LionShare Cowork takes shape in the former Retro Fitness in Harbor Village.
On January 25, the city granted First Coast Walls and Ceilings Inc. permission to build 17,018 square feet for the coworking space at No. 8 13475 Atlantic Blvd. at a cost of US $ 91,000.
LionShare Cowork owner Michael Januzzi said on November 13th that he hopes to open January 1st but also said that COVID-19 was delaying work.
Januzzi said by email on January 27th that it had taken almost a year “to get to where we are today”.
He said the pandemic and “worst Gulf hurricane season in history have made expanding LionShare a challenge”.
“Since we’ve had a lot of time to prepare while waiting for approvals, all of our materials, furniture, and decorations are in place. We hope our current members have a soft opening in the last week of February and offer new memberships 1. March.”
Januzzi said current customers will have the first opportunity at the new location. The website for potential users is LionShare2020.com.
JAA Architecture is the architect.
Retro Fitness closed in May 2019.
Harbor Village is on Atlantic Boulevard and San Pablo Road, which are anchored by Fresh Market. Stein Mart closed a store there in October.
Jacksonville-based LionShare announces on its website that it will be opening the flagship location “packed with a host of amenities including spacious conference, podcast and private zoom rooms, more than 30 offices and a variety of dedicated and shared facilities Working area.”
It calls the space an option for freelancers and startups with flexible schedules on a budget.
It offers business addresses, hourly meeting rooms and packages of workplaces, offices, snacks and beverages.
The first location is at 14333 Beach Blvd., Suite 33, Pablo Station on Beach Boulevard and San Pablo Road.
Januzzi said in a February announcement that the 11,000-square-foot Pablo Station site, which opened in 2017, is doing well.