Dean Simmer, an engineer at Newmind, said that if not for the coworking space option, the company's Detroit employees would likely be working out of their homes because leasing rates for office space near downtown are no longer cheap.
"With the way commercial real estate has gone downtown, there is no way that we would be able to have a four-person office anywhere downtown," Simmer said. "We'd likely be a 30-minute drive away to be able to afford that."
Spacelab Another coworking space with a niche focus is Spacelab Detroit, which is geared for professionals in the architecture and building-related trades. It occupies one and a half floors of 607 Shelby St., near Cobo Center, and features numerous communal and private offices, as well as a glass-walled conference room and a library filled with material and design samples.
It is owned by husband and wife Bobby Burton and Karen Burton, herself an architect.
"This is the type of space that I wanted when I was freelancing," Karen Burton said.