There are many great things about living and working in Sewickley: the wonderful schools, the historic homes, a vibrant small village atmosphere, amenities like the YMCA, Public Library, and Sweetwater Center for the Arts to name a few. However, a recent article by Next Pittsburgh about predictions for the city of Pittsburgh over the next ten years got us thinking about what developments could benefit our town in the future.
Within Sewickley's central business district - or Village Overlay - opportunities for small office space are limited. This shortage is evidenced by the large number of people conducting their work at Crazy Mocha, Starbucks or the Public Library. A possible solution to this need is the concept of co-working space. Co-working arrangements offer small businesses the ability to have big company benefits such as conference rooms and lounges; services such as internet access, printing, phone answering, and mail-handling. They also offer the option to choose between private office space or open spaces with dedicated desks. Another unique aspect of this concept is the flexibility - it offers users choices of membership types that suit their individual needs and budget with the convenience of paying month-to-month rather than a long-term lease. Additional benefits of the co-working concept are:
- Increased opportunities for business-to-business resource-sharing
- Possible integration of a public event space to encourage collaboration with organizations in town such as Art Space 616, The Village Theater Company, and Center for Young Musicians.
- Showcase Sewickley as a place for innovative business development.