Thriving neighborhood once stood in present site of Innovation Quarter
Redevelopment in the former tobacco district in downtown Winston-Salem has brought new life to the city, but the history of the district has not been lost.
In order to complete the narrative of the transformation of the tobacco district into the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Quarter hosted an event Saturday at The Biotech Place to celebrate the area’s past.
Clock Ticking On Funding For Downtown Revitalization Project
A deadline is quickly approaching about a development project that could breathe new life into downtown Winston-Salem. Developers are anxious to start the Bailey Power Plant project before historic credits expire.
The iconic R.J. Reynolds smokestacks at the Bailey Power Plant are still part of the downtown skyline. Operations have been shuttered for nearly two decades, and now there’s a plan to revitalize the property.Read More
Council approves innovation quarter and pepper building deals
The Winston-Salem City Council gave the go-ahead to several economic development efforts on Monday, approving a new location for a parking deck in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and a loan to jump start the renovation of the Pepper Building.
The parking deck project is a relocation of one that was approved by the city council in 2013. At that time, the proposed deck location was in the block bounded by Research Parkway and Seventh and Fifth streets.
Center for Design Innovation awarded HoloLens developer kits from Microsoft, to add hologram augmented reality to its line of research
Center for Design Innovation, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system, is a finalist in the Microsoft HoloLens for Academic Research program and will receive two HoloLens developer kits and specialized training at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA.
This award will enable CDI to advance its research by augmenting design processes with interactive holograms. The award will introduce cutting edge technology to faculty and students from CDI’s academic partners including Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College.Read More
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter gathering district’s history as it moves toward its future
The redevelopment of former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. buildings in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is laying out a new future for the downtown Winston-Salem research park.
But to not lose the district’s past, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is hosting “Remembering the Neighborhood,” a free public event on Nov. 21 to collect and commemorate stories from the former manufacturing hub and surrounding area.Read More
Creative Revitalization Requires Commerce and Community Downtown
You can’t say that the officials behind the Innovation Quarter are blindly banking on one specific thing to continue to revitalize Winston-Salem in its ongoing transformation from a tobacco town to a hub of technology, education, entertainment and culture. On Nov. 3, at the Center for Design Innovation, Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, gave a recap of where the project stands today and where it’s headed in the coming years. An extended greenway system, an iconic archway over the interchange of Research Parkway and US 52, designs to transform the Bailey Power Plant into a mixed-use facility by mid 2017, and longer-term plans for 2.5 million square-feet of new construction in what’s called the Central Area over a 10- to 15- year period were all part of the quarterly presentation.Read More
Inmar’s Technology Team to Host Community Tech Night
Inmar Inc.s computer engineers spend their days developing technology and data solutions for the worlds leading brands, retailers and health systems and will spend the evening of November 12 serving those in the community who have computer issues or just want to learn more about them. Inmar is teaming with WinstonNET to offer this service. WinstonNET is a community technology nonprofit with a mission to close the digital divide and serve as a resource for computer access and training.Read More
Editorial: Bailey Power Plant: Time, money of the essence
There’s agreement among our leaders on the necessity of renovating Bailey Power Plant, a crucial piece of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The tricky part is paying for that renovation.
Developers have asked the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to provide $3 million each to help complete it, the Journal’s Meghann Evans reported recently. We hope they’ll be able to find ways to meet much of that request. This is a project that should eventually pay for itself, both in terms of encouraging economic development and in growing the tax base.
Carolina Liquid Chemistries Completes the Family of Chemistry Analyzers Designed for All Sizes of Clinical Laboratories
Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. (CLC) recently completed their branded line of chemistry analyzers which completes their all new family of instruments. The FDA cleared the CLC1600 as part of the CLC6410 family for use with a variety of methods. C
Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp, known for providing clinical laboratories with instruments and over 80 reagents that aid in diagnosing and treating patients, now offers the CLC720i, CLC800, CLC1600, and the CLC6410. The CLC1600 meets the needs of a high volume clinical laboratory, while offering current technology typically not available on older analyzers.Read More
Winston-Salem Combines History With Modern in Downtown
As cities across the United States try to draw in growth with the help of modern architecture and development, investors and officials in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are finding that growth comes with a mix of modern taste and old, historic structures.
Years ago, giant tobacco factory buildings, part of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., ruled Vine Street in Winston-Salem.Read More
Bailey Power Plant plans moving forward in Innovation Quarter
The redevelopment of the Bailey Power Plant complex may finally be coming to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
Wexford Science & Technology, the development partner of the Innovation Quarter, is going forward with the redevelopment, assuming the city and county step in to help.
The decision comes as time is starting to run out for taking advantage of tax credits that have made much of the renovation possible in Innovation Quarter.
Possible Bailey Power Plant Renovation
The last remaining historical R.J. Reynolds property in downtown Winston-Salem in need of improvements could soon be getting a much needed face lift.
Wexford Science and Technology may invest $40 million into the Bailey Power Plant. The potential plans call for a mixed use development with retail, restaurants and office space. However, the company is asking city council for $3 million back in property taxes over a period of 10 years.Read More
WFU Announces Plans for Undergraduate Classes in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Wake Forest University announced Wednesday that it will offer undergraduate classes in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem.
WFU has leased space in a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. building from Wexford Science and Technology LLC of Baltimore, the university said in a statement. Wexford is renovating space in the 60 series building, next to the planned home of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, to accommodate classrooms and laboratories for undergraduate science programs.Read More
Challenges Loom in Winston-Salem Innovation Quarter’s Future
Its gradual shift from a research park to an innovation district in recent years has put Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on a path to developing a work, live, learn and play culture and community in Winston-Salem.
This hub of activity on about 200 acres is rising from old tobacco factories and warehouses in eastern downtown, creating a knowledge-based innovation ecosystem to include developers, people, product partners, technical and legal teams, workforce training, incubators, and capital and management for sustainability. It is a place for research, business and education in biomedical science, information technology and advanced materials.Read More
Eric Tomlinson: No Dust On Us – Or Our Vision
“Why go live there, isn’t it just an old tobacco town?” they asked. I smiled, and without really knowing why, said “I think it’s on its way to becoming a cool place again. Yes lads, I’m off to The City of Arts and Innovation!”
Three years on, it is so much fun to experience a vibrant downtown Winston-Salem, with new businesses, hotels, residences, restaurants, shops and other enterprises sprouting up in streets that until recently were moribund on weekdays and deserted after dark.Read More