Sector67 finds new home

By Allison Geyer, Isthmus

Sector67_Isthmus-webAfter about four years of searching, Sector67 founder Chris Meyer has found a new home for his acclaimed hackerspace and community workshop.

Meyer has negotiated a $400,000 contract to purchase a warehouse at 56 Corry St. on Madison’s east side and is in the process of raising funds to buy and renovate the building. The property is owned by Joe Krupp of Prime Urban Properties, and is currently being rented to Krupp General Contractors. So far, the nonprofit has raised about $580,000 towards the new space, which is more than 80 percent of its $700,000 target. Meyer hopes to move in within the next 12 to 18 months.

“To own our own space is something that we really wanted,” says Meyer, who has been renting warehouse space at 2100 Winnebago St. since he founded Sector67 in 2010. “There aren’t a lot of large, empty warehouses on the isthmus, and what is available is really expensive.”

Meyer always knew his time on Winnebago Street was limited — in 2012, his landlord, Accipiter Properties, gave warning that they were considering redeveloping the property. That particular project fell through, but as the economy recovered and as the surrounding Schenk-Atwood neighborhood became increasingly popular, Meyer knew Sector67’s space “wasn’t really safe.”

Later that year, Meyer started working with a group of local entrepreneurs to create the tech incubator StartingBlock, which would have provided a permanent home for Sector67. But as the project evolved and more partners came on board, terms changed and Meyer decided to break with the group in May 2016. Read more …

 

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