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Liberty Science Center breaks ground on $300 million 30-acre "City of Tomorrow" SciTech Scity campus in New Jersey

Oct. 25, 2021
The campus will offer students, residents and scientists an eight-story business hub, a public magnet STEM academy, residential housing, and a public commons area.

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., is constructing a 30-acre "City of Tomorrow'" SciTech Scity innovation campus.

Officials say the campus will bring together scientists, community leaders, teachers, students, innovators, and entrepreneurs, reports Tap Into Jersey City News

The $300 million, 30-acre facility will hold a business incubation hub, a high school, housing, public commons, a high-tech hospital simulation space and more. The campus is being built on land donated by Jersey City across the road from Liberty Science Center's main building. 

Among the campus highlights:

  • Edge Works is an organization that helps startup companies and entrepreneurs develop their business. It will be an eight-story business incubation hub consisting of the Co-Creation Center, a 40,000-square-foot conference center and tech exhibition gallery, and The Works, which consists of 60,000 square feet of research and development labs, workspaces, and co-working areas. 
  • Liberty Science Center High School will be a public magnet academy focused on STEM education. It will be operated by the Hudson County (N.J.) Schools of Technology and will provide programs in Earth (Sustainable Engineering and Climate Science), Life (Biological Sciences), and Space (Astrophysics) to 400 students in grades nine through 12 from across Hudson County.
  • Scholars Village will offer housing for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, STEM graduate students, and individuals and families who desire to be a part of the SciTech Scity community.
  • Public Commons will consist of four acres of outdoor activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration, and innovation.

Campus officials are also working with Israel-based Sheba Medical Center to create a “Hospital of the Future” simulation space, focusing on digital health and home health care.

Overall, nearly $42 million has been raised for Edge Works. Officials said the remaining funding is expected  to come from financing and government sources. An additional $5 million in private donations was raised to fund the creation of Liberty Science Center High School. Hudson County has pledged to float bonds to finance the school’s construction, and both Jersey City and Hudson County have pledged to provide operational support for Liberty Science Center High School for 30 years. 

The campus is expected to open in late 2023. 

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