Metropolitan Co-Working Brings Desks, Business to Downtown Aurora

Matt Hook and Jason Sunderland are creating workspace in downtown Aurora.

Matt Hook and Jason Sunderland are creating work space in downtown Aurora.

Matt Hook and Jason Sunderland are in love with downtown Aurora.

Maybe it’s the island, or the growing synergy.

Whatever it might be, the two are committed to downtown, and its renaissance. Since they were already working downtown, starting a coworking studio just made sense, and Metropolitan Co-Working was born.

Sunderland, a Realtor, and Hook, an IT guy, are quickly building out 14 W. Downer, Ste. 16 to be a place where they can work, and where others can find a work environment that suits them.

Metropolitan Co-Working offers desks, work tables, laptop bars, a kitchen, and all that stuff that’s not at home, too, like a large format printer, binding equipment, a conference room, and event space.

“We want to be able to offer everything that people could use,” said Hook, who until just recently, worked two doors down at Business Solutions. AKA Dance is now moved into his former spot.

The coworking model works well for Hook and Sunderland, who work on their computers for a good chunk of the work day. Metropolitan Co-Working has the benefit of being able to plug into the building’s fast internet provided by OnLight broadband.

Coworking is great for anyone who needs a work space with all of the amenities that an office provides. A monthly membership that includes a desk costs $400, and a floating membership costs $250 per month. A “floater” member can use the space as they wish, but will not have a permanent desk. Day memberships and other flexible options could be offered in the future.

The space will continue to open up with art exhibits for First Fridays, and they already have one artist in residence in a downstairs studio.

The downstairs also offers a kitchenette and a conference room. They hope to cozy it up a bit to provide a space for “downtime,” as well.

“We want this space to be full and active and have people coming downtown,” said Sunderland, whose wife, Kit, is an artist currently in residency upstairs at the New Hites Studios and Gallery.

“More people will be utilizing downtown; it’s better for all the businesses,” he said.

Metropolitan Co-Working is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit them online at www.mcowork.com.

Metropolitan Co-working provides desks and more.

Metropolitan Co-working provides desks and more at 14 W. Downer, Ste. 16.