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We have found that a lot of information about TechShop flies by on Facebook, Slack, and Reddit. Here we try to archive relevant information so that it is easy to find.

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News on Individual TechShops:

Austin

12/8 (post from Dan Rasure on TechShop2.0 FB group) "targeting San Francisco, Detroit,and Austin as the first 3 shops to open. "

c12/15 (extracted from posts on FB)... The County initially petitioned the courts over nonpayment of taxes back in July 2017 (probably over taxes due 31 January 2017) .The TechShop higher-ups hung a lock on things 2 days before the court date in JP Court 2, and probably didn't bother to show up. default judgement to the county. Tax lien forfeiture notice sent on Nov 17.

From the Wilco Search page click on Civil, Family & Probate Case Records, then select the Search by Case radio button. Put this case # in the search field: 17-0819-T425 and click search. As of 12/19, there isn't much info there other than a note on who the defendants and plaintiffs are, and what happened on the 12th.

Digging a little deeper in the WilCo tax records. When I look at the paid tax records for Techshop 1.0, the only paid receipt that I found was for 2013 - and they were paid 2/25/2014 -- 25 days after the drop dead date of 1/31/2014. Anything paid late has a penalty added in. So TS 1.0 was late paying their taxes.

When I pull up the equivalent tax page for Lowe's, right next door, there are tax statements from 2012 through 2017.

What this tells me is that TS 1.0 did not pay their $413 taxes for 2014, 2015, 2016 OR 2017. If TS1.0 had paid their taxes for those years, there would have been a payment record.

12/29 (Quote from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article) “Detroit, San Francisco, Austin and Chandler, Ariz., are on our priority list” to reopen, Rasure said Thursday. “We are pushing hard to reopen some shops within the next few weeks.”

San Francisco

12/8 (post from Dan Rasure on TechShop2.0 FB group) "targeting San Francisco, Detroit,and Austin as the first 3 shops to open. "

12/29 (Quote from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article) “Detroit, San Francisco, Austin and Chandler, Ariz., are on our priority list” to reopen, Rasure said Thursday. “We are pushing hard to reopen some shops within the next few weeks.”

2/12 (from Techshop 2.0 website) TechShop 2.0 San Francisco to open February 19th, 2018 On February 12th Dan Rasure announced that TechShop 2.0 San Francisco will be the first TechShop 2.0 to open. This has been in the works since TechShop closed on November 15th, 2017. In the coming days and weeks we hope to announce more shop openings. One of our first priorities will be to make sure all tools and equipment are safe and within normal operating condition. We will also begin tracking usage to make sure we have the right amount of equipment available. Our goal is to support our members by ensuring we have the proper amount of tools and equipment to meet member demand.

2/19 TheShop.build opens its doors to new members in the old TSSF location. Great news for the maker community!

Detroit

12/8 (post from Dan Rasure on TechShop2.0 FB group) "targeting San Francisco, Detroit,and Austin as the first 3 shops to open. "

12/29 (Quote from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article) “Detroit, San Francisco, Austin and Chandler, Ariz., are on our priority list” to reopen, Rasure said Thursday. “We are pushing hard to reopen some shops within the next few weeks.”

Chandler/ASU

11/21 from Meetup event and recordings Town Hall attended by press, officials, and Dan Rasure

12/5 From Adafruit Interview: "And the Chandler, Arizona facility and the Brooklyn facility were a partnership with either Arizona State or the city of New York. So we’re trying to get through that process as well. And given that a public entity is involved, it’s not just about calling up the landlord and saying, hey, we did this. Can we come in and get to work. It is a more extensive process."

12/27 (post from TechShop Thereafter FB group): "a post from one of our Chandler City Councilmen (Mark Stewart) that TS Chandler is being re-opened as a local effort between the city and ASU. "

12/29 (Quote from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article) “Detroit, San Francisco, Austin and Chandler, Ariz., are on our priority list” to reopen, Rasure said Thursday. “We are pushing hard to reopen some shops within the next few weeks.”

Brooklyn

12/5 From Adafruit Interview: "And the Chandler, Arizona facility and the Brooklyn facility were a partnership with either Arizona State or the city of New York. So we’re trying to get through that process as well. And given that a public entity is involved, it’s not just about calling up the landlord and saying, hey, we did this. Can we come in and get to work. It is a more extensive process."

San Jose

12/5 From Adafruit Interview: "The San Jose location is a brand new or almost brand new facility, but it doesn’t have — the parking situation is a little bit questionable. It also doesn’t have a ton of space in that facility. So we’re evaluating our options there."

St Louis

11/28 Article about TS reopening as Maker Studio

12/29 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article: Jim McKelvey buys building on Delmar to replace shuttered TechShop

Pittsburgh

8/31 TS Reforms as ProtoHaven

12/5 From Adafruit Interview: "Pittsburgh for sure has to move."

12/22 Reported on FB: This is the last email I receive December 22 --

The Holiday Season is Upon Us...Gifts Abound!

We are grateful for the support, cheers and involvement from customers and sponsors as we drive on toward opening Factory Unlocked.

We have a signed letter of intent with our future landlord and are moving to finalize our lease. The location is sizable - over 30,000 SF and in the City of Pittsburgh. Logistics are challenging to meet all of the considerations we must provide in order to develop the start-up space and production needs...but we are getting there!

We expect to commence build out in January and are considering a soft opening with lasers for production and a full prototype studio with computers, software and 3D printers on the first day with metal, wood and machine shops right behind them within 30-40 days.

Thank you for reaching out from last week for your inquiries and we hope our responses fulfilled what you had hoped. Please let me know if you have any comments, questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful holiday season

Bernie Lynch

1/19/2018 Reported on FB: Lawsuit filed January 10, 2018 in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. GD-18-000348

Arlington

1/19/2018: [Reported on FB] I talked to the Sheriff office - they will start eviction of TechShop Arlington on January 23, at 10am. I explained them the situation with the members storage and lack of access - they didn’t realize there was such problem, now they do.

MidPeninsula

View through glass door of mid-peninsula TechShop in Redwood City, California

1/13 From TechShop 2.0 Facebook report from Nick Michlig "The latest at mid penn: lots of stuff in the trash cans and dumpsters, including equipment and cars" Comment from Michael Erickson "It actually just looks like some rusted scrap metal from the shop and Dave Howard’s office. Sadly, the cars have been that way for a while."

Letter from Harry Price to Dan Woods, page 1
Letter from Harry Price to Dan Woods, page 2

On February 9, someone passing by observed several notices attached to the door. One was a letter of January 29, from Harry Price to Dan Woods, stating the TechShop failed to pay the rent due on November 1, 2017, and that the premisses had been abandoned on November 15, 2017. The letter asks Woods to remove the shop tools and equipment by February 18, 2018. If the property is not claimed by February 18, it will be sold at a public sale.