Modern Sprout Will Bring All Operations Under One Near West Side Roof
Modern Sprout, which has operated in an incubator space in the Kinzie Corridor, is expanding its footprint by 70%. The startup geared toward urban gardening will occupy a 38,997-square-foot space at Manna Capital Partners’ 2145 W. Grand Ave. On Chicago’s Near West Side.
The new space, which will house offices, production and fulfillment, will be Modern Sprout’s first self-contained facility. Previously, the company occupied multiple spaces spanning 23,000 square feet at an Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago incubator space.
“After doubling in size in 2021, we reassessed our space and needs as a company, and it made sense for us to consolidate our team into one unit and build out a more efficient workspace,” said co-founder Sarah Burrows. “We are committed to staying in Chicago’s Near West Side as we love the neighborhood and it’s where so many of our team members live.”
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).
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