Published: 7/20/2021 6:47:47 PM
ORANGE — Following a year-and-a-half delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, LaunchSpace is in the midst of a soft opening at the Orange Innovation Center.
The nonprofit 10,000-square-foot workshop on the third floor at 131 West Main St., LaunchSpace is the brainchild of Alec MacLeod and CEO Brianna Drohen and was conceived as a makerspace for area hobbyists and entrepreneurs. The idea was to open at the beginning of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic scrapped that plan. Instead, the space has been opening steadily since January, developing its membership and class schedule.
“It’s a relatively slow reawakening, but it’s happening,” MacLeod said.
The makerspace has been in the works for a handful of years. A massive lifeline came in the form of a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, also…