Coworking

Amber Lawless and her son Grayson Lawless stand in front of the proposed Fort Builder Co-Work space on State Street.

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BOISE — Entrepreneurs and independent workers in Boise will soon have a new option for office space, this time outside of the downtown core.

On Tuesday, Boise City Council approved a rezone request for a former site of Cluff Floral on State Street in the Collister neighborhood to be renovated into a co-working space. Set to be called the Fort Builder Co-Work space, the building at 5304 State St. will have room for independent workers to work on projects by themselves or with others with high-speed internet, smart boards and office supplies available. There will be room for working both indoors and outside.

Amber Lawless, whose company Fort Builder LLC is starting up the space, said she and her three children have long been self-employed and wanted to create a place to support people with community connections and resources to be successful.

“We’re just trying to create a little oasis on this busy street,” Lawless said, while pointing out how the backyard will be landscaped with decks and mature trees.

Boise already has co-working spaces available such as Trailhead in downtown Boise, but Lawless said the goal of this project is provide a resource in a residential neighborhood not currently served by a similar service. She hopes the space will be available for members who live nearby to work during the day, but also be available for community events in the evening, like book clubs or community dinners.She estimated that membership would start at roughly $125 per month, with dedicated desk space costing extra.

The back of the site will have garden beds for users to grow produce, and a full kitchen will be available for meal preparation during the day. Future plans for the site include a child care co-op with “very limited hours” to allow parents to complete phone calls or participate in a business meeting while their child is cared for on site.

Margaret Carmel covers the city of Boise. Follow her on Twitter @mlcarmel or reach her by phone at 757-705-8066.

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