The first co-working space in Holly Spring is expected to open in March after the town invests nearly $30,000 in fixing up the former Holly Springs Police Department facility.
On Tuesday, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a contract with Apex Floor and Tile Inc., an Apex-based remodeling company, to complete the work at 110 W. Ballentine St.
The Holly Springs Police Department vacated the building in January when it moved to a new law enforcement center at 750 Holly Springs Road, opening up the 5,000-square-foot building next to Town Hall.
The town leased the building to Holly Springs resident and business owner Jon Harol to develop and operate the area’s first co-working space for three years.
Co-working, a growing trend, allows people in different jobs and careers to share space for work. They are often used by startups or freelancers.
Work on the building is expected to begin Thursday, Feb. 18, and take up to four weeks. It will include pulling up carpet, painting, installing new cabinets and more.
Once completed, the space will feature 45 dedicated work stations and shared space with access to standard office resources, including high-speed Internet, copy machines, parking and off-site staff to provide tenants with technical assistance.
It will feature a new break room with granite counter tops, cabinets and appliances; coffee and iced coffee makers; two taps with local beer; and an outdoor patio area.
“What’s cool is there’s a ton of exposed brick throughout the space,” Harol said. “We’re going to leave that all natural. The floors upstairs are over a hundred years old, so we are leaving those in the private offices and the conference rooms.”
Rent will run from $99 for a five-day pass to $599 per month for a private office suite. This will include free beverages and unlimited Internet. Conference rooms also can be rented starting at $20 per hour.
The town will pay Apex Floor and Tile for work in two installments – one before work begins and the other upon completion of work.
The Holly Springs Town Council previously approved investing up to $50,000 to renovate the facility.
The town’s plan is for the building to be used for co-working space for three years and then serve as additional town staff offices.
Harol already is planning to keep Holly Spring’s first co-working space in downtown. He said he is in the process of closing on property nearby and building a two-story, traditional main street building.
“We’re really excited,” Harol said. “I think we’re scratching an itch here that exists. We’ve got a lot of people reaching out to us.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon