Bounce Innovation Hub will open its public first floor, with a coworking space and cafe, in May February 26th, 2019 by Rosalie Murphy Bounce Innovation Hub will continue its transformation of a former B.F. Goodrich factory at the south end of downtown Akron in May, when the economic development nonprofit will open space to the public for the first time. Until now, the nine-story building has housed only companies, who can rent space in the building and get access to business startup support services and coaching. The ground floor will be known as “the Generator.” It will house a coffee shop and cafe, a coworking space, a makerspace and conference rooms, which anyone can use. “We need to keep people from leaving, and part of it is that young university talent who are graduating — what can get them to stay?” said Mayor Dan Horrigan at a preview event Monday. “This is a great reason right here.” Renderings for the Generator were released Monday. Nearly every aspect of the design by Hazel Tree Design Studios, from furniture to murals to the materials themselves, is Akron-based. Facade: Parklet seating area by Dominic Falcione of Krunchworks Design+Build. Lighting installation on side of building by Power Media. Artwork by Jessica Loftus. Cafe: Tabletops by Ed Lewis of Lewis Quality Interiors and John Wilkie of Revere Refinishing. The wood was sourced from the City of Akron Arborist, who says it came from a fallen black oak tree in Akron. End tables by Jason Horinger of Birchwood Supply Co. Mural by Lizzi Aronhalt. Lounge: Coffee tables by Ed Lewis of Lewis Quality Interiors, John Wilkie of Revere Refinishing and Doug Meyer of Rustbelt Rebirth. Locally sourced black oak wood. Pillows by Jessica Skinner of JBurgess Designs. Murals by Matt Miller. According to Jessica Melton, director of community and partnerships for Bounce, rates for the space will be: Private offices starting at $500 per monthReserved desks with 24/7 access to the space: $250 per month24/7 access to the space without a reserved desk: $150 per monthDay pass, which allows access from 8 am – 5 pm: $10, with possible bundling options available Jessica says members will have access to free coffee, conference rooms, mailboxes, educational programming and perks like occasional on-site yoga. The coworking space will have room for 67 people, including eight private offices and 16 reserved desks. Four conference rooms, with capacity ranging from five people to 30 people, and a 250-person event space will be available for public rentals. Remarkable Coffee and Cafe will be managed by Dan Remark, founder of Magic City’s Remarkable Diner in Barberton and a former executive chef at the Mustard Seed Market and Cafe. Bounce was formerly the Akron Accelerator, a city-owned and -operated economic development agency. Bounce spun off in January 2018 and is now an independent nonprofit. However, the city still owns the nine-story former B.F. Goodrich factory out of which Bounce operates. Rosalie Murphy is Editor-in-Chief of The Devil Strip. Tell your friends:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related One Response Akronites who had a breakout year in 2019 - THE DEVIL STRIP December 30th, 2019 […] the coming renaissance when it opened in late 2018. In the spring, Bounce Innovation Hub opened The Generator, a coworking space that also includes Canal Place’s first public coffee shop and lunch counter. […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.