Could this be our new coworking space in Abbotsford?

Coworking wannabes in Abbotsford: we toured a space today in downtown old Abbotsford, BC, that might just work for our coworking initiative. The “we” is me (duh) and Matt Farley, my partner in coworking crime.

As you know if you’ve been following this blog, we’ve been working to introduce coworking to the Fraser Valley – specifically Abbotsford. Coworking is an innovative new way of working that combines the best parts of a coffee shop, the home office, and work. It’s bringing needed social and networking qualities to the army of telecommuters. And it’s enabling working in your community, near your home, without the commute.

(More details here and here.)

The best place for a coworking facility is fairly close to you (so you don’t have a commute) and fairly close to lots of amenities and transit. This one scores pretty highly. Here’s where it is, smack in the middle of old downtown Abbotsford (away from big-box land and suburban sprawl):

How big? How is the space configured?
The space is about 4000 3000 square feet, so there’s plenty of room. It’s got some office space (4 offices) which are separate, but open to the high ceiling. And some dedicated desk space … and some open space where we can put some tables, sofas, chairs … all the goodies for a comfortable shared workspace.

The main entrance area, where we could put some tables:
Coworking Abbotsford: main open space

Where we might have some dedicated desks:
Coworking Abbotsford: dedicated desk space

And yeah, a full kitchen. Move in ready!
Coworking Abbotsford: the kitchen

A conference room for Big Important Meetings™ …
Coworking Abbotsford: conference room

Even a storage room for Stuff™ and maybe bikes, etc.
Coworking Abbotsford: storage room

So, what do you think?
Any thoughts? Looking good? Or, not a great location?

Let us know what you think …

And … of course … join us!
Let us know that you’re interested in a new way of working … check out our Coworking Abbotsford home page, and fill out the form. We’ll then keep you up-to-date on our progress.