tools are less imperative to me!
This is the lathe I’m currently working on, when it’s up and running the south bend will become somewhat redundant in my shop. I will be needing to make room for the cnc router I hope to build so the SB might be a good start in the maker space. The SB is well tooled and accurate enough for all but super precision type work.