Duluth coworking space Co.Lab is moving out of DeWitt Seitz

Duluth coworking space Co.Lab is moving out of the DeWitt Seitz building located in historic Canal Park as of July 31st.

“Co.Lab will no longer be operating in the space where it all started,” reads an email from Co.founder Martin Sawinski.

“We were unable to renew our lease for the space we have occupied for the past two years due to the landlord’s desire to utilize the space.”

He explains that Co.Lab will be taking a break to figure out where their next home will be.  “We have been actively investigating alternate locations that will support the existing membership and provide opportunity for our burgeoning community.”

The venue opened in July of 2012 and counts around 40 members representing about dozen companies.  More than half are technology oriented, including Sawinski’s own 3Five with eight; it’s also where the Twin Ports Web Pros Monthly Meetup has been hosted, among a number of other events.

“The upside of needing to find a new space is the ability to relocate into a space that is larger and provide more opportunity for growth. We were getting cramped in the space we have been in. This change brings new and exciting options to the table.”


  • Andrew Black

    @TECHdotMN:disqus any word on when they will return? Website says they’re reopening. http://colabduluth.com/

    • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

      Hi Andrew, lots of chatter…that specific space is actually on the market: https://tech.mn/map/available-office-leases/

      Then there is this, separately: https://tech.mn/news/2017/04/24/new-duluth-coworking-space-bagley-building-planned/

      And a different group of private investors that have recently purchased space there are considering.

      • http://explorecoco.com Don Ball

        I heard from an investor (same ones Jeff?) a few months ago who was looking to do something like COCO in the Duluth Grain Exchange (which is actually a scaled-down version of the Grain Exchange in Mpls). But they’d need to find an operator, presumably.

        • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

          I couldn’t tell ya Don, I don’t recall who – what’s happening now is all the people who are simply doing things are crowding out those who are just talking and speculating about whatever it is…a good trend for Minnesota to see it evolving like that IMO.

          Neat…didn’t know there such a thing as ‘Duluth Grain Exchange’ – http://minnesotaballet.org/about-us/our-facilities/

      • Andrew Black

        Thanks for the info. So, the co.lab isn’t open yet or may be for sale? I’m looking at an arrangement in the Wells Fargo Building through Regus. We’ll see if it pans out.

      • Andrew Black

        Jeff, following up on this, I ended up signing a 6-month lease with Regus in the Wells Fargo building on Superior St. Regus gutted the entire 4th floor at some point and converted it into creative space. They have a several 3-person workspaces with desks in offices (8’x10′), and also a few 1- or 2-person offices with stellar views of the Duluth harbor. Very nice place.