Fans of the 826Michigan franchise may have felt a little like Charlie from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, wondering when the long-anticipated Detroit Robot Factory would officially begin operations. Fear not, friends of fiction (and nonfiction!), the time is near! 826Michigan will soon open the doors on its Detroit location (after a ribbon-cutting and soft opening that celebrated the completion of construction on October 5th), with the downstairs storefront open for business on December 3rd, and regular drop-in tutoring hours beginning in January 2017. As soon as this month, the freshly-renovated space located at 1351 Winder Street in Detroit’s Eastern Market will begin hosting its first field trips.
“That’s when the whole class comes here during the day,” said Nancy Sizer, Development Director for 826Michigan, on a tour of the expansive upper-floor learning lab space, still in a state of unpacking. “So they’ll have all this workspace, and their little projection and demonstration space there. And then the middle space here will have lots of paper and binding machines to make books on site, and that kind of thing.”