Casa Branca is a village created in the 1860s, due also to its good water reserves, to support the railroad lines in Alentejo.
It became the main train line junction, from Lisbon (the capital) to either Beja and Évora – two major settlements in Portugal’s mid-region. With a once booming population of 600, it has since been reduced to a population of 80 individuals, mirroring what happened in many inner villages in Portugal.
This left a significant real estate complex in the hands of the railroad company and of the Portuguese public infrastructure company.
Most of this infrastructure is now abandoned and ready for the takeover of a major makers movement vision and project.
World of mouth then made Hank hear about this story! He loved this story and proposed to close his makerspace in Czech Republic and bring his +3 containers equipment to Casa Branca!
No more hesitation between the both parties (Hank and the Montemor-O-Novo municipality) a year after the cooperation contract was signed!