Red Echo

September 21, 2007

Yay for redevelopment: Adam and I got word last night that we are being evicted from the Rainier Cold Storage building. Sabey Inc. is apparently kicking everyone out as their leases expire, and the guy we’re subletting our space from just got his notice. We have until the end of November.

I suppose that means it’s time to find a new home for the Rocket Factory. We’d like a 1000 square foot shop with 220 power, concrete floors, and vehicle access, in a non-residential area right in the middle of Capitol Hill, for about $400 a month. That’d be totally great. I’m going to start looking at craigslist ads now.

More seriously, I’d love to take the Rocket Factory concept a step further: bring in more partners, obtain more tools, schedule more workshops. I’d like to set up regular “shop hours” and rent out bins or lockers where people can store the pieces of their projects-in-progress. Getting evicted so quickly sucks, especially after all the work we’ve done getting the place set up the way we want it, but maybe it’ll lead to something even more interesting.


  1. Oh, no! It drives me nuts that all the builders are getting pushed out of Georgetown. I will cross my fingers for you and you can have all of my good-moving-fu if you want it. Perhaps this is an opportunity for you to grow the Factory.

    Though I will miss seeing you climbing the outside of the building :P

    Comment by j like juliet e like echo november november alpha — September 21, 2007 @ 9:41 am

  2. Something like this?

    Comment by Paul — September 21, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  3. Yes, something like that, but they’re working on a much larger scale than I have in mind. I don’t need a “world-class workshop”; I just need somewhere I can teach little classes and make a mess I don’t have to clean up by the end of the day.

    Comment by mars — September 21, 2007 @ 10:37 am

  4. Heck I know where you can get 60,000 sq ft but the commute from there to here might be an impediment :)

    Comment by norm — September 21, 2007 @ 1:57 pm