Artistic rendering courtesy of Catalyst

A new collaborative, shared work space has come to downtown Orlando’s growing bank of non-traditional offices.

Catalyst (Facebook | Website) is an industrial-chic 7,000 SF work-space located on the corner of Orange and Central [Gmap]. Although the address is Orange Avenue, the actual entrance is on Central, a funny hangup of being in a building that used to be two separate structures.

Catalyst was built on a level that used to be the top of the old buildings (built in 1913) and you can see remnants of its history in the remaining architecture – exposed brick and an open layout. In fact, according to Dennis R. Pape, the  cofounder and managing director of Catalyst, this space used to be a rooftop garden back in its early days as the former Yowell-Duckworth Building.

Vespr (Facebook | Website) will be setting up shop in the space to operate their coffee and snack bar. We asked if they’d be open to selling guest passes so downtown Orlandoans could partake of the local craft coffee too, but it seems that its a perk for coworkers only.

There are plenty of parking options, like $75/month at the Jefferson lot, $60/month at Skyhouse, or (our favorite) free if you park in Thornton Park and take the Lymmo to the corner of Orange and Central, and buses run every 15 minutes.

The new space has already “soft opened” and is entertaining new membership applications before its grand opening in March. Memberships are no contract.

Brendan O'Connor

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