• Working together: New coworking space Cubit Coworks now open on Race Street in Holyoke

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    December 23, 2019

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    Working together: New coworking space Cubit Coworks now open on Race Street in Holyoke

    When Jason Katsoris was looking for a new office space this year for his marketing company, he didn’t originally think a coworking space would be for him. But that changed when he discovered just such a space “loaded with technology” in downtown Holyoke.

    The owner of Holyoke Marketing Company is now a member of Cubit Coworks, and has moved his business into the fledgling coworking space at 164 Race St.

    Coworking is a growing movement to create community spaces for the self-employed, developers, writers, entrepreneurs and other freelancers who want to work on their own but still have a regular gathering spot where they can mingle and swap ideas.

    Its developers, Denis and Marco Luzuriaga, say they are far from finished developing property in Holyoke.

    Memberships at Cubit Coworks start at $150 a month, and allow members to use desks in the nonoffice spaces. At $250, members can reserve a desk in an office, while the rental of offices, of which there are seven, start at $550 on the low end.

    In addition to Wi-Fi and free coffee, the space also has a shower that members can use. Luzuriaga said that the shower access is meant to encourage members to bike to the space.

    In addition to Holyoke Marketing, the space houses the Alex Morse for Congress campaign. Both Holyoke Marketing and the Morse campaign have full offices as part of their memberships.

    A personal touch is also visible at Cubit Coworks. The space has a number of Luzuriaga’s paintings in it, and he and his brother helped build the tables in the coworking space’s common areas, which use old door slabs from a restaurant supply company and metal bases designed by Marco. The paints and light fixtures in the space were also selected by Denis and Marco.

    Signs of the building’s industrial past are still visible. Panels from the building’s old boiler are used in an art project, as is the panel from the old freight elevator. A drop ceiling is also not a part of the space, which Luzuriaga said was a deliberate choice.

     

    Prior to moving to western Massachusetts, Luzuriaga lived in Jersey City. He said that one of the reasons he and his partner, Marjorie Latham, settled in Holyoke 14 years ago was because of how it reminded him of Jersey City.

    He also praised the city’s cultural mix, and noted its place in the Knowledge Corridor, which includes the Springfield, Hartford and New Haven metropolitan areas.

    Luzuriaga and his brother are first-time developers, and he said securing HCC’s culinary arts school as a tenant was vital for financing.

    The building’s apartment tenants can use Cubit Coworks for social purposes on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays.

    Luzuriaga said that he and his brother are in talks with an anchor tenant to build a new building on Race Street, and hope to break ground in summer 2020.

    Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@ gazettenet.com.

    • Denis Luzuriaga sits at one of the tables he and his brother, Marco, built from re-purposed doors - with the help of a local welder - for their co-working space, Cubit Coworks, in Holyoke. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Denis Luzuriaga, left, gets a visit from Tyler Carrier, a graduate of, and lab technician at, the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute located one floor above the co-working space Cubit Coworks. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Cubits Cowork, the new coworking space in Holyoke, features a large open area with tables at its core, with smaller offices and conference rooms around the perimeter. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • A view out from one of the two conference rooms at Cubit Coworks, the co-working space that has opened in the former Cubit Wire & Cable Co. building on Race Street in Holyoke. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • The former space for a freight elevator has been turned into a relaxed alcove at Cubit Coworks, the coworking space in the former Cubit Wire & Cable Co. building in Holyoke. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Denis Luzuriaga talks about one of his larger works of art that has found a home at Cubit Coworks, the co-working space he and his brother, Marco, opened in the former Cubit Wire & Cable Co. building in Holyoke. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Denis Luzuriaga helps clear snow at the entrance to the Cubit building in Holyoke, where he has opened the coworking space Cubit Coworks. STAFF PHOTO /KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Jason Katsoris, owner of Holyoke Marketing Company, talks about his experience having an office at Cubit Coworks, the co-working space opened in the former Cubit Wire & Cable Co. building in Holyoke. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Jason Katsoris, owner of Holyoke Marketing Company, works in his office at Cubit Coworks, the co-working space in Holyoke. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • One of two "phone booths" at Cubits Cowork, the co-working space in Holyoke, features a working land line. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • "Premium coffee and tead" are listed as perks in literature for Cubit Coworks, the new co-working space in Holyoke. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • This is one of two conference rooms at Cubit Coworks, the new co-working space in the former Cubit Wire & Cable Co. building in Holyoke. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Denis Luzuriaga, owner of Cubit Coworks in Holyoke, saved, restored and modified the facade of the building's original coal furnace (later converted to gas). Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING » Buy this Image

    • Cubit Coworks, the new co-working space in Holyoke, features its own shower for patrons who opt to bike to work or want to save a trip home before going out after work. Photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING Next

     
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    Jason Katsoris, Owner
    (413) 400-2625