Call the moving trucks: the Emerging Technology Center is leaving its Canton office and headed to a new location at 101 North Haven Street near Highlandtown.
It’s a “chance to start ‘fresh’ to really define what the space would be,” said Deb Tillett, president of the ETC, by e-mail. “Work spaces today are vastly different from what they were just a few years ago.”
In a press release announcing the move, Tillett also said moving to Haven Street “allows us to make room in Canton for some of our key graduate companies.”
Since its inception in 1999, the ETC has rented 50,000 square feet inside the Can Company complex along Boston Street in the Canton neighborhood. The ETC’s lease for this space expires in October 2013, and there’s been some uncertainty over the last year as to whether the lease would be renewed.
The 101 North Haven Street location will be an “adaptive reuse of an historic industrial building that was once home to the King Cork and Seal Company,” according to the release. It sits to the east of Patterson Park.
By phone Friday morning, Tillett said the ETC would take up the third of three floors inside the Haven Street location, and that the building is 70,000 square feet in total. Two incubator companies and two startup companies will be moving with the ETC to the new location, though Tillett can’t announce their names just yet.
“I’m really excited,” she said.
According to the release, the new location “will house 31 resident startup companies, while serving as a ‘hub’ for the ETC’s growing portfolio of virtual companies.”
Of the 284 companies the ETC has helped since its founding, either with office space or through its AccelerateBaltimore accelerator program, 85 percent are still in business, and a little more than half of them are still based in Baltimore city.
The ETC, which is overseen by the Baltimore Development Corporation, will maintain its other location at Johns Hopkins University – Eastern Campus on 33rd Street.
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