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South Boston waterfront now home to city's first Innovation Center

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 2, 2012 09:39 AM

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On Tuesday Mayor Thomas M. Menino broke ground on the South Boston Waterfront’s $5.5 million “Boston Innovation Center”.


Mayor Thomas M. Menino broke ground Tuessday on the South Boston waterfront’s $5.5 million Boston Innovation Center.

Touted as a major milestone for the Innovation District, the 12,000 square-foot center is designed to support Boston’s emerging innovation economy. The center will act as a gathering place for entrepreneurs and designers to meet and collaborate, as well as a space to hold programs and events.

“This is a key piece of innovation infrastructure for Boston,” Menino said in a statement. “There are dozens of organizations in Boston looking to support entrepreneurs, hundreds of people interested in mentoring start-ups, and thousands of talented individuals looking to make their impact. This will be their gathering place.”

The new one-story structure includes 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space, along with 3,000 square feet of restaurant space and a test kitchen. The space will also be equipped with video studios, high-tech conference rooms, and modular meeting and gathering spaces.

The center will be leased by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for five years with an option to renew for another five-years. The center is estimated to be open by the fall.

Tim Rowe, founder of the Cambridge Innovation Center, will oversee daily operations at the South Boston center, including the center’s programming, which will work to encourage collaboration and resource sharing.

“Entrepreneurs thrive when they can connect, trade ideas, and share talent,” Rowe said in a statement. “Mayor Menino and his partners at BGI/Morgan Stanley are making a huge investment in collaboration-building with this project, and we know it will pay dividends for the region’s economy.”

Along with the center’s groundbreaking the mayor also announced his crowd-sourcing initiative called “Where Will You Gather?” that aims to find a name for the center. The public can suggest names at www.WhereWillYouGather.org or through the initiative’s twitter handle, @IDGather.

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A rendering of the new center slated to be opened in the fall.

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A rendering of the new center slated to be opened in the fall.

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