The historic side-by-side structures are both undergoing a renovation and expansion that will include an elevator, new façade and windows, and restoration of the building’s third floor, which the center had not previously occupied. The work, funded by donors, is the second phase—the first involved the purchase of the buildings and basic renovations to the first and second floors. The work started in August and is expected to be completed this winter.
Over the fall semester and until CELEB officially reopens, students have had the opportunity to rub shoulders with other entrepreneurs. They’ve had access to a temporary location across the river at Irontek, the city of Beloit’s new co-working space for small businesses and entrepreneurs.