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16 Tech Celebrates District’s First Building & New Road


Riverside Civic League President Phyllis Forney-Tate joined Mayor Joe Hogsett, City County-Council President Vop Osili, 16 Tech Community Corporation and Browning-Davis for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of Innovation Building 1 and Gent Avenue in the 16 Tech Innovation District on



Tuesday, August 4. More than 300 individuals joined the celebration virtually. 

The 120,000-square-foot research and office building was developed and financed by Browning Investments, and the joint-venture of Browning-Davis constructed the building which achieved over 50 percent participation from minority, women, veteran and disabled-owned businesses.

During the celebration, Phyllis Forney-Tate welcomed 16 Tech to the neighborhood, stating “This is 16 Tech’s official initiation to our Riverside village and we embrace the entire project family as our own.”

16 Tech also completed the construction of Gent Avenue from Indiana Avenue into the heart of the district. The new road will open to traffic this fall. 

What’s next? HqO, 16 Tech’s innovation hub, will open in early 2021. It will be home to flexible office and innovation space, a makerspace and artisan marketplace featuring food options and gathering space open to the public.

Check out 16Tech.com or plan to join the next virtual community meeting on September 25.


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