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November 12, 2018 | West Philly Local
675 Market Street is officially open. On Friday, Nov. 9th, building management threw an open-house party at the 14-story office tower, intended to be the new hub of the Science Center’s “uCity Square” planned community. Alongside the Science Center, several other building tenants including Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Biolabs, Backstage Capital, and Wexford Science + Technology opened their doors to the public. All six floors of the event were packed solid for most of the evening as building tenants, sponsors and community partners welcomed guests for tours, drinks, live music, performance art and even the occasional impromptu dance circle.
The Science Center is relocating their headquarters and several programs, including the Firsthand children’s science program, and the popular Quorum drop-in workspace and lounge, from down the street at 3711 Market to the brand-new building. Additionally, CIC is opening an open-plan coworking area with desks available to rent on a monthly basis for anyone looking for a dedicated spot to set up shop. Venture firm Backstage Capital will be operating the Philadelphia arm of their accelerator program out of that space as well.
uCity Square is what the Science Center and partner Wexford Science + Technology are calling their plan to create a high-tech hub centered in the space between Presbyterian Hospital, UPenn and Drexel. The ambitious community would feature 6.5 million square feet of space for science and technology-oriented offices, labs, new housing developments, retail and dining. For more information, go here.