AMESBURY — It seems that Newburyport’s loss is Amesbury’s gain. The Newburyport CleanTech Center will be moving to Carriagetown later this summer, possibly bringing up to 100 jobs with it.
“It’s a big win for Amesbury,” Mayor Ken Gray said. “It demonstrates that we are moving Amesbury in a new direction that mixes business and job growth with environmental responsibility.”
Established in 2011 by a group of Newburyport businessmen including president Bob O’Brien, CleanTech hoped to draw green entrepreneurs to the 13,000-square-foot building at Lord Timothy Dexter Industrial Green by providing them with a reasonably priced workspace.
“We don’t want to be a 100,000-square-foot shop, building cars,” O’Brien said. “Leave that to someone else. Getting people going, shared equipment, that type of thing, loading docks so that people don’t need to have everything exclusively and paying through the roof.”
The lease on Mulliken Way was running out and set to increase, O’Brien said. Having already filled the facility, O’Brien said he didn’t want to pass the new lease rate onto his clients, and he was also looking to expand.
“We were looking for a willing partner to join up with us and be more reasonable to how rent was being charged, and we couldn’t find anyone in Newburyport who was listening,” O’Brien said. “So we got in touch with Dan Healey over in Amesbury and he has been a pleasure to work with.”
Healey was interested in renting out his 11 Chestnut St. location and O’Brien and company were put in touch with the ARC Technologies CEO through former City Councilor Christian Scorzoni. Suddenly, O’Brien had more than 48,000 square feet to play with.
“I am thrilled about the flexibility that Dan Healey has offered us,” O’Brien said. “As well as his willingness to look at the business model that we are trying to deliver, which is trying to keep prices lower for early-stage companies as opposed to trying to hook them for the long term. One of the casualties of early-stage businesses are real estate costs.”