Piloto 151 opens its 5th location in a historic property in Miramar
The house was restored preserving all of its original features, including its embossed aluminum ceilings, while tempering the interiors in the modern style of Piloto 151.
With an investment of $800,000, Piloto 151, a leader in the coworking industry in Puerto Rico, announced the opening of its fifth location in the heart of Miramar, located in a historic house built by the architect Antonin Nechodoma in 1910. Piloto 151 has invested more than five million dollars ($5M) in the established locations and has generated more than twenty direct jobs.
With this new expansion, Piloto 151, which was recently accepted into the prestigious League of Extraordinary Spaces throughout the world (LExC), is managing close to 80,000 square feet of commercial space in San Juan. Thousands of local and foreign entrepreneurs are part of its physical memberships and virtual offices, enjoy its spaces and services, including its virtual mailboxes for mail handling, supporting business growth in and outside of Puerto Rico.
“Today is a historic day for us at Piloto 151, and we are extremely happy and committed to the island’s business and technology community. When we started on this path nine years ago, the term coworking was not known on the Island, but today, thanks to our efforts and the development of the business ecosystem, thousands of Puerto Rican and foreign companies reduce their risk, save time and money, and make way for a hybrid and flexible workplace because this offer exists in the market. Throughout the years, we have been promoters and witnesses of the transformation of our business ecosystem,” said Sofia Stolberg, cofounder of Piloto 151.
The house of the new Piloto 151 location is known as Casa Grande, a historical heritage site whose restoration was under the supervision of the architects Pablo Ojeda and Sara Baldassi. The house was restored preserving all of its original features, including its embossed aluminum ceilings, while tempering the interiors in the modern style of Piloto 151.
Soraya Sesto, owner of the house and co-founder of Casa Grande Interactive, comments: “From the moment we acquired the property as the headquarters of our company, we have taken our responsibility to preserve this historic heritage for future generations very seriously.”
The house was originally designed as the summer residence of the Benítez family, owners of sugar mills in Vieques and parents of the former builder of Hotel Normandie. Casa Grande restored the house in the early 2000s and now again for the use of Piloto 151.
Juan Carlos Stolberg, cofounder of Piloto 151, adds: “Preserving heritage is not incompatible with economic development. Our first space in Old San Juan confirmed that it is possible to create an innovation center in a centennial building. In fact, an important part of attracting local and foreign entrepreneurs to do their best work from Piloto is precisely due to the rescue of unique properties that manage to inspire and motivate all those who work there.”
Piloto 151 Miramar in Casa Grande is now open to the business community. Amazon Web Services becomes the main tenant, opening its first office in Puerto Rico.
Piloto 151 has locations in Old San Juan, Santurce, and now in Miramar.
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