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.
DONATE TODAY to join our growing community of supporters. THANK YOU!!!
We are so excited to announce the color of our new home! Last week, we sent out a survey asking our members to pick the color of our new home and They chose Orange and Grey! Thank everyone so much for participating, we can’t wait to take the next step in making 7 Union Street feel like home.
Some Pictures from the new space:
Updates from our project lead John Davis
We're pleased to be able to report that the new roof has withstood the test of several rain and snow events in the last couple of months. All is dry! Additional work on Union Street has paused while we await new funding. We are excruciatingly close to receiving monies from two sources - revolving loans from the City of New London ($30K), and the next disbursement from Thames River Innovation Place ($50K). This will allow us to finish paying for the new roof, and to install the 34 new exterior windows which have been manufactured. We expect this will happen in the next two weeks. After that, we have been selected to receive a $10K Facade Grant for work on the front of the building, and we will work on receiving those funds. Finally, the Fundraising Committee and Board have been applying for a large loan against the building, which once approved will allow us to begin scheduling work on the interior, for things such as the electrical upgrade and new heating and cooling system. Next Tuesday, March 16th, there will be further discussion at the Member Advisory Council meeting for anyone who wants to participate in choosing the exterior color scheme of Union Street.