As a part of the lease agreement for Hack Factory of Minnesota, TCMaker was offered the option to rent space in a tiered fashion: more space for more money. Initially we elected to take the smallest section, with the understanding that, if another tenant wanted the whole space, the landlord could rent it to them instead of us, but only after offering us first right of refusal on the entire space.
Another tenant has approached the landlord, indicating an interest in acquiring the entire space. TCMaker has until this Thursday- January 7- to decide what to do.
Here’s what we need from you: we need 31 more of you to pay your $50 in dues for the month of January by this Wednesday. Pretty simple, right? Some of you have paid your dues already, and for that we thank you. Others of you intended to pay at our meeting last week, but were stymied by a technical fault, and for that we apologize. But, the long and short of it is we need to KNOW how many people we can expect to pay dues this month, and next month, and the month after that.
Donations are, of course, still welcome; we’ll need more than this if we hope to buy cool toys to stock the space with. And if you really can’t afford $50 a month, please contact me directly and we’ll try to work something out that will keep you involved and get you access to the space.
If we can’t get this member support now, this venture stands a good chance of failing. If you want to see a hackerspace open in the Twin Cities, now is the time to step up and make it happen. We need YOU. Dues can be paid (cash or check, receipts will be issued) at this Wednesday’s meeting at the Minnesota Hack Factory, by PayPal to twincitiesmaker at gmail, or by mail. The mailing address is available upon request- do not send checks to the Hack Factory address.
Twin Cities Maker
PS- If you haven’t seen the Hack Factory space, this Wednesday we’ll be having a meeting at 7pm there. As an added bonus, some members have volunteered to bring in electronics for salvage and sharing- you’re welcome to bring your own scrap to share if you like, or tools to aid in the destruction! We’ve done this before and it’s always a blast! You’ll find the Hack Factory at 3119 E 26th St; see the the TCMaker blog post for more details, note it is still a good idea to bring a chair with you if you plan on coming.
* 12/4/09 6:00 update we have already raised over half of the needed amount to secure the space for next month. We all are very hopeful and with everybody’s help we can make this happen. Again TC maker is also accepting donations above and beyond the $50 dollar mark, if you want to see this hacker space take off like many of the others around the country have it time to help out.
Also to be clear we are asking for more money because we are getting a bigger space, the whole thing and it’s pretty significant and still a bargain for what is included.
If you have any other ideas that might benefit the group please leave a comment or contact Mike Hord you can private message him on the forum his handle is uptownmaker.