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September 23, 2015

Co-working space slated to open in Westbrook in November

Photo / Courtesy of Peter Anania
Photo / Courtesy of Peter Anania
Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook

A marketing professional in Westbrook is planning to open a co-working space in 1,800 square feet of the historic Dana Warp Mill.

Peter Anania, who started New England Marketing Group in late 2014, announced Tuesday that he's opening the co-working space on Nov. 1. He said he's opening it because he had difficulty finding available co-working space elsewhere.

The space, called LocalHost Coworking, will have four offices, a conference room and the option for members to rent dedicated or floating desks, Anania said.

He envisions it serving as a business incubator in the future, with support services for members and events at the space. However, it will begin as just a place for people to rent remote office space.

"We're really going to crawl, walk, run with this," Anania said in an interview with Mainebiz.

The location at the mill, which overlooks Saccarappa Falls, also attracted Anania, he said. The mill has tall ceilings and windows, and already has a culture of website development with some of the other tenants, he added.

Anania said he would like to see people in the online marketing industry rent space at LocalHost, but it will be open to anyone. Anania's other company, New England Marketing Group, which has one other employee, will locate to the space, but no one else has signed up yet, he said. In a prepared statement from Anania announcing the new space, Westbrook Mayor Colleen Hilton said the city sees it as an exciting development for its downtown.

"Collaboration as a means for growth and success is a philosophy shared by co-working spaces and the city of Westbrook," Hilton said.

LocalHost is charging monthly membership fees of $500 for a large office with river views, $350 for a regular office, $225 for a dedicated desk with river views, $200 for a dedicated desk and $125 for a floating desk, according to its website.

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