Update 3/9/18 – Local musician Dave Tree is adding some finishing touches to Norwood Space Center to help create a “hive of creative commerce where tenants, members and guests cross-pollinate in a collaborative culture.” In addition to Planet Self Storage, the completed first phase of the project includes Bay State Energy Reduction, Little Bird Events, Percival Brewing Co. and Puratos USA, according to the source.
The $10 million project will be completed in three phases. It has grown from 12 to 24 buildings on the 18-acre property. Tree, who formerly ran an art gallery, has turned a hallway inside one of the buildings into art-exhibit space and is using a large room to host events for musicians, comedians and other entertainment, the source reported.
“The idea is to make an oasis of art, culture and music here in Norwood,” Tree said. “There are lots of things to do in Norwood; that is why I love it so much. I have lived by the Norwood Space Center my whole life, and now I get to show art and play music here. It is a dream come true.”
Tree is a member of the band See This World, which will hold a CD-release show at the center on March 24.
4/14/17 – Norwood Space Center, a 300,000-square-foot mixed-use project in Norwood, Mass., will celebrate the completion of its first phase with a “Grand Opening Spring Open House” event April 29-30. The development at 83 Morse St. includes a new, 66,000-square-foot Planet Self Storage facility among a mix of flexible space for events, retail, shared work and warehousing. The 12-building complex is being developed by 83 Morse LLC, a joint venture between real estate developers Cathartes LLC, David DePree and Juliano Enterprises Inc., according to the source.
"Norwood Space Center is designed to attract a new type of business, those creative entrepreneurs and artisans who are looking for a collaborative, non-traditional space that meets the needs of their business," DePree told the source.
The first phase of the project includes Planet Self Storage, which is one of the opening event sponsors, and several businesses including a craft brewery, event company, kitchen and tile showroom, and a model-ship retailer. The complex was a former mill dating back more than 100 years. It was originally home to Bird & Sons roofing business, which expanded to manufacture floor coverings in the early 1900s, the source reported.
The grand-opening event will be held in conjunction with ArtWeek Boston and offer a series of arts and entertainment activities during the weekend, including concerts, exhibits, readings and workshops. It will also showcase the flexible space available for lease. "Our versatility will be on display at the spring open house celebration," DePree said. "We're looking forward to opening our doors to the entire community."
As part of the celebration, the new Planet Self Storage facility will feature a gallery of artifacts from the David Bieber Archives, including pop-culture collectibles and rock-music memorabilia. It will also have displays from The Sneaker Museum “designed to elevate sneaker art and culture,” according to the source.
Planet Self Storage operates several facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
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