We’re a week away from WorkBar Arlington’s grand opening. At last, a place to work, hold meetings and keep it professional. Arlington Entrepreneurs is working closely with WorkBar to bring their services to our community. Stay tuned for further developments!
Workbar, Boston’s original coworking company, in collaboration with Mirak Properties of Arlington, MA, will open its fourth location in a historic mill building at 1167 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington. Workbar Arlington will occupy 5000 square feet and feature full coworking amenities, including high-speed Internet, meeting rooms and printing.
Members of Workbar Arlington will enjoy a range of memberships crafted to support entrepreneurs, independent professionals and remote workers, as well a strong community enhanced by events, programming and skill sharing.
1167 Massachusetts Ave is a historic mill dating to the 1850’s and easily accessible by auto and public transit as well as the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. The building and its surrounding landscape are being renovated to accommodate state of the art energy systems, including high efficiency windows and doors, solar panels, geothermal energy, and enhanced green space, all while remaining sensitive to the mill’s historic design.
Workbar, which launched in Downtown Boston in 2009, provides both community and convenience for its members. The ten coworking locations in the Workbar Network, including six partner spaces, provide Massachusetts entrepreneurs with quality locations near where they live, a strong regional community, and the option to work from any space in the Network.
“Arlington is a natural location for Workbar. Because so many small businesses and independent professionals are here in town, we see tons of potential for coworking,” said Bill Jacobson, CEO & Founder of Workbar. “With high tech neighbors like Glance Networks, Sunbug Solar, Spy Pond Partners and Media Electric, we are in good company in a great building.”
The Town of Arlington has shown a strong commitment to innovation and coworking, sponsoring informational sessions and panel discussions over the past two years, and will host, in partnership with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlington Entrepreneurs, a coworking information session on October 21st at 7pm at Town Hall (in the Lyons Hearing Room).
“Educating residents on new ways of working is an important part of our planning and economic development mission,” says Ted Fields, Economic Development Planner in the Department of Planning and Community Development. “Anyone interested in exploring coworking or other innovative office use is welcome to attend. Please contact 781-316-3095 or email@example.com for more information about this event.”
Jill Mirak, vice president of Mirak Properties and project manager for the Workbar renovation, echoed Fields’ opinion. “We are delighted to join forces with Workbar in this 21st Century business of coworking.”
Workbar is a network of shared, coworking office spaces for all business types – including startups, independent professionals, small businesses, and remote teams from large enterprises. Along with diverse and productive work environments, events, and programming, Workbar fosters a vibrant community of 800 members from over 500 different companies. Started in 2009, Workbar has thus far grown to three coworking centers, with Arlington joining as the fourth, and nine regional network spaces throughout the Greater Boston area, including the UMass Lowell iHub, Running Start in Worcester, Work Station in Cohasset, the Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center, Fields Corner Business Lab in Dorchester, and Groundwork! in New Bedford, as well as industry specific Centers of Excellence in Adtech, with Mullen Lowe, fintech with DCU, and Health Innovation, with IHI.
About Mirak Properties
Incorporated in 1932 by John Mirak, an immigrant from Armenia, and now in its third generation, Mirak Properties has grown into a Greater Boston real estate enterprise with commercial, industrial, office and residential developments in Arlington, Boston, Winthrop, Malden and Everett. The company is headed by Bob Mirak and his daughters, Jill and Jennifer Mirak, and has ties with Mirak Chevrolet and Mirak Hyundai. The Mirak family has a philanthropic arm, the John Mirak Foundation, which supports local charities as well as those in Armenia.