The CO+ will be a 10,000 square-foot development that will foster New Bedford’s creative economy. Located on 139/141 Union St, this abandoned block will be transformed into a collaborative retail, living and arts space that includes a community gallery, education center and maker space in the heart of downtown’s historic district. The grand opening is set for this November 2017.
WHALE, as owner and developer, is looking for individuals or businesses that align in some way with CO+, meaning:
a creative or community-based initiative such as a non-profit/individual/collective group
a start-up/business that will stimulate the economy of that block, such as a start-up or emerging shop or company
an artist or maker that wants a studio space for their craft
Rentals currently available:
At 139 Union St.: two affordable, long-term offices (81sf and 101sf) on the second floor with a conference space and copier to be shared with other non-profits. The CO+ hopes to attract another non-profit or community-driven initiative that compliments signed tenants.
Rentals are affordable and vary! For more information, call Executive Director Teri Bernert at (508) 997-1776. Eligible candidates will be invited to a site visit
The CO+ is right beside Downtown New Bedford’s Custom Square Park. It is the only block that sits on overlapping designations within all three downtown districts: Seaport Cultural District, Whaling National Historical Park and the Transformative Development Initiative. It has become the city’s vibrant, cultural hub right by the working waterfront.