Why? We believe in the future of Hugo and the talented, rugged individualism that calls our community home.
At The Garage, our mission is to energize local economy by creating opportunities for people and business to be connected, and for all to be creatively inspired. Providing support through location, resources and accessibility. We do this on 2 avenues under one roof! We are home to a coworking and business incubator space. Our meeting space is a flex-use space, which can be set up to accommodate your needs.
We aim is to provide a resource rich environment for everyone in the community to learn, live, work and grow.
Our impetus to revitalize our local economy is twofold: First, to restore and renew this blighted building in a highly visible, impactful location. Second, provide a much-needed resource to support economic development, creating a more resilient future for our community.
Past and Future
Built in 1954 as a Texaco gas service station and motor lodge, we are now working diligently to renew this building and property, re-purposing it into a space that fosters innovative entrepreneurs, productivity, creativity and community.
Once complete, The Garage will be the home to a fully accessible coworking space with high speed internet access, including professional meeting space, office resources and a creative incubator space. The large outdoor area will include pop-up business space and back yard work patio with art garden.
We love our town and have a dream to help preserve what is already here along with providing what it needs to sustain long term viability. At the Garage we live by the principles – Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. We work to preserve, rehabilitate and restore, rather than demolish and build new. Buildings and period architecture are monuments to our past and historical heritage for the future.
In 2017 we purchased an old 1950’s Texaco gas station, comprised of a retail area and a 2-bay mechanic shop. Previously unused with no active utilities for +20 years, it became home a large pigeon population. We are working diligently to refurbish this building into a place where everyone in the community can access much needed resources.
The buildings architecture represents a boom time economy in rural mid-West America, during a time of cross-country family road trips with overnight stays at motor-inns. Located on a major travel route, Highway 287 was built in 1940 during the Roosevelt Administration as part of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1938. This highway is now nationally recognized as the Ports to Plains Highway.
We reuse and repurpose as much as we can from within Lincoln County. We use locally sourced talent and materials to facilitate a greater impact on our local economy. To date, about half of all labor has been provided on a volunteer basis. Our local utility companies (The Town of Hugo Public Works, Black Hills Energy and ES Tech) have provided labor hours and equipment to help us re-establish services to the building. KC Electric helped replace burnt out light bulbs to the +40’ high billboard sign with LED bulbs donated by a non-profit supply house. We received a generous community donation of interior lighting products to illuminate the two bay mechanic shop area. Our long term goal is to be a resource for recycling and smart water conservation practices including showcasing low use fixtures throughout the property.
Our restoration priorities for the building are – restoring the exterior; including sealing up the roof, replacing the front façade with glass which is currently boarded up with OSB, and installing 2 properly functioning garage doors. The interior will be scrapped, cleaned and sealed with clear sealer to preserve its unique and testimonial appearance, giving all who enter the building the vision and experience of what it was once like. Our second priority is to install a new sewer line, replacing the current collapsed line, to provide restroom facilities to all of those who will be enjoying the property.