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Dec 1, 2017
Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 3:57 p.m. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Updated 34 minutes ago Protohaven, the nonprofit formed to take over for the Pittsburgh maker-space TechShop when it closed, has found a home. The organization signed a lease on 3,000 square feet of space at 214 North Trenton Ave. in Wilkinsburg, according to a Facebook post and email sent Friday. Devin Montgomery, co-founder and executive director of Protohaven, wrote that he hoped to have the space ready for visitors by Monday. "It won't be beautiful on the first day. We'll need some help mopping and painting and a million other things. But if there was one thing I heard in our months of working together on this, it was that everyone wanted a hand in building the new space," Montgomery wrote. "This is our chance." TechShop was a maker-space in Bakery Square that provided people with access to laser cutters, 3D printers, welders and other equipment most could not afford to own their own. Several people built prototypes at TechShops or ran businesses out of the location. Montgomery and a handful of TechShop members formed Protohaven after TechShop announced it would close its location at Bakery Square. The location was scheduled to close at the end of November but TechShop abruptly declared bankruptcy Nov. 15 and closed down all its locations nationwide. "TechShop is closed, but this community isn't. We did this. It feels great to be a part of it," Montgomery wrote. Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook. You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service . We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information. While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers. We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites. We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation. We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly. We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.