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The University of Georgia this month opened its Innovation Hub. Under renovation since February 2020, the Innovation Hub is housed within a 1940s masonry warehouse — formerly referred to as the Spring Street Building — within steps of The Arch and Downtown Athens, at 210 Spring St.
The facility offers over 10,000 square feet of flexible space for faculty, students, businesses, and local organizations to continually support the University of Georgia’s innovators and leaders. It is another step towards the University of Georgia’s master plan for its Innovation District (shown below) which is planned to comprise over ten buildings across campus and the south end of Downtown Athens.
The Innovation Hub joins Studio 225, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Terrell Hall to become the fourth Innovation District-purposed building.
The Thomas and Spring Street corridor has been eyed by many developers for new construction and is likely poised to be the epicenter of the city’s continued densification as many of the Downtown plots become occupied. The University of Georgia’s master plan map highlights its intent to densify the area as well as the west end of campus along South Lumpkin Street which is currently occupied by surface lots.