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Apr. 15, 2015 12:55 pm

Industrious is opening a 20,000-square-foot coworking space in Prospect Heights

The team anticipates opening the space in the middle of May.

Jamie Hodari and Justin Stewart, Industrious cofounders, in the forthcoming Brooklyn location.

(Photo courtesy of Industrious)

Industrious is in the middle of building out its first location in Brooklyn at 594 Dean Street. The Chicago coworking company is expanding to several cities across the country, including Philadelphia. The Brooklyn location is now available for touring and is 25 percent occupied, according to community manager Leah Alexander.

Industrious will have 20,000 square feet of space over three floors. As the image above shows, there’s a big emphasis on natural light in Industrious spaces, so the company is building a new third floor on the building, which will be floor-to-ceiling glass.

Coworking access starts at $500 per month. Technical.ly first learned of the company’s plans for Prospect Heights last August; the team anticipates opening in the middle of May.

“We have a unique combination of private offices with plenty of shared space to balance them out, so every member can decide for themselves their perfect blend of privacy versus networking and socializing,” Alexander wrote. Brooklyn Creative League, The Yard, Brooklyn Desks and BrooklynWorks at 159 all offer a mix, from flexspace to large private offices, as well.

Part of Industrious’s strategy seems to be upping the perks. In other words, if you want that startup vibe of sweet office and ample snacks, but don’t have the bandwidth on your staff to manage it, Industrious is a spot that will cover some of that for you. Alexander said that the Brooklyn site will feature daily coffee from Devocion and pastries from Colson.

“We also have events in the works with Mast Brothers, Kings County Distillery and Bedford Cheese,” Alexander wrote in an email. The site will also have a rooftop terrace and redundant fiber connections, to make sure internet access is reliable.

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As we recently reported: coffee is table stakes in coworking, but Brooklyn Creative League also keeps beer on tap.

Community philosophy is one element that many argue is critical to the success of coworking spaces. Alexander wrote, “We think of our Community Managers as concierges at a boutique hotel, rather than the front desk staff.” The cofounders spoke to the company’s philosophy with the Chicago Tribune as the company announced expansion plans.

Pinterest, Viggle and Instacart all have space in other Industrious locations, according to Jamie Hodari, one of the cofounders.

Anyone looking for coworking space in Brooklyn should consult our continuously updated list of coworking spaces. We’ve also visited most coworking spots here, at least once.

Industrious’s Brooklyn site is about a six-minute walk from a stop on the 2, the 3, the B and the Q. It’s roughly ten minutes to an A and C stop.

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