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The Hub Collective

A Convergence of Creators

The East End’s industrial makerspace and manufacturing center is home to Houston’s top fabricators, manufacturers, crafters and innovators.

Our anchor tenant TXRX Labs is helping us create grassroots innovation and a collaborative, diverse community of makers and problem solvers.

Roland von Kurnatowski, President of TXRX Labs

As the City works to strengthen the local economy by creating a strong and sustainable innovation ecosystem, TXRX co-locating in the East End Maker Hub is a game-changer for an economically challenged neighborhood. This is the perfect bridge between economic resilience and community revitalization.

Location Highlights

Close to Downtown

The East End Maker Hub is only 3.8 miles from Downtown Houston, making it convenient for innovation startups and small businesses.

Near the Port

Only one mile from the Port of Houston, the Maker Hub is ideal for heavy fabrication operations with procurement or large transport and shipping needs.

Easy to Access

Commuting to the East End Maker Hub is simple via I-10 and I-45. Clear signage marks all property entrances for visiting guests.

Makerspace & Manufacturing Center

From white box studio and innovation lab space to industrial fabrication shop space, the East End Maker Hub offers specialized space designed with your needs in mind.

Home of TXRX Labs

As Houston’s largest manufacturing incubator, TXRX Labs provides valuable guidance and resources for innovation startups and small-batch product manufacturers including ideation and R&D, prototyping and testing capabilities, and access to manufacturing equipment.

Simple Transportation Options

The Hub is within walking distance of the METRORail Green Line Altic/Howard Hughes and Cesar Chavez/67th St. stops as well as the 028 OST-Wayside and 020 Canal/Memorial METRO bus routes. A private parking lot and bike racks are available on-site, free to tenants and their visitors.

History

The East End Maker Hub’s 300,000-square-foot facility is a collaboration between Urban Partnerships Community Development Corporation (UPCDC) and TXRX Labs.

The Hub is intended to provide TXRX and other Houston innovators with a state-of-the-art makerspace and manufacturing center, the opportunity to expand and scale operations and to create positive economic impact for Houston’s End End residents.

TXRX Labs invested $1.25 million in equity into the East End Maker Hub and UPCDC raised the additional $35.75 million in capital required for the project through New Market Tax Credits (NMTCs), funding partners, the City of Houston and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. NMTCs were provided by Research Park, the People Fund, and McCormack, Baron, Salazar. The East End Maker Hub is a Community Wealth Building Project.

Economic Impact

Driving Economic Resiliency

The East End Maker Hub will generate an estimated $153 million in annual economic impact. Investing in innovation and manufacturing will diversify Houston’s economy, decreasing dependency on a single industry like oil and gas.

Strengthening the East End

The Maker Hub will strengthen Houston’s East End community by creating 400+ local jobs directly along with 200 induced jobs annually, providing the area with long-term employment, business and retail opportunities.

Supporting Local Businesses

Flexible and affordable leases, on a sliding scale based on what individual founders can afford, are among the ways we aim to advance local innovation and manufacturing.

Providing Career Opportunities

Career training and trade skills education that open doors to middle-income jobs for all Houstonians are critical—especially for those from non-traditional backgrounds who have not yet gained access to a path to upward economic mobility. The Hub provides job training to 75 adult Houstonians and welcomes over 500 young people for hands-on project-based learning annually.

Vision for the Future

We are committed to meeting the needs of Houston’s East End by utilizing community members' talents to manufacture goods and perform services that benefit the community socio-economically.

Team

Get to know ‘the who’ behind The Hub

Our team brings a wealth of experience from a variety of different backgrounds, all crucial to bringing the vision for The Hub to life.

Urban Partnerships Community Development Corporation (UP CDC) lends broad community development and commercial leasing expertise, while TXRX Labs provides valuable technical insights and knowledge of makers’ and manufacturers’ needs.

Patrick Ezzell

President, UP CDC

"The Hub is building wealth in the community, enhancing the surrounding neighborhood, while creating jobs."

Roland von Kurnatowski

President, TXRX Labs

"The Hub will be the new home to the new wave of small batch manufacturing."

Mike Pittman

Development Associate/Realtor, UP CDC

Jaime Herrero

Executive Director, EEMH

Joseph Miller

Education Director, TXRX Labs

Project Partners

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