Downtown Albuquerque at Central and Broadway and the Aperture Center at Mesa del Sol are emerging as two prime locations for new “innovation hubs” that aim to promote high-tech business development.
The University of New Mexico, the city and other potential public and private sector partners have been discussing the best places to build a proposed research district, known as “Innovate ABQ.”
No decisions have been made. But a design consultant hired by UNM has pinpointed the Downtown location as an ideal spot where technology startups, researchers and support businesses can come together to create a modern urban development zone that offers high-wage jobs, housing and a bustling retail and entertainment environment.
That site, however, would take time and significant resources to develop, making Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center a complementary location where a business incubator could open immediately to help startups commercialize technologies from the state’s research institutions. Aperture is Mesa del Sol’s community center and shared space for businesses and scientific research.
Having two locations would mean building Innovate ABQ in two phases, each with different goals, UNM President Bob Frank.