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Former German Village Max and Erma’s To Become Co-working ‘Kollektiv’

739 S. Third Street, formerly known as the original Max and Erma’s, will soon reopen as a co-working space.

Plans were filed with the city of Columbus last week, stating that 739 German Village LLC had plans to remodel the first-floor bar and reconfigure the second and third floors.

The new space, called Kollektiv, will offer a variety of working arrangements, including tables, booths, offices, and conference rooms for tenants.

“Kollektiv will offer its members a set place to come and do their work with all the necessary amenities and tools — WiFi, endless coffee, etc.” said co-founder Katie Murray, in a press release. “We have found that coworking environments — roughly structured like a conventional office but decidedly more relaxed and less formal — inspire creativity and productivity that many of these independent contractors don’t find in an isolated environment.”

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According to This Week News, the new tenant will not be installing restrooms on the first floor but will overhaul the bathrooms in the basement of the building. The cost of making the restrooms ADA compliant was cited as one of the reasons for the restaurant’s initial closure.

Construction will begin this summer and the office is expected to open sometime in the fall. Co-working spaces are popular in Columbus amongst small businesses and self-employed workers.

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