Coworking and community space COhatch celebrated the grand opening of its eighth Central Ohio location on Saturday, October 16.
COhatch Dublin is the group’s first new-build, nestled behind its partner, North High Brewing, at 25 N. High St. in Old Dublin.
Overlooking the Scioto River, the new location features a number of amenities that reiterate COhatch’s commitment to being more than just a workspace.
“With this location, I was really trying to give a physical example of a lot of the lifestyle stuff we do besides work,” says Matt Davis, COhatch co-founder & CEO.
Memberships also include access to COhatch-owned gym Mesh Fitness, located just across the river in Bridge Park, and an indoor bar and patio that’s COhatch by day, North High Brewing by night.
Whether it’s members working out and addressing their health, using the space to connect with family and friends, or the purpose that started it all of having a place to pursue their careers, “It’s easy for us to explain the value that we create here,” Davis says.
While there’s plenty of emphasis on life beyond work, the coworking space includes the traditional offerings of a COhatch location. Spread across three floors and 9,700 square feet, there are 28 private offices, of which all but two are spoken for, open coworking space, phone booths and six meeting rooms – all designed to activate and integrate in a number of different ways.
Davis expects Dublin to be one of their busiest coworking locations yet. With memberships including across-the-board access to other COhatch offices, there’s always a shift of coworkers as members may find a new spot closer to home that works better for them.
If the demand is any indication, Dublin has long been on the list for COhatch.
“The city of Dublin has a very big vision of what it wants to become in the future,” Davis says.
And the coworking space worked with the city to be a part of that plan. COhatch is not only located in a dense, walkable part of the city, but helps activate and connect Old Dublin and Bridge Park.
Dublin is the second opening for COhatch in 2021, which has still been full steam ahead with its expansion plans despite the pandemic.
COhatch’s Gateway location opened earlier this summer in collaboration with The Ohio State University. It’s unique for the coworking chain, sitting in a more urban setting and being more focused on startup incubation.
Davis describes it as “incubating their own incubator.” He wants to create the space and resources he needed when he was trying to start businesses as a young, 20-something entrepreneur – a community of people, education, potential funding and a platform.
The office is home to four venture capital firms, an accelerator and a COhatch ecosystem that looks to other members in the network to create educational opportunities.
COhatch also recently announced plans to expand to yet another Central Ohio suburb – Westerville. In another historic renovation project, the group will transform the Westerville Armory building at 240 S. State St. The 15,000 square foot building is part of a 2.3 acre site that will feature plenty of indoor-outdoor workspace, a live music & event venue, walkable gardens and a four seasons room, as well as another North High restaurant and brewpub. That location is slated to open in fall 2022.
COhatch operates eight work-live spaces in Central Ohio: two in Worthington as well as Upper Arlington, Polaris, Gateway in the University District, Easton, Dublin and Delaware. The coworking company has expanded to three additional cities in Ohio: Springfield, Cleveland and Cincinnati, and two out of state markets: Tampa and Indianapolis.
For more information, visit columbus.cohatch.com.
All photos by Susan Post