Michel Cohen on the main floor of the Downtown Works space. Photo by Chris Jennewein
Michel Cohen on the main floor of the Downtown Works space. Photo by Chris Jennewein

San Diego is getting another co-working space aimed at the growing downtown market for tech startups and other innovation workers.

Downtown Works opened this month in a renovated law office at India and West B Streets. The 15,346-square-foot space includes two floors of offices, shared desks and conference rooms, as well as a mezzanine and rooftop deck.

Services include a concierge, soundproof booths, podcasting and video-production equipment, two fully equipped kitchens, and underground parking.

Developers of the $9 million project are Wolf Bielas, Michel and Samantha Cohen, Edward Adato and Dan Schwarzblat, a group of serial entrepreneurs with experience in real estate, technology and other markets.

Michel Cohen said the facility will be able to accommodate up to 200 people, and will feature a nonproft accelerator program for venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs beginning in the first quarter of 2017.

“The entrepreneurial journey can be isolating, however, some of my best ideas have stemmed from collaborating with others,” he said. “My mentors gave me so much knowledge in my early stages so it was important for me to create a hub where I can mentor and pass down what I’ve learned throughout 30 years in business.”

Cohen said San Diego is perfect for co-working because of its startup culture and lower costs relative to New York and Silicon Valley. “San Diego is a power hub,” he said.

Downtown Works is already home to startups Rack City Media, Industry Careers, SnapKnot, Xtreme Planet, Diosys Technologies, KidJo, Segmail and Katy Bray.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.