Boilermaker Building being used for 'Start Up Utica'


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The Boilermaker building is being sold and will now be used for a project called 'Start Up Utica.'

The new owner of the building, Bob Harrod, hopes to help small, local businesses by offering low cost, low commitment office spaces.

It's a challenge Harrod faced when he was looking for a space for his mobile phone development software company, Technergetics.

"We saw a need for ourselves and we thought we could assist other small businesses," said Harrod. "My goal really is to help others."

The new office spaces are located just two doors down from the new student-business incubator where student entrepreneurs are given resources and mentoring to launch new businesses. Harrod hopes for synergy between the two.

So, here's the plan:

The first and third floors of the building will be split into office spaces. There will be room for about four small businesses per floor and the second floor will be a conference room and kitchenette for all the businesses to share.

Harrod hopes to close on the building in March and wants to hear from interested businesses immediately so he can tailor the design to their needs.

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