Getting City Help in Opening a Makerspace
A friend told me that city development managers might like to hear an estimate of the number of people using your shop and the impact on the locale: shopping for supplies, buying food, opening their own business. All things that generate sales tax. They'd also like to know that there will not be adverse traffic or other concerns. You can ask them to help find a building in a location that the city wants to transition into an activity hub. They could see that a makerspace would attract other businesses to the area.