Innovation Square Attracting More Than High-Tech Companies

24, May 2013

Innovation Square has been known for its recent influx of high-tech companies. Lately, however, supporting businesses have been moving into commercial property in the area in an effort to assist these companies with their varying needs. Architechts, construction firms, and law firms are a sample of the variety of organizations interested in the location near the University of Florida and Downtown Gainesville. As development in the Innovation Square community continues, it is expected that more organizations will look to commercial rentals there for future growth prospects.

The following is an exerpt from Anthony Clark's article in the Gainesville Sun on Mobiquity's intent to create jobs in Gainesville:

Recent months have seen two construction companies, an architect, an office furniture business and a patent attorney move into renovated offices that once housed medical practices around the old Shands at AGH site on Southwest Second Avenue at Seventh Street that is now home to the Hub.

Bigger changes are in store.

Trimark Properties hopes to break ground next month on the eight-story Infusion Technology Center next to the Hub. Managing Partner John Fleming said the developer has serious interest from a handful of tech companies, including three that want multiple floors.

And Ed Poppell of the University of Florida Development Corporation said he is working with developers who hope to bring a hotel, grocery store and apartments to the Square.

The Gainesville architectural firm Ponikvar & Associates moved to the renamed Ayers Technology Plaza building and turned its new office into a showcase for business furniture in partnership with OEC Business Interiors. Prospects interested in opening businesses in the area can drop in to see what a renovated office can look like, while giving Ponikvar and OEC a leg up to offer their services.

"If there's going to be growth in Gainesville, this is the area where that's going to happen, and we would like to be part of that," President April Ponikvar said about the decision to move from the Florida Farm Bureau building south of Williston Road near Interstate 75 into the Ayers Technology Plaza.

Trimark Properties, developers of the Infusion Technology Center, have a wide selection of office space for rent in Gainesville that will assist companies as they find a home in Innovation Square.

Ponikvar & Associates' recently upgraded space within Ayers Technology Plaza