Plans by Cummins Inc. to end its leases for two buildings at the Columbus Municipal Airport are leading to a new idea of creating a “makerspace” there.
Cummins now uses the two buildings to test engines, but in June the lease will end and the company plans to consolidate the work to another facility, said Columbus Municipal Airport Director Brian Payne.
When looking for a new tenant, the option of renting out the buildings to an entity to use it as “makerspace” is being discussed.
“It’s an opportunity for people to get together who have similar interests in creating,” he said. These interests could be as diverse as sewing, welding or creating “gadgets or widgets,” Payne said.
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