News Release - City Welcomes Cowork Downtown to East Avenue

City of Rochester

News Release

(Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018) – Deputy Mayor Dr. Cedric Alexander today joined State Sen. Joseph Robach, City Councilmember Elaine Spaull and business owners Dani Polidor and Sabine Mornet-Sally to celebrate the grand opening of Cowork Downtown, a shared work space on East Avenue.

“Shared workspaces like Cowork Downtown are a great benefit to Rochester’s emerging knowledge economy because they give innovators and entrepreneurs a place to combine their resources and help each other succeed,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “I want to thank Dani Polidor and Sabine Mornet-Sally for contributing to the culture that feeds innovation and creativity in Rochester, which helps us create more jobs, safer/more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.”

“We see Cowork Downtown as model for Center City revitalization because it works as a think tank and incubator for small and medium sized businesses to pool their talent and resources for a greater good,” said Dani Polidor. “Co-sharing of space and not duplicating efforts are key ingredients to expand and reach target markets. Conscious capitalism is spreading in the hearts and minds of our city’s young entrepreneurs.”

Cowork Downtown, 127 East Ave., is a shared-work space that also offers occupants access to a network of professionals to help grow their businesses by consolidating services. Members include: bookkeepers, attorneys, printers, web developers and marketing services. Monthly networking events create opportunities for collaboration and community development. Additional amenities include a full gourmet kitchen, conference rooms, flexible work spaces and custom office solutions.

Cowork Downtown was established to collaborate with the Rochester Design Center. The 5500 square foot space houses 10 businesses, including Rochester Design Center, Empire Realty Group, A&J Pharmacy, Greenovation, Brightstar Community and other entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations and businesses with shared values.

In all, there are about 15 employees working in the space. Cowork Downwtown has five full- and part-time employees. Plans are in the works to convert 1,200 square feet of unused space in the basement to more shared work space.


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