50 Optical Drive

This multi-story, all concrete building was one of the first of its kind built in the United States in the 1920s. The four-story building contains 160,000 square feet of 12′ to 14′ clear space and oversized window openings. The floor plates are easily sub-dividable with existing elevator cores at each end of the building and a loading lock/freight elevator at the rear.

The building is situated on one of the most beautiful sections of the Innovation Center – the riverfront park. A generous lawn and mature plantings lead to the river edge. Tenants will have direct pedestrian access over a foot bridge over the Quinebaug River to the Wellsworth Hotel.

Given the building’s characteristics and setting within the park, 50 Optical Drive is ideally suited for housing, light manufacturing, research & development or office use. Current companies/uses include laser imagery and data recovery/storage for off-site mid-sized to large multi-national corporations.

Physical Description

Proposed Use: Housing, laboratory, data storage, classroom or office

Built: 1920

Number of Floors: Four

Net Rentable Area: 160,000± SF

Exterior Walls: Concrete

Floor Load: 300 lbs. per square foot

Ceiling Height: 12′ to 14′

Elevator: Existing freight elevator

Fire Safety: Fully sprinklered

Utilities: Building served by electricity, steam, hot/chilled water and fiber; natural gas available on‑site

Loading: One tailgate height with leveler and lighting

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