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Walsh Asks Public To Help Create Roxbury Innovation Center

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is asking the community to help design Roxbury's innovation center.

The city of Boston has released a Request for Ideas (RFI) for the 3,350 square foot innovation center planned for the redeveloped Ferdinand Building in Dudley Square. The call for ideas and proposals includes innovation-related programming, concepts and business models for the site.

"I want to bring the future economy to every Boston neighborhood, and the Roxbury Innovation Center will be the catalyst for Dudley Square," Walsh said in a statement. "I'm looking to Boston's vibrant innovation community for ideas on how to shape this opportunity, and to lay the groundwork for this exciting approach to economic development."

The center will be located on the second floor of the Ferdinand Building, which is currently being redeveloped and will be the future headquarters of Boston Public Schools. The building is slated to open in the first quarter of 2015.

The RFI is not a formal procurement process to select an operator, but an informal solicitation to gauge interest and gather information. The RFI form can be found on the city of Boston's website. Responses will be collected until Sept. 1.


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