Design drawings and site plan for Edge Works, an eight-story business incubation center that will serve as the centerpiece for SciTech Scite, have been approved by the Jersey City Planning Council.
The planning board also approved the subdivision of the land into plots for two other key components of SciTech Scity: Liberty Science Center High School and Fellows’ Village.
SciTech Scity, the 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” under development by Freedom Science Center, is expected to have a huge impact on Jersey City and the state when it opens in late 2023 or early 2024. Edge Works will play a big part in this.
Edge Works will include the Co-Creation Center, a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot conference center and cutting-edge technology exhibition gallery, and the Works, 60,000 square feet of research and development labs, workspaces and coworking offices for startups and entrepreneurs, as well as skunkworks suites, product showcases, consumer testing laboratories and offices for certain companies established in sectors of particular importance to the collective future of the planet.
The components of SciTech Scity
It’s easy – and awesome – to list the parts of SciTech Scity (see the full story here):
- On-board work: An eight-story, 100,000-square-foot business incubation center that includes a conference center and research and development space for startups and established businesses;
- Liberty Science Center High School: It aims to be the best STEM high school in the country;
- Village of scholars: Residential housing for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, STEM graduate students and anyone interested in being part of the SciTech Scity community;
- Public municipalities: 4 acres of outdoor activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation.
Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman said Edge Works would have a big impact.
“Edge Works will be a business optimizer, a new generation of innovation centers that maximizes business success and social impact,” he said. “Our goal is to bring together experts from multiple disciplines and harness science and technology to solve social problems and turn cutting-edge ideas into a reality that makes the world radically better. “
At the heart of the community, Edge Works will be interconnected with each of the elements of SciTech Scity: Liberty Science Center High School, Scholars Village and a Public Commons.
The planning board approval is the third recent major development for SciTech Scity.
On October 22, Governor Phil Murphy led a breakthrough at the site. It was also reported that Israel Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital system in the Middle East and one of the top 10 hospitals in the world, will be Edge Works’ premier innovation partner and global tenant.
Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity may include expanded incubation spaces, wet labs, additional schools, a large university satellite campus, or other facilities to spur STEM innovation and job creation.