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Pittsburgh's TechShop gets 60-day lease extension, to stay open through November

Aaron Aupperlee
| Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Andy Leer shows President Obama how a 3-D printer works on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, during the president's tour of TechShop in Bakery Square in Larimer.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Andy Leer shows President Obama how a 3-D printer works on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, during the president's tour of TechShop in Bakery Square in Larimer.

TechShop has been given another 60 days to do business in Pittsburgh's Bakery Square as the nonprofit created to take over its operations raises money and looks for a new home.

Walnut Capital, the landlord of TechShop's storefront, extended the lease until Nov. 30.

“This extension has been a real boon for us,” said Devin Montgomery, a TechShop member and leading force behind Protohaven, the nonprofit formed to take over TechShop.

TechShop's corporate office in San Jose announced in June that it would close its Pittsburgh location. The Pittsburgh maker space that gives people access to high-tech tools unavailable to most entrepreneurs and startups was losing about $360,000 a year and did not have the membership numbers of other TechShops around the country.

Pittsburgh's TechShop was initially scheduled to close at the beginning of September but the company announced in July it would stay open through the end of September.

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The shop's new 60-day window gives Protohaven more time to raise money and look for a location, Montgomery said.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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