SUPERIOR, WI. -- Plans are in the works to turn the vacant Carnegie Library in Superior to Superior's first co-working hub, bringing some businesses back that were forced to close due to the pandemic.
The Carnegie Library located on Hammond Avenue has been vacant since 1993, but now plans are in place to turn it into the first co-working space in Superior.
"The attitude in Superior of ingenuity and small business and work hard and work together it's a perfect fit for what we are trying to do," said Andy Osterlund, partner of the Library Superior Project.
Osterlund bought the building three years ago to help entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.
"It's an office space but it's a community environment. We think that it's a new interpretation of what the library originally was and what the building was designed to be," said Osterlund.
Osterlund tells us they have seen success with these sort of spaces in other cities as they offer businesses and individuals shared space and create a community that promotes networking, business sense, and expertise.
"It can spur on whole new businesses. It becomes a major component of the business environment, the main street environment and that's what we enjoy and that's what we hope for," said Osterlund.
When Osterlund visited Superior, he was amazed by the atmosphere of the Red Mug.
Unfortunately due to the pandemic, they were forced to close, but it has sparked a new relationship.
"The rich conversations that were happening, those were the kind of things that really become core to generating a community environment in the cityscape," said Osterlund.
Osterlund tells us construction should begin in the next 60 days and the doors will open in the spring.
We reached out to Red Mug for comment, the declined an on-camera interview, but did provide this statement to us.
"Red Mug is its own community hub, one that encourages creativity and community, conversation, both deep and casual. It seemed like a really good fit for us. It is our hope that Red Mug will breathe life into the old Carnegie Library, much like it did the Old City Hall," said Red Mug ownership.
Until the building is complete, Red Mug will be operating in front of the Carnegie Library.
Osterlund tells us they are still looking for more leases inside the building.
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