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Foundry 66 shared workspace in Norwich opens, but not yet fully operational

Norwich – Moving day for Norwich Community Development Corp. Monday wasn't much different than any typical move, with last-minute glitches and delays along with satisfaction when things came together successfully.

NCDC opened both its new office and the accompanying Foundry 66 shared workspace facility Monday at 66 Franklin St., former home of the Norwich Bulletin. The facility offers rented offices or flex memberships with use of common area tables, business services, Wi-Fi and meeting rooms.

And while some tenants moved in and opened for business – tenant Yoga-Thai Massage, Balance, Growth Being LLC was serving clients by mid-day Monday – others are awaiting completion of their office space and for working Wi-Fi.

NCDC Marketing Director Miria Toth said the site's heating and ventilation system will be completed “in the next couple days,” and the Wi-Fi should be hooked up by the end of this week and be operational by Tuesday, after the Columbus Day holiday.

Shared office services, including tables and chairs, the copy and printer center and the kitchenette were open Monday. A few tenants of the rented office space will occupy temporary quarters until their offices are completed, Toth said.

Only one formal office, in front, adjacent to NCDC's new office, remains available for rent at this time, she said. Other office tenants include the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, Mohegan tribal linguist Stephanie Fielding and Big Brothers, Big Sisters' “Adopt-a-Grandparent” program. The fledgling brewery, Epicure Brewing, which plans to open soon at the far end of the former Bulletin building, will use flex space at Foundry 66, Toth said.

NCDC President Robert Mills said he will split time between the new office and the old location at 75 Main St. until the internet service is connected, but said any business representative or anyone from the public should come to the new office to meet with NCDC staff.

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a grand opening ceremony at the facility for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 8:15 a.m.

c.bessette@theday.com

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