Having successfully reached its scaled-back crowdfundraising goals with a $10,000 Indiegogo run back in September, the team behind the Houston Makerspace says it has secured a lease for 21,000 sq. ft. in this warehouse building at 100 Hutcheson St., 4 blocks north of the coming rail line on Harrisburg. Inside, eventually, will be shops for jewelry fabrication, screen printing, rapid prototyping (with a laser cutter and 3D printers), carpentry, metalwork, and sewing and textile work, and plain ol’ work work. There are also plans to put in a commercial kitchen and classrooms, install 3,000 sq. ft. of climate-controlled office, studio, and lounge space. Outside, they hope to set up a garden.
But before the membership-based startup can start work in these spaces, it’s looking for a little help of a more uh, janitorial nature. This Saturday, it’s hoping to get prospective members to attend one of a series of “cleaning parties” to “tidy up” the warehouse before all the tools and machines move in.
Founder Maclean Smyth, who moved back to Houston from San Francisco last year, says she was prompted to create the facility after finding access to expensive tools a lot more difficult here than it had been for her in the Bay Area. Though the money raised won’t fill the Makerspace with all the equipment it hopes to have, the group believes it has enough to get started, and is looking for memberships, drop-in fees, and additional fundraising to help fund the difference.
- Houston Makerspace officially has a brick and mortar location! [Houston Makerspace]
- Houston Makerspace to Make Space for Makers in East Downtown [Glasstire]
- Houston Makerspace Cleaning Party! [Facebook]
- Houston Makerspace [Indiegogo]
Photos: Marisa Brodie