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Notley announces new tenants at The Center for Social Innovation and hard hat tour dates

Notley is proud to announce the first wave of innovative tenants that have landed at The Center for Social Innovation, a growing community of nonprofits and social ventures clustered at Springdale General in East Austin. College Forward, Texas Book Festival, Austin Community Design & Development Center, HousingWorks, The Brown Firm, Glasshouse Policy, Austin Monitor, Half Helen Foundation, Austin Parks Foundation, EcoRise, Black Fret and AIDS Services of Austinhave all signed multi-year leases.

“We moved College Forward’s headquarters to The Center for Social Innovation because we wanted to be located directly in the center of gravity for Austin’s social innovation community, and to foster and find collaborative opportunities with like-minded people,” said Austin Buchan, College Forward’s CEO. “We are excited to continue to grow as an organization at our new home, and contribute energy and resources to the impact ecosystem.”

Located 10 minutes from downtown Austin at 1023 Springdale Rd. in East Austin, along the Springdale Road corridor near Airport Boulevard, The Center will feature a 50,000 square-foot campus of office and meeting space and 10,000 square feet of co-working space, bringing together nonprofits, social enterprises and capital providers in the same physical space to foster collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A hard hat tour for interested tenants, potential coworking members, and those looking for affordable meeting space is set for next Tuesday, October 10th at 9 a.m. Please RSVP here. To request an invitation to the media tour taking place November 7th at 3 p.m.,please email hello@socialinnovationaustin.org.

“Our goal with this project is to provide open, flexible and affordable office space that encourages collaboration within Austin’s social impact community,” said Dan Graham, Co-Founder of Notley. “The response and interest from the community has been tremendous and The Center already has 75% of the available space already committed.”

To inquire about availability for office space, the coworking space, or to book the 5,043 square-foot meeting space for 2018, please visit


Notley partnered with Springdale General and architect Michael Hsu (the team that created Canopy) to create The Center for Social Innovation. The space is designed to increase interactions among participants in Austin’s social innovation ecosystem. Nonprofits, social enterprises, city innovation leaders, and their neighbors will gather and collaborate in public spaces. Walkways, covered entries and a large courtyard connect the buildings on the campus. Tenants will have access to shared conference rooms, deeply discounted meeting space and monthly on-campus programming.

“The Center for Social Innovation is really the result of a community needs assessment. We talked to impact investors, nonprofits, social impact companies, board members, service providers and many others, and we kept hearing over and over that office space was a major pain point. Other common refrains included the lack of affordable meeting space, and a concern that there were too few opportunities for collaboration. We realized that we could solve each of these challenges by creating The Center for Social Innovation” said Matt McDonnell, Partner at Notley.  “Hopefully this is a model that can be replicated in other markets,” he added.

“I really think that in 10 years what we’ll have is an entrepreneurial area, or district, that’s centered in East Austin as a hub for socially-minded businesses in every stage of development,” said Dan Graham. “I really believe that with its booming tech industry, growing population and the giving nature of its residents, Austin is a well-positioned city to leverage its capital, wealth of nonprofits and the entrepreneurial nature of the city to become a global leader in the field of social innovation.”

Springdale General is being developed by Central Austin Management Group. In addition to The Center for Social Innovation, Springdale General will be home to a vibrant group of makers and creatives. Other tenants in the 165,000 square-foot complex range from art consultants, to ceramicists, to product designers, to an aerial arts studio. Caffe Medici will debut its roasting facility in the center and will operate a cafe. There will be several other food vendors, bike racks, Car2Go parking and ample indoor and outdoor gathering space on site. Other nearby amenities include restaurants, Friends and Allies Brewery, Austin Bouldering Project and quick access to East 6th and Town Lake.

“The mission of Springdale General is to provide affordable, flexible space for our creative and nonprofit communities and the Center for Social Innovation and Caffe Medici are the perfect tenants to attract other like-minded businesses in the community,” said Daryl Kunik, Founder, Central Austin Management Group.

A hard hat tour for interested tenants and those interested in the meeting will take place Tuesday, October 10 at 9:00 a.m.

For inquiries on the tour, to request an invitation to the November 7 media tour, or for leasing and meeting space information about The Center for Social Innovation, please contact hello@socialinnovationaustin.org.

For more information on The Center, please see www.socialinnovationaustin.org.

For more information on Springdale General, please see:


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