University of Georgia’s New $4.4 Million Innovation Hub Opens on Spring Street

Part of the Innovation District, the Innovation Hub will support the university’s continued efforts of fostering innovation and aiding startups as well as hosting events for local organizations
University of Georgia’s New $4.4 Million Innovation Hub Opens on Spring Street
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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.

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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.

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Innovation Hub Exterior | Photo: Masato Webb for What Now Atlanta
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Masato Webb

Masato is a fourth-year student at the University of Georgia studying Management Information Systems while also pursuing a Certificate in Sustainability. He is passionate about responsible, sustainable, and equitable urbanism. Based in Athens, he covers construction and development topics in the Athens Metropolitan Area with an emphasis on projects within the city limits.

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