For years now, I've tossed around the idea of a Newgrounds office space. With the plans I have for this coming year, an office space is starting to look more and more necessary.
So I figured, I might as well ask - does anyone out there have any background in commercial real estate, or does anyone know of any cool old buildings for sale in the Philadelphia area? I would like to stay outside of the city limits, along the northern border. I'd be interested to learn of anything available in the area, however.
I'm looking for old wharehouses, abandoned factories, anything that involves an old, solid building that can be spruced up in an "urban loft" sort of way to make a cool office space. It's ok if it's bigger than you think we need - I am open to checking out anything right now. So far I haven't had much luck with researching commercial real estate on the web, which is why I'm asking you guys.
I have personally grown weary of working from home. Sure, it is great to roll out of bed every morning and get straight to work... But I just don't work the way I did back when I worked in an office (I'm talking about before NG became my career). When I go out to San Diego, I'm energized by the office space - a group of like-minded individuals all working towards a similar goal. You lose touch with that when you work from home.
So I was thinking, there have to be other people out there like me. More and more people who telecommute and have started to grow lonely. Perhaps you want to go back to an office, but don't want to go back to the fixed hours or the manager looking over your shoulder.
This is a big hypothetical, but I was thinking that if I could find a big enough space, it would be cool to bring in other creative people who would otherwise be working from home. Not as NG staff necessarily, but more to just energize the place. That would be a big undertaking, though, so I dunno what the potential would be. I think it would have to be people who are close to NG... But I'm just tossing around ideas. This part is unlikely. :)
But anyway, if anyone has any ties or information about commercial properties in the Philly area, let me know!