Orange business offering public workspace for rent

Thanks to the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Economic Development, The Office Downtown’s grand opening became a reality.

ORANGE, Texas — A new company in Orange is offering office space for everyday use at a time when officials believe there will be a business boom.

City officials felt that as Orange expanded, there was a need for a communal workspace. Thanks to the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Economic Development, The Office Downtown’s grand opening became a reality.

“Orange Station has been a member of the Chamber for many years and when someone comes in looking for office space and meeting rooms, it’s a necessity,” Chamber president Ida Schossow said.

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Office Downtown will offer tons of flexibility, a friendly work environment and a professional way to host meetings. Anyone can rent or lease different spaces in a building to work, host meetings and collaborate.

More | How to Rent Office Space at The Office Downtown

Interest in communal workspaces has prompted office supply store owner Paul Dickinson to reallocate some downtown space to The Office Downtown.

“Because it’s not something that everyone is familiar with,” Dickinson said. “We really want to invite everyone to come and see what this is going to be and see how they use it.”

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For Dickinson, it’s been a natural extension of his time as a business owner. He felt it was closely related to his office supply store.

“Going from commercial supply and delivery, to customers to delivery, and finally providing space for businesses to operate seems like the next step for us,” Dickinson said.

Officials believe the city needs new buildings. Especially after Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC announced it would be bringing an “integrated polymer” plant to Orange.

Office Downtown includes state-of-the-art technology installed.

“We’ve invested heavily in technology in the conference room,” Dickinson said. “We added several different spaces to make people feel comfortable.”

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The newcomer to the city is excited and says clients have already booked the venue.

“We’ve been getting calls from lawyers and insurance companies asking where they can meet while they’re in town, and now they’ve opened up the places Orange really needs,” Schossow said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the new business. Since that grand opening, two office spaces have been leased, Dickinson said.

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