Fort Houston is Expanding!
We have come a long way, and we plan to keep going.
Fort Houston is expanding to a new facility in Wedgewood-Houston located at 2020 Lindell. (Across from Griffin Technology)
The new Fort Houston campus features 45,000 square feet of renovated industrial, office and retail space. Total acreage is 3.25 acres, with nearly 2.5 acres available for parking and outdoor events. We will maintain a retail/gallery presence at our current location on Houston Street in the May Hosiery Building.
Fort Houston will move into the facility in two phases, with the first phase being the same operations we currently have on Houston Street – a wood shop, metal shop, screen printing shop, maker work stations – while adding an office co-working space (with available private offices) and actively seeking a cafe/bar/restaurant partnership on campus.
- We will be accepting new members and looking to quadruple our member base.
- The new facility features recently updated climate control through-out.
- Fort Houston will begin the move in March, with an official re-opening date of April 1.
- The office space will allow Fort Houston to take on new office members, including free lancers, entrepreneurs, and other creative industry businesses that desire an office desk and clean space. Those memberships will also come with access to all of the shops.
- Container systems will be available on the campus for members to store tools, materials and supplies.
- A 1,500 square foot, wooden, covered deck will be featured on the front of the new facility.
The “official” grand-opening will be held in April (date TBA). This out-door music event is open to the public, free, and will celebrate Fort Houston’s fifth year of operations. (Details on the celebration to be announced).
Local businesses that were launched and incubated at Fort Houston and have since “graduated” to their own spaces in Nashville include Grand Palace Screen Printing, Southern Lights Electric, Sideshow Sign Company, Hip Hues and many more. We plan on continuing to graduate more small businesses to help stimulate the local economy in partnership with entities like the Nashville Fashion Alliance and Metro.
In the fall of 2017, Fort Houston will announce a scholarship program, designed to help new and current members with the dream of launching their own, small business, from Nashville’s first maker community.
Keep It Real,
Ryan & Josh