Dave Macpherson, a business development consultant, used to drive every day from his home in Holly Springs to work at The Frontier, a co-working space in Research Triangle Park.
But now Holly Springs has its own co-working space called the Coworking Station, putting Macpherson within walking distance of his new desk.
Signs that say “COworking,” “COffee” and “COnference” are scattered throughout the two-story building, highlighting a theme of community and collaboration.
“I am just really excited to get all the different businesses in here and see them start to work together,” said Tara Luellen, Coworking Station’s community manager. “I envision guys bouncing ideas off of each other as they have them. Just really a lot of collaboration, and I think the people in the open spaces will definitely be more exposed to that.”
The Coworking Station features 45 work stations, including private and shared offices, with access to standard office resources, including high-speed Internet and off-site staff to provide tenants with technical assistance.
There is a break room with granite counter tops, cabinets and appliances; coffee makers; and two taps with beer from Holly Springs-based Carolina Brewing Company.
Two red telephone box-style rooms give members a quiet place to make a phone call. The entire space also features the original floors and exposed brick of one of the oldest buildings in Holly Springs.
Rent runs from $99 for a five-day pass to $599 per month for a private office suite. This includes free beverages, unlimited Internet and more. Conference rooms also can be rented starting at $5 per hour.
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.
“A lot of people share my same vision, passion about seeing the different businesses work together,” Luellen said. “So they are looking for that network or that community that you can’t get if you’re working from home or, a lot of times, even in a corporate environment.”
A handful of people already have made the Coworking Station their workplace, including Fuquay-Varina resident Jon Allen, who runs a nonprofit based out of Indiana.
“I shifted over here just to have a little bit more interpersonal interaction in terms of, like, the day-to-day, remote-working environment,” he said.
Luellen said in the few days the Coworking Station has been open, she already has given several tours and had many tour requests.
“Within the next month, I would think that most of our private offices will be gone,” she said.
The future of the space
The Town of Holly Springs invested nearly $30,000 to renovate the former Holly Springs Police Department facility before the Coworking Station opened.
The town leased the building to Holly Springs resident and business owner Jon Harol to develop and operate the co-working space for three years.
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 on building a two-story, traditional main street building two blocks away to make the transition to the new building seamless at the end of the three-year lease.
In the meantime, Luellen said, she will be gathering information from renters about what they would want to see in the new building.
“It will be similar and different,” she said. “Similar in a lot of respects. I think we’ll have the same goals, the same things in mind, but we’ll be able to offer our members really more of what they want.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon
For more on Coworking Station, go to coworkingstation.spaces.nexudus.com