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Roll Up Your Sleeves Roundtable

East County Center for Science and Technology

John A. Korpela, Montgomery County—Department of Economic Development

The East County Center for Science and Technology (ECCST) site is approximately 115 acres of industrially zoned land, located adjacent to two Paint Branch stream tributaries. Prior to its closing nearly seven years ago, the site served as a sewage composting facility for 15 years, and the property now suffers from pollutants including e.coli and underground chemical storage tanks, as well as off-site pollutants from local dry cleaning operations.

Early estimates include a 30,000 gross square feet single-story building that could accommodate 12-14 biotech companies and 12-20 IT and bioinformatics companies at any given time. Laboratory suites will be furnished with the necessary fixtures such as benches, ventilation hoods, hook-ups for connecting to special gasses needed for research work, typical basic laboratory installations and all required infrastructure. The office suites will offer standard installations, but furnishing and equipment (computers, etc.) will be provided by the respective business. To date we have no designs for this new-construction incubator building, but would be interested in having the group give early input into the East County space based on what we have constructed at other sites.


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