There is energy in Downtown Jacksonville. Is it the temperature changing from warm to cool and back to warm in the annual spring dance? Is it the bright sunshine that insists we have left wintry grey skies behind? Is it the influx of visitors this week for the USA Gymnastics AT&T American Cup at Veterans Memorial Arena?
More likely, it is the CoWorkers.
Downtown Vision and CoWork Jax have partnered to bring shared office space to Downtown Jacksonville. According to the CoWorking wiki, “the idea is simple: that independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone.”
There’s been a good bit of collaboration and plenty of connections. So, who’s CoWorking? There are designers, marketing pros, PR pros, writers, consultants, tech folks, and lots of awesome people.
Originally proposed for one week, CoWorkers learned yesterday that the space is available again next week. This is exciting news, as the two days I’ve been here have invigorated me. I didn’t think it possible to focus on Downtown more than I already do.
Jacksonville’s CoWork space is in the AT&T tower, formerly known as the Southern Bell Building, built in 1983 by KBJ Architects. Geer Services is a neighbor (and generous provider of the free WiFi).
The view over Forsyth and Julia streets is amazing. If you’d like to watch the construction progress of the Unified Duval County Courthouse, it’s convenient from the fourth floor site. Also visible are the former Federal building, Simpson Federal Court House and Ed Ball Building. Looking up Forsyth to the east, there’s the former Barnett Bank headquarters, Atlantic National Bank Building, and even the Marble Bank, Bisbee and Lynch buildings.
There are three parking garages within view and a few surface lots, with Central Station for the Skyway just across Bay Street. As with much of Downtown Jacksonville, parking is not an issue here.
If you need any more convincing, you can definitely hear Big Jim, loud and clear, from the CoWork space.
Check out CoWork Jax for more information.