Feedback: Lincoln Building Would House Tech Start-ups

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Lincoln Building owner Brian Murray presented his plans to Advantage Watertown on Thursday.

He has big goals for the century-old building, including store fronts, office space, apartments and something called a business incubator, in this case, for technology start-ups. 

The incubator would house several new businesses under one roof and offer inexpensive rent and access to support.

"The idea is someone would like to start up a business, there's a home for them where they can share resources they might not otherwise have access to, people to give advice, a conference room, just a place to hang your hat and have an address," said Murray.

The plans are part of a larger effort to bring new business downtown.

"I think when you look at Mercy complex, Woolworth Building and the Lincoln Building, what you're going to see is a project of regional significance to rehabilitate downtown," said Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

Murray says he believes the Lincoln Building project could transform downtown.

"I really feel like if this project moves forward and I'm confident it will, that it's going to do wonders for downtown," he said.

Murray is still working on securing financing for the $12.8 million project.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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