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May 8, 2012

Putting the Tech in Metrotech

Start-Up MakerBot Industries to Move to Downtown Brooklyn; Engineers Mixing With Office Workers

The Wall Street Journal
by Laura Kusisto

Metrotech is getting its first actual tech tenant in its 20-year existence.

The MakerBot lease is also good news for Forest City Ratner Cos., which owns One Metrotech and a large chunk of Downtown Brooklyn's office space.

In recent years, the landlord tried to attract more media, nonprofit and technology companies to the area, especially given that demand for back-office space has shrunk.

"We've had creative, media and not-for-profit tenants. This is our first technology company. We hope it's the first of many," said MaryAnne Gilmartin, executive vice president of commercial and residential development for Forest City.


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