SOVA Innovation Hub

J. Harman Saunders Construction has begun work at the site of the future SOVA Innovation Hub in downtown South Boston including installation of a storm water and sanitary sewer system.

The site of the future SOVA Innovation Hub was buzzing with activity recently as workers with J. Harman Saunders Construction were busy with site preparation work for the $5 million project.

Pre-cast concrete structures, pipe and other construction materials has been collected at the site in the past several weeks, along with equipment in preparation for the beginning of site work.

Dean Elliott, senior vice-president with J. E. Burton Construction, said site preparation work included installation of a storm water and sanitary sewer system.

Elliott estimated J. E. Burton Construction would begin foundation work at the site in January and work with structural steel at the site of the project in March.

Construction on the hub would probably take the rest of 2020, weather permitting, according to Elliott.

A $5 million investment in downtown South Boston, the SOVA Innovation Hub is a partnership between MBC and Microsoft designed to spur economic opportunity in the region.

The hub is projected to be a two-story building covering 15,000 square feet at the site of a former tobacco warehouse, which burned to the ground in 2002.

According to Microsoft, the Hub will be a 501(c)(3) organization that will leverage Microsoft TechSpark investments within the regional tech talent pipeline initiatives to create sustainable impacts on education and job growth in the region.

In addition to the work performed by J. Harman Saunders Construction, the town of South Boston in October entered into a memorandum of understanding with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communications Corporation (MBC) calling for the town to provide street lighting, sidewalks and landscaping along Wilborn Avenue adjacent to the Innovation Hub site.

MBC will provide a drainage pipe underneath the Wilborn Ave. sidewalk under terms of the memorandum of understanding..