Proposed Berkshire Innovation Center Lacks Raison d’Etre

The proposed “Cleanroom” at BIC

THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD has earmarked $1 million from the GE Economic Development Fund to jump start the stalled construction of the proposed Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), according to iBerkshires.

The 10-year-old project, which is purportedly going to be something between a business incubator and a research and development center, is proposed as a 20,000 square-foot facility at the William Stanley Business Park.

What has never been made clear in the decade that the project has been on the map is just what this center is going to be, other than a $15 million industrial field of dreams. Other than Patrick Muraca’s fraudulent biotech company, no business has ever been identified as a potential inhabitant of the center, and small manufacturers aren’t known to be knocking down the doors to set up shop in the post-industrial wasteland left behind by General Electric.

Also in Berkshire Eagle.


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