East End, Maker HUB*

Houston, TX

The East End Innovation and Maker Hub (“The Hub”) was conceived by Urban Partnerships Community Development Corporation (“UP CDC”) to bring new jobs to Houston’s East End with a focus on providing training to local youth and adults looking to gain employment in manufacturing. The Hub serves as a job and talent incubator in the East End neighborhood.

The Hub involves the purchase and rehabilitation of a 307,000 SF warehouse facility located on 22 acres in Houston’s East End neighborhood and has created affordable space to rent to small and medium-sized manufacturers, who in turn employ individuals in varied strata.

The Hub has leased 57,000 SF of below-market rental space to various small and medium-sized manufacturers and light industrial businesses needing workspace for creative offices, studios, and shops.

Full time jobs predominately have been created through the workforce training program facilitated by TXRX. Workforce training programs include: Core STEM Career Skills Certification (Math, Safety, Computer Aided Drafting and Community Aided Manufacturing). The Hub also has apprenticeship programs that provide specialized training for in-demand skills such as CNC Plasma/Laser/Waterjet/ Machining, Woodworking and Electronics Assembly and Testing. TXRX also partners with area schools to provide access to makerspace, apprenticeship opportunities and training for high school students pursuing tech careers.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Quick Facts 

Square Footage: 307,000

Total Project Cost: $30,740,950 (NMTC) and $37,251,762 (including EDA)

Developer/Owner/Leverage Lender: East End Maker Sponsor, LLC. (‘Sponsor’)

Allocatees: MBS Urban Initiatives CDE, USBCDC, People Fund CDE and URP CDE (Urban Research Park CDE).

NMTC Equity Investor: US Bank CDC

Architect: Method Architecture

Projected Construction Jobs: 158 FTEs

Projected Permanent Jobs:   135 FTEs created including, 101 Retained Jobs. The project expects to create 375+ additional jobs over the course of 2 years.

Community Partners: UPCDC, TXRX and the City of Houston.