US2 Announces “Workbar Union” Open House & Community Week

New US2-Workbar Partnership Brings Flexible Coworking Space To Union Square; Residents Offered Four Days of Free Use

Somerville, MA - Union Square Station Associates (US2), the City’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, and Boston-based coworking space network Workbar will open the doors to Union Square’s newest business, Workbar Union, for an open house on Monday, October 19th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm at 31 Union Square, followed by four days of free use for local residents.

Workbar Union is a vibrant, shared workspace for startups, independent professionals, small businesses, and remote employees from larger enterprises. Members benefit from high quality office amenities including fast and secure wifi, printers, scanners, conference rooms with A/V equipment, bottomless fair trade coffee, fruits and snacks. From Tuesday, October 20th until Friday, October 23rd, Workbar Union is offering free access to Somerville residents.

“One of US2’s goals for the redevelopment of Union Square is to evolve the neighborhood into a significant jobs center and to fulfill community objectives outlined in the SomerVision strategic plan,” said Greg Karczewski, president of US2. “So, we leased the space, invested in the build out and recruited Workbar as an operator to create a new coworking space in Union Square.  It's an important early step in our job creation strategy for Union Square and will stimulate the local employment market and generate more daytime activity.”

Located at 31 Union Square, the former home of Elegant Furniture, Workbar Union will be a collaboration center for 75 local workers and will be connected to a community of over 1000 workers throughout metro Boston. Members are surrounded by a strong community in Union Square and across 11 other spaces within the Workbar Network .

Through the Workbar Union partnership, US2 was able to take a property that had been vacant for almost nine months, invest in its improvement and reactivate it in a way that supports the future of Union Square and its residents. Among the many improvements sponsored by US2 is a wall mural designed by local artist Crystal Rene Burney that celebrates the vibrancy, diversity and potential of Union Square.

In constructing the project, US2 was committed to hiring local contractors. J.J. Vaccaro Inc., a Union Square-based union general contractor completed the construction of the project along with other Somerville-based subcontractors including Bent Electrical Contractors, Pavidis Plumbing and New Color Painting Company. In addition, local businesses helped put some finishing touches on the space including SRP Sign Corporation and Recover Green Roofs.

“We are excited to extend the Workbar Network of coworking spaces to Union Square and for US2's partnership here,” said Bill Jacobson, Founder & CEO of Workbar. “Workbar Union will provide Somerville’s startups, small businesses and remote professionals the ability to grow their enterprises and create jobs locally while attracting new daytime activity and commerce that will benefit the Square’s existing businesses.”

Made up of thriving start-ups, creative entrepreneurs, independent professionals, and enterprise teams, the interactive and collaborative atmosphere of Workbar gives members access to all of the resources their businesses need to grow. Members enjoy a motivating and productive work environment and a strong network of friendship and support from a vibrant community full of professional and social connections ready and willing to help each other build, create, and succeed. Workbar Union will also offer a wide variety of social and educational programming open to the public including lunch seminars, workshops, networking events and happy hours.

“Workbar Union is a welcome addition to Union Square, and I applaud US2’s vision and investment which speaks to their commitment to the neighborhood and focus on job creation in the community, and bodes well for the future of the Square’s revitalization,” added Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston.