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-===What?=== 
-We are now at 45 West Hastings Street, and VHS is now a 24/7 Hackerspace to serve the needs of the interested hacker/​crafter/​hobbyist/​whatever. ​ We have run out of space and need to find something bigger than our current ~850sf. 
  
-===The model=== 
-We are looking for a large space to grow the hackerspace. ​ We are currently spending $1000 on rent, with our current membership we can afford up to $2800 comfortably,​ or $3000 with a few more members or with fundraising. ​ 
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-Fundraising ideas may include: 
-  * Hacker Auction (AKA Mad scientist yard sale)  
-  * Hacker Craft Fair (AKA MakerFair) 
-  * Classes 
-  * Kit Sales 
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-===Requirements=== 
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-We currently require the following out of our hackerspace:​ 
-  * +1500 sq ft (the more square footage, the better) 
-  * [[http://​hackerspaces.org/​wiki/​The_Landlord_and_Neighbourhood_Pattern | A benevolent landlord ]]  
-  * 24 Hour Access 
-  * M2 or I2 zoning (Need to check with the city, landlords may lie) 
-  * Ability to control access to the space 
-  * Bathroom (pref with [[http://​hackerspaces.org/​wiki/​The_Shower_Pattern | shower]]) ​ 
-  * [[http://​hackerspaces.org/​wiki/​The_S%C3%A9par%C3%A9e_Pattern | More then one room]] 
-  * Close proximity to public transit, especially skytrain 
-  * Ability to get large items into the space (laser cutter, milling machines, lathes, etc) 
-  * Ventilation (laser cutter fumes) 
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-Nice to have: 
-  * Three Phase Power 
-  * [[http://​hackerspaces.org/​wiki/​The_Kitchen_Pattern | Kitchen/​Chem Lab Area]] 
-  * Emergency Safety Shower 
-  * Rooftop Access (for HAM, and other Radio/​Wireless experiments) 
-  * Lounge 
-  * Bay door, for large projects. ​ 
-  * 16" or larger ceilings for big projects 
-  * Power, 30+ people with laptops == about ~30 Amp. Preferably across 3 breakers or more.  
-  * Room for a single long table, 42' x 8'. - One thing that I think is essential for VHS "​culture"​ is the single long table. I love being in a long row of other people working on different projects and I think that should be included in what ever space we end up at.  
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-===Locations=== 
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-These current areas are where we are looking: 
-  * East Vancouver (Strathcona,​ Hastings-Sunrise,​ Grandview Woodlands, Mt. Plesant) 
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-We currently would prefer to not go to these places: 
-  * Surrey 
-  * Burnaby 
-  * South Vancouver 
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-===Things to ask the landlord=== 
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-  * How much is the rent?  Does that include heating and hydro? 
-  * Is there a lease? ​ Is it a [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Net_lease | triple-net lease ]]? (Most Commercial and Industrial in BC are, but please check) 
-  * Can we customize the access? 
-  * Is it possible to get 24 Hour Access to the space? 
-  * Who were the prior tenants? ​ (Important for BC Hydro, we will be billed based on the last tenants) 
-  * Who else has looked at the space? 
-  * Ask about the neighbours? ​ Which businesses/​residents are nearby, and what do they do.  A good design pattern is to [[http://​hackerspaces.org/​wiki/​The_Landlord_and_Neighbourhood_Pattern | have good neighbors]] 
-  * Ask about parking. ​ A lot of VHS members are transit dependent, but a fair number do drive. ​ It's important to have parking where people'​s windshields won't get smashed in. 
-  * Ventilation,​ windows? 
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-=== Places we looked === 
-  * Empty Lot - It's an empty lot 
-  * Great Northern Way Campus - <​del>​No bathroom (might be fixable), not available until summer.</​del>​ Not available any more  
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-== 1149 Grant St. == 
-  * [[http://​www.davies-hall.com/​properties/​pdf/​1149%20Grant%20Street%20-%20100212.pdf|Property PDF Details]] 
-  * By Vancouver Community Collage. ​ Just off Clark Drive and 1st Avenue 
-  * 1820 Sq ft - 1st floor Showroom/​Warehouse 1,080 sq. ft. 2nd floor Office 650 sq. ft. + loft area open to wearhouse 90 sq. ft. 
-  * 2 bathrooms (1 per floor) + kitchen with sink. 
-  * Rear grade level loading *High ceiling warehouse area 
-  * 3phase, 100amp electrical service 
-  * [[http://​www.davistrading.com/​|Davis Trading]] is next door. 
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-=== How the process works === 
-For those new to VHS since we have been at 45 west, here's how our process goes: 
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-  - Some VHS members decide to take action to help find a new space 
-  - Those VHS members look for spaces, then go meet the manager and preview it. They ask questions from the wiki page [1] to cover the basics. ​ They take video and pictures of the space. ​ They email all the details in a new thread to vhs-members. 
-  - The group talks about it, more members go check it out. 
-  - If we have one or more strong candidate spaces, we hold a General Meeting to get together in person to find consensus. 
-  - Logistics planning, high fives. 
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-=== URLS === 
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-  * [[http://​vancouver.ca/​files/​cov/​Zoning-Map-Vancouver.pdf|Vancouver Zoning Map]] 
-  * [[http://​hackerspaces.org/​wiki/​Design_Patterns| hackerspace design patterns ]]