For innovators in Waterville, Maine, there is no better space than Hathaway Creative Center. For starters, the office is opposite a brewery. It has a central location known to almost everyone. The first-floor co-working space is being operated and managed by Bricks Coworking & Innovation Space. Fees are also reasonable, from $30 per day to $290 for an exclusive desk. Entrepreneurs with privacy concerns can opt for a private office at $490 per month.
RJ Anzelc, the founder of Bricks Coworking & Innovation Space said he decided to take the Hathaway Center as he is from Waterville. He worked in software, with stints in companies like Collaborative Consulting. He presently does remote work for a Boston-headquartered company.
Anzelc is optimistic about the space. When finished, it will have 20 working stations, conference room, and three private offices. Entrepreneurs will have complete access to office resources like scanning, printing, and high-speed Internet. They can also connect with off-site officials capable of connecting business people with business development and technical assistance. A news release on this matter states that the space comes with a kitchenette and lounge with appliances and also high-top tables. The space has 16-foot high ceilings and original floors. The walls are exposed brick.
Hathaway Center, for its part, has become a much-coveted piece of real estate in the course of 2017 and 2018. The building has premium apartments on its higher floors. It also has Waterville's first microbrewery- Waterville Brewing Co. An antique shop is also present.
Central Maine Growth Council's economic development specialist, Garvin Donegan, said that other than the three private offices, there will be a Starbucks-like setup for the common working area. The space would be convenient, comfortable, and flexible. The Central Maine Growth Council is a public and private collaborative group. According to Donegan, tenants of the co-working space would have access to resources needed for development. He pointed out the nearby colleges and the available technical assistance to develop any ideas. He said the space is more an innovation lab compared to be a coworking space.
The space is currently occupied by Central Maine Growth Council. The latter uses it for the Central Maine Tech Nights, a series of events held at regular intervals. Donegan said the space will be continued to be used to host such events since it will be a technology hub. The space can be utilized for pitches and tech talks.