Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — CoHabitat Foundation announced today that it has reached an agreement to move its coworking facility, Cohab, into the Red River District under the Texas Street Bridge.
Cohab’s new facility will be located in the former Brother’s Seafood Restaurant, and will give the non-profit shared workspace the opportunity to expand the work it can do for Shreveport-Bossier’s entrepreneurs and small business owners while allowing the organization to move toward financial sustainability.
"On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the mayor and his administration for their help in getting this done,” said Chairman of CoHabitat Foundation’s Board of Directors, Stuart Clason. “With their support, we have been able to achieve the main focus of our board since I became chairman, finding a permanent location for Cohab. This will help us get to our primary financial goal of self-sustainability."
New programs under development include space for retail business owners, as well as a commercial kitchen incubator for cooks, caterers, bakers and food artisans in Northwest Louisiana. According to Cohab officials, this move spotlights the City of Shreveport’s dedication to support small business and the local economy.
``This move by Cohab will contribute mightily to the revitalization of this very important part of our city,’’ Mayor Cedric Glover said. ``We believe the energy, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit Cohab brings will be a significant draw for patrons and vendors alike so we’re anxious to see this interaction take shape.’’
Cohab began renovating the new location immediately with plans to open the facility in late summer. Open houses to tour the new building will be scheduled once construction nears its conclusion.