Hunt Street Station, a coworking space near Eastern Market, officially reopened on June 1 after a nearly three-month closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Following extensive consultation with community members and other coworking spaces, Hunt Street has implemented new protocols and outdoor spaces to provide members with a safe and functional working environment.
“With all of our outdoor space and accommodations, we think Hunt Street is a great option for someone who wants to get out of the house, but still feel safe at work,” Community Manager Alex Mayo says.
The coworking space, which is run out of a historic former police precinct built-in 1897 just off Gratiot Avenue, now has two outdoor areas fully equipped for remote work while also maximizing comfort and safe social distance practices. Both the second-story deck and green space outside the building’s side entrance have a variety of patio tables and chairs, hi-speed Wi-Fi, firepits, and more. The owners run an education technology consulting company, Macro Connect, out of an office in the building and pride themselves on being responsive to community needs and concerns.
Numerous other safety measures have been instituted as well. Each member must fill out a sign-in form every time they plan on working from Hunt Street in order to enable contact tracing. Touchless thermometers are available for temperature checks, and gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer are provided as well. Management has installed step and pull door openers on first-floor bathrooms and MERV13 air filters on all furnaces. And since new windows were installed during the building’s recent remodel, nearly 90 windows can be opened to improve airflow and fresh air exchange. Signs have been placed around the building stressing safety, mask-wearing, and social distancing of at least six feet.
See Hunt Street Station’s full list of policies around COVID-19 here.
“I attended countless hours of webinars and read numerous documents to prepare for our reopening,” Co-Founder Sina Morin says. “But ultimately we wouldn’t have opened if we didn’t feel safe ourselves.”
Hunt Street Station is also offering deals to new members. Those who choose to pay the full amount of a six-month floating or dedicated desk membership will get one month free. Full payment of a year membership will get two months free. Day passes are also available for free upon request.
See the coworking space’s four membership levels here. All plans include access to the internet, conference rooms, printing and scanning, coffee, shared spaces, virtual yoga and happy hours, and more. To see the space from the comfort of your computer, visit the virtual tour.
The building can also be rented out for small outdoor gatherings. On June 1, the same day Hunt Street reopened, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, lifted Michigan’s stay-at-home order easing limits on assembly. Now, groups of under 100 can gather outdoors if they social distance.
All inquiries about memberships, rentals, and safety can be sent to community manager Alex Mayo at firstname.lastname@example.org.