We had a good turnout on Saturday and looked at two places. One of the two
also has a smaller/cheaper little sister that we didn't see directly but
which I'm getting more information about.
Here's a summary of what we saw/discussed. Please chime in if I missed
1) Any of the spaces would meet our needs but in very different ways. The
smallest space would be affordable now with the number of committed members
we currently have. It would be basically a shared workshop. (Assuming
$30/month member dues)
The middle space is twice as large but we would need at least 15 committed
members. It's large enough for a shop and could (barely) serve to run
Both of these spaces are very basic but serviceable. There's only a single
shared bathroom for the entire facility and it is, to put it mildly, "a
The largest space is very nice. It's modern, professional appearing, and
would be quite comfortable. It's also the kind of place where we could run
classes to raise additional revenue and expand membership. To make it
work, we would need 20 or more committed members AND a viable plan
to continuously run classes that generate additional revenue.
2) There seemed to be general consensus that as nice as the big space is,
we don't have either the membership or organizational discipline to pull it
3) Moving/upgrading spaces won't be difficult as we grow so starting small
Bottom line conclusion: We want to move forward with either the small or
medium space. To do so, we're going to take a vote. The vote will happen
in the form of a meeting to occur in December.
Your vote will be a check for three months dues ($90). This will cover
first and last months rent and security deposit. We'll decide on which
space we rent based on the number of committed members we have. If we
don't raise enough for the small space, all checks will be returned.
All paying members will have equal access to the space and a vote in the
operating rules to be established.
My suggestion would be the December 20th Hacknight meeting at Zach's place
to take a vote.