COhatch set to become new tenant

COhatch set to become new tenant

Updated: May 29, 2018




More than three months after Sweet Carrot pulled out of its deal to become the first tenant of the Kilbourne Memorial Building, the city of Worthington has a replacement tenant for the space.


More than three months after Sweet Carrot pulled out of its deal to become the first tenant of the Kilbourne Memorial Building, the city of Worthington has a replacement tenant for the space.


Co-founders Matt Davis and Ryan Fogelman are bringing their co-working space COhatch to the site, commonly known as the 752 Building, for a second Worthington location. COhatch will use the remaining space in the main portion of the building -- as well as the vacant basement -- joining Sew to Speak, which opened this summer.


Economic Development Manager David McCorkle said the city was thrilled to have COhatch on board, and the company “made a lot of sense” for the site.


“They have a lot of interest from people that are mobile and within walking distance,” he said. “So a large part of their draw is that you work where you live and you play in the same place. And being able to walk from home, whether just to escape your home office one day a week or one day a month, they found that a lot of people were looking for a creative and collaborative place to go that wasn’t downtown Columbus and having to deal with parking there.”


COhatch opened its first Worthington location at 659 High St. in September and was almost immediately booked completely. Davis said it was obvious they needed another location.


“The city has embraced the first location ... so much that we’ve basically run out of our space before we opened,” he said. “We thought it was a no-brainer to go downtown here. That building is so beautiful and we love restoring old, beautiful buildings.”


Because Sweet Carrot didn’t make any of its planned renovations at the building, COhatch will be on a similar agreement with the city.


Rather than paying rent over the first 10 years in the space, the company will pay for around $510,000 in renovations to its portion of the building. For the city, the agreement allows its to keep funds free for other projects.


McCorkle also said the deal will require COhatch to put a patio on the outside of the building that will be for public use.


“It’s very important that the Worthington community can still have access to this building,” he said. “The Village Green is very active and we would really like to have a nice patio across from there for our residents to enjoy.”


McCorkle and Davis are perhaps most excited about the basement, which will serve as an ever-changing “maker space” which could host anything from art galleries to 3-D printing tools, giving the community access to creative projects they may not have been able to achieve otherwise.


“It should be able to provide a very novel concept to fit the demands of a city like Worthington,” Davis said.


COhatch hopes to begin construction in early 2017 and open the location by June.

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