After months of searching and negotiating, i3Detroit has a new home! It is 1481 Wordsworth, Ferndale.
Back in December, it was brought to our attention that we needed, and did not have, a Certificate of Occupancy for our space in Royal Oak. This set off a chain of events (to be detailed in a later post), culminating in the selection and negotiation of a new space in Ferndale. Not wishing to make the same mistake twice, we made our leasing contingent on the ability to get a C of O for the new space, which I’m happy to report happened this morning.
Briefly: The new space is huge. It’s 8,000 square feet (up from the 1500 we’ve been calling home) and mostly warehouse. It has commercial power, a large overhead door, and did I mention it’s huge? There’s some pretty significant renovation and remediation work yet to be done on the front “office” area, but the back “warehouse” portion is good to go.
As a group, we poured countless hours and thousands of personal dollars into overhauling the Royal Oak space, and we can’t recoup most of that investment. The drywall, the floors, the wiring fixes, the cleaning… None of that comes with us. It’s going to take a lot more work and materials to make Ferndale our new home.
We could use your help! We’ve set a goal of $5000 on our Kickstarter fundraiser, which will go a long way towards helping us meet build out costs! With your help, we can make the new space bigger and better than ever. Remember the first time you set foot inside i3Detroit? Please tell a friend!