Studio9 co-working space planned for Phoebus

Phoebus is upping its hip factor with the addition of a co-working space where creative independent professionals work alongside each other in a shared office area. The concept is popular in larger cities.

“The Peninsula is desperate for something like this, I think,” Mellen Street Creative President and Chief Operating Officer Claire Bellecci said. “I think there are creatives here. They’re just hidden.”

Mellen Street Creative plans to transform the first floor of its building at 9 E. Mellen St. into Studio9 for a fall opening, she said. Plans call for six workstations in the front and one private office with a kitchenette and coffee bar area and a shared conference room in the back.

Clients would rent the workstations on a monthly basis and the private office would be longer-term for an anchor tenant, Bellecci said. Workers have access to two levels of deck-space at the back of the building for networking or chatting.

The graphic design and web development firm didn’t need to use the downstairs space because it uses vendors for much of its printing. Still, tenants will have access to Mellen Street’s services, cutting table and wide-format printer for banners and posters, Bellecci said. Clients will also get space on Studio9’s

The co-working space could work not only for freelancers and entrepreneurs but for employees of companies who work remotely or come into town on business, Bellecci said. Plus, more restaurants, a brewery and other new businesses are creating a vibrancy in Phoebus, which she said has charm along with the feel of an urban neighborhood.

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Daily Press
September 11, 2015
Tara Bozick,Reporter