Hello fellow MakeICT members! I would like to share an update related to the recent activities of the New Building Committee as we pursue opportunities to grow our community.
The membership made it clear leading up to our annual meeting in June that one of the board’s priorities going into 2019 was to identify a new home for MakeICT’s makerspace. Working toward that end with the help of the board and area leads, we have compiled some basic criteria to use in identifying whether a potential location would meet our needs. Those criteria are:
- Approximately 20,000 square feet
- 24/7 access
- HVAC throughout
- Adequate utilities for equipment, such as electrical, gas, etc
- Close to downtown preferred
As we continue to refine and expand our criteria, we have conducted some informal searching for a space. Potential opportunities have been recorded on our admin drive so others interested can review.
During this time, one of our own members and longtime supporters, Curt Gridley, brought a building proposal to the MakeICT board. We are excited to be presented with this type of opportunity, but also want to proceed with caution as we do our best to evaluate this specific location as well as our organization’s true capacity to make such a change at this time.
Below you will find details about the proposed building and its location as well as the agreement and timeline. We would like to invite our membership to engage in this process by reviewing the proposal, asking questions, and expressing their desires for a new building. I’d like to ask that everyone remember our first standing rule and be excellent to each other during this time.
As one of the founding members of MakeICT, I am thrilled to see this community continuing to grow and am excited for what is to come regardless of the time and place. I am confident that our membership at large will collectively make a wise decision on this subject and am grateful to be a part of the process.
Thank you to each of you for your involvement in MakeICT, your many contributions to making in Wichita, and for engaging with our community during this time.
New Building Committee Lead
Location: 334 N St Francis
2½ blocks north of Douglas, just west of train tracks, SE corner of 3rd & St Francis
Immediately north of the new WAVE outdoor music venue that opens in September
Within 3 blocks of The Yard, City Arts, Old Town Square, downtown YMCA, Norton’s Brewing Co, Nifty Nut House, and Espresso to Go Go. 4½ blocks directly north of Intrust Bank Arena and 4½ blocks directly south of St Francis hospital.
Across from Flats 324 apartment building, with more lofts planned for NE corner of property.
Up to 18,000 square feet, including roughly 6,400 sq ft open warehouse
Overhead door in SE corner of warehouse space
Two stories with (planned) elevator access to second floor
Full heat and A/C in all areas
120/208V/1200Amp and 277/480V/1600Amp 3phase electrical service, along with gas service
150 parking spaces part of building property, and roughly 370 spaces ½ block south in free public lot
Main entrance to building planned for east side next to parking
See building plans here
Curt’s intent for the remainder of the 44,000 sq ft building is to develop a tech center with co-working space, meeting areas, studios, etc. likely owned and managed by a new non-profit entity
Financial info and proposed agreement:
3+ year lease starting at $5/sq ft/yr, increasing to $6/sq ft/yr in year 3
(MakeICT currently pays $3.81/sq ft/yr)
Estimate utility costs to double due to doubling our current space
Assuming no change to membership or dues and no donations, under this agreement MakeICT would run out of money at the end of 2019. Therefore this move would require a strategy to cover additional cost through increased membership, increased dues, and/or fundraising. Curt has asked MakeICT to provide evidence it can afford the lease terms, preferably in the form of a member-approved dues increase of $10/mo.
MakeICT membership meeting and subsequent vote in September to allow board to proceed with lease agreement
Pending membership and board approval, agreement signed in October and 6 month notice given on current property
Move in and start lease payments for new building in January 2019
Lease for 1500 E Douglas would end in April