- 1 Chicago TIF Zone Information
- 2 New Location Requirements
- 3 Prospective buildings
- 4 Budget Projections
- 5 Building Search Strategies
- 6 Other Thoughts
- 7 Candidate Locations
- 8 Space comparison table
Chicago TIF Zone Information
New Location Requirements
- 5000 ft2 - 10000 ft2 or 460 m2 to 930 m2
- move in date on or after September 15th
- Light industrial or C1 zoning rating
- We will probably need about 1 month to move into the new space and we need at least a Six month agreement from April 15th, the earliest we could get out is October 15
- adequate plumbing--we need a bathroom that doesn't smell
- Decent heating/control of our own heating
- Good power - we only have 2x110V breakers we need more and also access to at least 220V and 220V 3-phase
- access to water in the space
- natural light
- High Ceilings > 16'
- a real kitchen - room to move around in
- Garage Door
- Secure Entrances
- very close to a 24 hour bus stop/el stop
- reasonable parking of some sort
- Decent neighborhood - check chicagocrime.org
- Food near by that is of high quality, affordable, and open 24/7
- nearby grocery store
- Storage - room for lockers and materials
- ability to modify/improve the structure to test out green tech (thus lowering our heating bills) and to get a discount on rent for it.
- Avondale - same neighborhood as currently - shawn
- Uki-Village - jim
- Bucktown/wickerpark - jim
- Bridgeport - ryan
- West Loop - anne
- UIC - anne
- Logan Square - eli/shawn
- Pilsen - john/anne
Report should contain
- generating reports on each neighborhood - due January 31
- crime rate
- potential partners
- history with local organizations
- public transport
- 24/7 availability and bus tracker
- Parking availability
- home despot/big box stores
- local organizations
- how industrial is the area
- local schools
- Chicago Artists Resource Space Finder - http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/spacefinder
- Get in contact with http://bubblydynamics.com/ they run a lot of our type of space and will probably be all for helping us find something useful
- talk to the Transamoeba/Catalyst folks (burners), they run spaces that are... comparable
- Edgewater Development Corporation - http://www.edgewaterdev.org/
- Links to images/exact
- square footage:
Currently we have 37 full members and 5 members at the starving hackers rate, which puts out monthly income at $1800/mo.
Building Search Strategies
Prioritize personal contacts, but explore other options at lower priority.
- Dan Simborg: Transamoeba/Catalyst collective (Burning Man community groups)
- John Podmajersky: major property owner in Pilsen
- Michael Burton: Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
- Payton Chung: works at Congress for New Urbanism
- Center for Neighborhood Technology
- Mark Norton: broker at Grubb & Ellis commercial real estate in Boston (my cousin)
- Jim Higdon: VP at Grubb & Ellis commercial real estate in Chicago.
- Gary Sigman: on the board of the Edgewater Development Corporation (my boss)
Real Estate Agents
- Steve Krzysiak is a licensed realtor with SourceOne Realty willing to represent and help PSO in anyway needed when acquiring a space, and will contribute his commission-taxes as a donation to PSO.
Probably not a good idea to take seriously until we come close to move-out date. However, it is a good way to get a feel on what the rental market is like and what we can realistically expect.
They know what's going on in their wards. They want nonprofits like us.
Your eyes and ears
As you travel around the city, keep an eye out for properties for rent or sale, and promising neighborhoods.
What do you think the relation between members and available space is? I estimate that we will experience greater than linear growth for a linear increase in space.
To clarify, I feel that the difference in member capacity between a space that is 3000 sq. ft. and one that is 4500 sq. ft. is more than 50% of the first space.
- contact info:
- other information:
- PS1 person investigating candidate:
address: 2150 S Canalport (Lacuna)
report for John's visit on 12/18/09
- contact info: Natalie Stubbs firstname.lastname@example.org 773 552 2355
- size: Various (saw one 3000 square foot space, another 5000 square foot space, in an 80,000 square foot building)
- price: $1.25-1.75/sq ft as of 12/18/09
- other information:
- loft spaces
- 3000 foot space finished on 4th floor, 5000 square foot on 5th not
- $1.25 for 5th floor space without natural light, $1.75 with
- nice view of city
- space for large rooftop deck--not built as of this visit
- small kitchen/bath on 4th floor
- large elevator
- They want to sell quickly. They are on a shorter timeline than us. Would not be a surprise if they had difficulty filling the building. Time is on our side with this candidate. Bears watching.
- from the email where we found this:
- Short or long-term lease
- All utilities included (HVAC, A/C, Electric, Water Usage)
- Abundant on-site parking
- Secured entry / In-house management
- Large freight elevators
- Exposed brick walls
- Original timber wood style beams and wood floors
- Updated lighting & electrical
- Free WI-FI access
- A sunny roof-top deck with northern panoramic views of the Chicago's famous skyline,
- In-house gallery hosted by Byron Brazier, Jr of THE HEIR GALLERY.
- In addition to its impressive size, LACUNA offers studios ranging from 250 to 1000+ sqft and can be modified to specific needs.
- PS1 person investigating candidate: John Stoner
Space comparison table
|2603 W. Barry (bigger portion)||2609 W. Barry||800 W. Huron||3354 N. Elston||1157 W. Grand||470 N. Milwaukee||4317 W. Irving Park|
|Utilities||Gas: 500-1200 Elec: 300-400||separate||$562.50||Included in Rent||separate||separate||separate|
|Kitchen||Hook ups||maybe, kitchen on shared wall in next unit.||~100sqft exclusive kitchenette||Partial kitchen (sink & fridge)||No||No||No|
|Garage||Yes||Yes||No||Yes (shared)||3 OF 'EM! (one's even an airlock)||Yes||Yes|
|Heat||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, but only in the room next to the garage||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Parking||Ample street, bikes in garage||Ample street, bikes in garage||2 for rent, free parking nearby||Ample street, bikes in garage||Street||Some street, mostly metered||Ample street, no meters or numbered parking, bikes in garage|
|Transit||Blue line, Belmont bus||Blue line, Belmont bus||Blue line, Chicago bus, Halsted bus, Brown line||Blue line, Belmont bus||Grand Bus right in front, Blue line few blocks off||Grand Blue line on the same block||Irving Park Blue Line 0.3 miles down the street|
|Outdoor Space||?||?||?||Garage accessible back alley||Garage(s) accessible back alley||Available but in plain view||Garage accessible back alley|