Hamden Business Incubator Ribbon Cutting
Public and economic-development officials from Hamden and beyond cut the ribbon for the region’s newest incubator/business center Monday at 496 Newhall Street. Originally constructed in 1917 the one-time Newhall School housed some 20,000 square feet of classroom and office space before the addition of a gymnasium in 1941 doubled the school’s footprint. After it outlived its usefulness as a school, 496 Newhall housed a number of town departments and services, and finally a community center, before it was shut down for good in 2004 and left derelict.
A decade ago the Hamden Economic Development Corp. began eyeing the abandoned property as a possible future home for startup businesses that couldn’t afford a standalone facility. Today, the result of that process is a (still) 40,000-square-foot facility that houses individual and coworking offices spaces ranging from 650 to 4,200 square feet. PAC Group was hired to manage the renovation project that included reuse of and additions to the existing structure including all new roofing, new windows and doors, brick repairs, all new mechanical and electrical systems, interiors design, and substantial site work.