Cooperative workspace takes shape at 30 Maplewood Avenue

PORTSMOUTH – Jennifer Ramsey has a unique perspective on what’s going on at 30 Maplewood Ave.

She is the designer, developer and, ultimately, a tenant of the mixed-use commercial and residential project at what used to be the non-descript offices of the state Department of Health and Human Services.

“It’s my baby,” said Ramsey, an architect and founder of SOMMA Studios who partnered with local developer Steve Kelm to acquire and rehab the two-story structure into three stories that include commercial space at street level and townhouse condominiums on the second and third floors.

The development totals about 35,000 square feet. About 14,000 square feet on the first floor is for commercial development. That includes 7,500 square feet devoted to COVE, what Ramsey describes as an updated version of the cooperative workspace trend.

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