7 Union Street: Spark’s Permanent Home
With 9400 square feet, YOU will have
Increased workstations and studio space to learn, teach, and use for personal projects.
Space for new technology and tools to keep us up to date and moving forward
Greater access to classes through increased class sizes
Community space for gatherings and events for both small and large groups.
Space for additional workstations such as a spray booth or prototype lab
Flexible space and environment to accommodate New London’s future needs
AND space where Spark can invite youth to participate in our community culture through programming, events, and activities.
Spark has found a rare gem on Union Street. It is right in the heart of New London which is essential to the community impact we strive to achieve and being right downtown makes it an accessible and walkable location.
Thanks to Thames River Innovation Place’s (TRIP) generous support, Spark Makerspace, and two member investors formed an LLC and purchased Union Street in July 2020. The new building is presently being renovated with the first floor and storefront occupancy scheduled for March 2021.
TRIP is a great partner, and we are looking for community support to help match TRIP’s financial commitment to Spark’s new home. So, each donation will be 100% matched, doubling the dollars available to reach our goal.
Spark would also like to thank Chelsea Groton Bank, The Harkness Foundation, The Betts Family, and many others who have joined us to make Spark’s Vision – To be a vibrant, community hub for making, creativity and collaboration in southeastern CT- come alive.
Some Pictures from the new space:
Updates from our project lead John Davis
"John Davis here! Renovation work is getting underway. After spending the summer emptying out and cleaning the building which had sat idle for many years, on October 13th we applied for the building permit to replace the roof. This will include both the sloped asphalt roof and the flat rubber roof on two sides of the building. This work will begin in late October. Our next step which will begin soon is to further secure the exterior of Union Street by replacing the windows with thermal pane ones, and rebuilding the storefronts to also have energy-efficient windows. In a month or so we will then proceed to upgrade the electrical service to 400 amp. multi-phase power, and beginning on the HVAC system installation (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) for the building."