Newton-Needham road project finally shifts into drive

January 22, 2018

"The project is also a top priority of the N2 Innovation District, a partnership of officials in Newton and Needham, local businesses, and the Newton Needham Regional Chamber to boost economic growth along Route 128."

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Needham Tries to Buck Trend of Businesses Ditching Burbs for Boston

November 29, 2017

“There are companies that want to be in Boston that don’t want to pay Seaport prices,” N-Squared Innovation District Director Chuck Tanowitz said. “It’s an expensive way to live.”

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Executive Profile: Yuchun Lee and Mark Magnacca, the Odd Couple of the corporate world

October 3, 2017

They were both budding entrepreneurs as youths, they love the craft and art of business, and they’ve had a heck of success as co-founders of Allego Inc., a Needham developer of a software platform for corporate employee training sessions. Founded four years ago, Allego already counts among its clients John Hancock Financial, MFS Investment Management, SAP and Red Hat, among others. Inc. magazine recently ranked Allego as one of the fastest-growing private software companies in the nation.

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Your brain doesn't like classrooms. This MIT blackjack ace figured out how you learn best.

October 3, 2017

Yuchun Lee, the son of a Taiwanese ship captain, earned concurrent bachelor's and master's degrees (in electrical engineering and computer science) at MIT and founded his second company while on the school's notorious blackjack team. After that company--Unica--sold for half a billion dollars, he co-founded the Needham, Massachusetts-based online training company Allego, using skills he picked up at school and casinos. --As told to Zachary Lipez

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Nielsen to acquire Needham-based Visual IQ for its marketing tech

October 3, 2017

Nielsen Holdings plc, best known for its TV ratings data, has agreed to buy Needham-based marketing technology firm Visual IQ Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Nielsen expects the deal to close in October.

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N-Squared District Block Party Brings Neighbors Together In Newton-Needham

July 27, 2017

Wednesday evening in the N-Squared corridor, classic rock and sounds of summer bounced off the TripAdvisor building as a little block party, complete with cornhole and an ice cream truck, brought folks from surrounding businesses together for a little mingling.

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New England Mobile Book Fair’s former site on the market

July 26, 2017

“I’m not sure what will end up in the lot, but really the sky’s the limit,” said Greg Reibman, president of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. “Needham Street is poised to undergo a significant transformation as part of the N-Squared Innovation District. Boston Ballet will soon be training the next generation of dancers here. NewTV is already here and has become a pioneer in original programming and commercial production. Northland Development Corp. has great plans to bring innovative companies to that historic mill building at the corner of Oak Street and to add apartments and shops that will transform the entire area. And, of course, the state and the city are working right now on a redesign of Needham Street that will make this area much more walkable and bikeable. ”

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Five things you need to know today, and what's going on in Needham?

July 20, 2017

"Just off Exit 19, there's a 500-acre area that Newton, Needham and the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has been pitching as the logical expansion space for Boston's 'innovation' companies to consider. Known as the N-Squared Innovation District, it includes Normandy Real Estate Partners’ Founders Park, the former General Dynamics campus that’s now home to the headquarters of travel website TripAdvisor Inc. and home-appliance manufacturer SharkNinja."

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Longtime New England Mobile Book Fair home hits the market

July 19, 2017

The longtime home of the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton is on the market, with Boston Realty Advisors marketing the property as “a rare redevelopment opportunity in one of Boston's most densely populated and supply-constrained markets.”

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Community, tech culture draw Israeli businesses to Needham/Newton

July 18, 2017

The innovation district spread across Needham and Newton has become a nest for startup companies over recent years, most recently with SharkNinja settling in last month. Among these businesses, there has been a growing community of companies with ties to Israel, such as enVerid, Kaminario, CyberArk, Centerity, Karyopharm, Intigua and MedMinder.

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Inside SharkNinja's Needham HQ

June 29, 2017

Some 400 SharkNinja employees just moved into 175,000 square feet at the leased A Street building in the N-Squared Innovation District along the Newton line, consolidating a workforce that had been in four Needham and Newton locations into expanded space.

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SharkNinja moves into 175,000-square-foot headquarters in Needham

June 28, 2017

SharkNinja becomes part of a trio of anchors in what's being promoted as the N-Squared Innovation District. The others: TripAdvisor, which opened anew headquarters in 2015, and NBC, which just received a $2 million property tax break for a new regional center.

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City Council approves biotech labs by right

June 16, 2017

"This proposed ordinance would increase Newton's ability to attract the well-paying, new economy jobs that we are looking to bring to the N-Squared Innovation District and the city by ensuring that biotech and life science businesses know that they are welcome here in Newton," said Mayor Setti Warren.

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Commentary: Lab permitting process needs an update

June 3, 2017

The 2016 economic development study from the N-Squared Innovation District by Camoin Associates specifically recommended biotech as a strong area for growth. Making it easier to open a biotech in Newton could greatly enhance the city's ability to attract companies to Wells Avenue and other parts of the city.

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NBCUniversal seeks tax exemption for opening headquarters in Needham

April 3, 2017

Under the agreement the company will receive a 70 percent real estate tax exemption for the first four fiscal years it is operating in Needham, a 5 percent exemption in the fifth year and a 1 percent exemption for the last five years, according to the town's TIF schedule.

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NBC Universal seeks to build $125M regional HQ in Needham

March 30, 2017

The NBC Universal project would create a media cluster that could prove attractive to related companies, said Chuck Tanowitz, the acting director of the N-Squared Innovation District.

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NBCUniversal plans a $125m headquarters in Needham

March 29, 2017

Three months after launching a new station to serve the Boston market, NBCUniversal is moving ahead with another big local investment: a $125 million regional headquarters in the Needham Crossing office park.

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Design revision request for Needham Newton Corridor sparks concern

March 21, 2017

"MassDOT recognizes that the Highland Avenue/Needham Street corridor is an important facility for individuals walking, bicycling, driving motor vehicles, utilizing public transit and all other forms of transportation," a MassDOT spokesperson said in a written statement.

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Three things to know about the progress in Needham Crossing

March 20, 2017

When completed, the project will have included the redevelopment and construction of six office buildings, 390 apartment units, two hotels and 20,000 feet of retail space, according to Senior Vice President of Normandy Real Estate Partners Jamie Nicholson.

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Four developments in the Newton-Needham Innovation District

February 3, 2017

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber, working with both municipalities and area business leaders, is looking to attract innovative companies and people to the recently rebranded N-Squared Innovation District.

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Newton-Needham's N2 Innovation District is bringing the urban startup vibe to the burbs

January 30, 2017

The Newton-Needham area is home to many of the Bay State's leading innovators and entrepreneurs. Yet, over the past few years, the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has sought to promote these two Boston suburbs as vibrant places to work, not just to live, by attracting cutting-edge companies to the N2 Innovation District (pronounced N-Squared), which runs along Route 128 and straddles the Newton-Needham border.

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Newton-Needham Regional Chamber to build N-Squared Innovation District

January 17, 2017

Six months after releasing a report detailing the viability of creating an innovation-driven economy in the area, the chamber is launching a fundraising effort, hiring a staff member dedicated to building the N-Squared Innovation District and launching programs aimed at driving innovation and attracting business to the region.

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N-Squared District launches major fundraising effort

January 11, 2017

The effort aims to raise $325,000 to sustain the N-Squared Innovation District for the next two years, with funds supporting the hiring of a full-time district director, creating marketing materials, establishing tours and campaigns and building its digital brand.

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Fundraising campaign seeks to boost Newton-Needham 'innovation district'

January 11, 2017

The fundraising campaign is the latest step in an effort to grow and redefine what is now known as the N-Squared Innovation District, and follows the release in mid-2016 of a strategic plan for growing the corridor.

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First look: Boston Ballet School's expanded studio at former TripAdvisor HQ

December 9, 2016

The 26,550-square-foot studio will open at the former TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP) headquarters at 153 Needham St., where developer Crosspoint Associates is building out a 142,000-square-foot multi tenant retail development called Newton Nexus.

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Developer unveils plan for N-Squared village on Needham Street

November 2, 2016

The developers' vision includes 950 apartments above 100,000-square-feet of retail. It also integrates the historic mill complex that sits on the property, which would house the bulk of the development's commercial office space.

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Northland eyes up to 950 units with 'transformative' project in Newton Upper Falls

November 2, 2016

Northland's initial concept envisions 175,000 square feet of office space and approximately 200,000 square feet of retail space, plus pocket parks and a "central square at the heart of the new neighborhood" for gatherings and events.

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Across the river from Newton, development boom in Needham Crossing

September 22, 2016

In 2015, Normandy Real Estate Partners purchased the General Dynamics property and three other land parcels in the industrial park. Development plans include a new hotel, renovated office space, a 390-unit residential 40B; called the 2nd Avenue Residences, two garages and commercial space for restaurants and shops.

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New I-95 access opens gateway to N2 Innovation District

September 20, 2016

The new exits, which allow drivers to head southbound on I-95 toward Dedham from Kendrick and northbound I-95 drivers to exit directly into the N2 District, are the start of the transformation facing the region. Over the next few years more commercial offices, restaurants, retail stores, hotels and of hundreds of residential units will be added to the N-Squared Innovation District.

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Silicon suburbs? Newton and Needham make bid for tech hub

September 8, 2016

Suburban office parks are nothing new, of course. But business leaders and local officials say the N-Squared Innovation District will replace the traditional drive-in, drive-out mentality of the suburbs with a thriving community. To do that they're trying to liven up the area with new housing, restaurants and shops - a development cocktail that could entice another commercial powerhouse like TripAdvisor to settle down there.

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N2 Corridor's new name reflective of broader shift

September 1, 2016

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is rebranding the area in question - roughly 500 acres straddling Newton and Needham - as the N2 Innovation District.

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From the Chamber: A new gateway to the N-Squared Innovation Corridor

August 26, 2016

The newly named Interchange 19 is more than just another exit ramp off an interstate: It is a new gateway in the N-Squared Innovation Corridor - a public private effort to establish a suburban innovation district along the Newton-Needham line that will bring new businesses, jobs and tax revenue to both communities.

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Building a Nexus on Newton's Needham Street

July 27, 2016

A developer has begun transforming the 11 acres along the Needham Street corridor into a new mixed-use office park with restaurants, offices, storefronts and a medium-sized grocer.

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Plan unveiled to grow the N2 Corridor in Newton and Needham

July 5, 2016

The aim is to elevate the corridor regionally, nationally and even internationally as an innovation district - "a place where talent, innovation and community converge to support a vibrant, entrepreneurial economy."

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