New co-working concept in Overtown adds to a growing list

Tribe Co-Work, in a Michael Simkins building, is geared to the community

Jan.January 26, 2018 02:30 PM

Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork (Credit: Catalina Ayubi)

A new co-working concept geared to the Overtown community is opening, part of a growing number of shared-space buildings that are popping up in South Florida.

Tribe Co-Work and Urban Innovation Lab will open Feb. 5 out of a historic building in Overtown, co-owner Felecia Hatcher said. Miami Innovation District developer Michael Simkins owns the building at 937 Northwest Third Avenue.

Allapattah-based McKenzie completed the buildout, which was funded by a $350,000 Community Reinvestment Act grant. The two-story, 3,700-square-foot space features eight offices, conference rooms, classrooms, a library and a kitchen.

Tribe Co-Work marks the first co-working concept for Hatcher and co-owner Derick Pearson.

“It’s open to everyone but at the same time we are in Overtown,” Hatcher said, referring to the predominantly black community.

Memberships start at $49 a month for middle- and high school students, and $149 a month for college and nontraditional students. An open-desk membership will cost about $250 a month, and office spaces start at about $1,000 a month. The concept will also host weekly networking meet-ups, trainings and seminars that members can access for free or at a discounted rate.

Members include Code Fever and Black Tech Week, two nonprofits founded by Hatcher and Pearson.

Property records show Simkins’ Lion Folk Life Village LLC paid $555,000 for the building in 2014. In Overtown, Simkins and his partners have spent $100 million assembling 10.4 acres in Park West, which includes the nightclubs E11even and Club Space, and several warehouses and vacant parcels. Portions of his land were submitted as a potential site for Amazon’s second headquarters. Miami was announced as a finalist for the $5 billion development last week.

In South Florida, other co-working firms include Büro, WeWork and Pipeline. Mosaic CoWork was also just added to the growing list of shared office concepts.

Mosaic opened its doors on Friday in West Palm Beach. The co-working space, at 5840 Corporate Way, will offer packages starting at $15 a day or $55 a month. Mosaic, led by Ann Marie Sorrell, will also have “hot desking,” allowing members to reserve a space for a few hours, or several days. The space features private offices, a conference room, mail storage, an on-duty receptionist, lockers, free parking and more.

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