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Downtown York coworking space to close in October

CoWork155, a shared work space in downtown York, plans to close its doors in October after four-plus years of offering “creativity in community” to business people.

CoWork155 opened in June 2013 at 155 W. Market St. but moved earlier this year to a new site in the One West mixed-use apartment/office building in York’s Continental Square, at 1 W. Market St., Suite 210. Its last day is scheduled to be Oct. 15, CoWork officials announced Tuesday.

“For the past four years, CoWork155 and its members have lived the principles of coworking, providing York with a place for community, collaboration, openness, sustainability and accessibility,” said JJ Sheffer, operations manager of the business.

Sheffer has run CoWork155 along with fellow York County businesswoman Kristin Byrnes Baker. The space has hosted business, networking and other meetings along with serving as an independent workspace.

“Many people have worked in our community and used it as a springboard to venture out on their own. We are so proud of what we all created together,” Sheffer said in a letter posted on CoWork155’s website.

However, “the model we have used is based on a critical mass of members, and we no longer have that in our current location,” Sheffer said.

A variety of independent businesses, marketing and IT professionals and others have been members of CoWork. The Business Journal has been a CoWork155 member since May 2014.

Believed to be the only co-working space in York, CoWork155 is “a membership-based community that provides quiet works pace and private meeting rooms to a network of independent professionals,” along with business amenities, training and professional-development opportunities, its webpage states.

A lease has been signed to rent the current CoWork155 space as an apartment, CoWork officials also said.

There soon could be other coworking opportunities in York, Sheffer noted. The new “Working Class” venture, a so-called makerspace housed in the Rudy Art Glass building on Philadelphia Street, may have coworking space available by next spring, and there may also be collaborative workspaces to fill the gap once CoWork closes, she said.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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