Bluefield business incubator set to open in March

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

After nearly seven months of construction, the new Bluefield Commercialization Station soon will be ready for occupancy. Located in the old freight station on Bluefield Avenue, the $2.5 million project is designed to serve as a business incubator focusing on manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

The tentative completion date for the project is March 19, weather permitting, according to Jim Spencer, the city’s community and economic development coordinator.

 The federal funding award allowed the city to begin renovations inside of the old freight station. The work included electrical upgrades, new lighting, new doors and windows and various other improvements.

The city was originally awarded $2 million in federal grant funding for the project in October 2016 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Another $510,000 in local funds from the Shott Foundation also were allocated toward the development of the station.  

 The purpose of the 60,000-square foot facility is to provide a business incubator for entrepreneurs with manufacturing serving as the main goal. Five bays between 8,000 to 10,000 square feet with 17-foot ceilings will be available and each includes office spaces.

 The city is focusing on building businesses from the ground up through entrepreneurship. And that is precisely what the Commercialization Station is all about and those who take advantage of it will have plenty of help. The city has many partners in the project that are ready and willing to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground, and do it in the station.

Bluefield Commercialization Station soon will be ready for occupancy. Located in the old freight station on Bluefield Avenue, the $2.5 million project is designed to serve as a business incubator focusing on manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

The tentative completion date for the project is March 19, weather permitting, according to Jim Spencer, the city’s community and economic development coordinator.

The federal funding award allowed the city to begin renovations inside of the old freight station. The work included electrical upgrades, new lighting, new doors and windows and various other improvements.

The city was originally awarded $2 million in federal grant funding for the project in October 2016 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Another $510,000 in local funds from the Shott Foundation also were allocated toward the development of the station.  

The purpose of the 60,000-square foot facility is to provide a business incubator for entrepreneurs with manufacturing serving as the main goal. Five bays between 8,000 to 10,000 square feet with 17-foot ceilings will be available and each includes office spaces.

The city is focusing on building businesses from the ground up through entrepreneurship. And that is precisely what the Commercialization Station is all about and those who take advantage of it will have plenty of help. The city has many partners in the project that are ready and willing to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground, and do it in the station.