The seven-acre innovation district, dubbed Innovate ABQ, currently houses the old First Baptist Church and the Lobo Rainforest Building, the first and largest structure on the site, which provides student housing, offices and startup and entrepreneur incubation space. Plans for the seven-acre site include developing several smaller buildings surrounding the Lobo Rainforest Building and renovations to the old First Baptist Church. Dubbed “The Jungle,” the old church could serve as a multi-faceted incubator space to support collaboration and community activities.
These types of developments take time, but their impact is great. A tech and innovation hub could provide valuable resources to local entrepreneurs and startups and bring more opportunity into New Mexico.
See Jacob Maranda’s June 1 article, “Inside the Innovation: Lobo Rainforest Building anchors some big plans for Albuquerque’s Innovation District,” on the New Mexico Inno website here: https://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/inno/stories/inno-insights/2023/06/01/lobo-rainforest-building-innovation-district.html?utm_source=st&utm_medium=en&utm_campaign=me&utm_content=AQ&ana=e_AQ_me&j=31671331&senddate=2023-06-02