Jersey City and Partners Move Forward on Liberty Science Center High School

Phase One of SciTech Scity in Jersey City. All images courtesy of SciTech Scity.Phase One of SciTech Scity in Jersey City. All images courtesy of SciTech Scity.

A new world-class, science-focused public high school known as Liberty Science Center High School will soon begin construction within SciTech Scity in Jersey City. Developed under a public-private partnership between the City of Jersey City, County of Hudson, Hudson County Schools of Technology, and Liberty Science Center, the parties will share financial cost alongside philanthropic donors. The school will be built adjacent to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City and offer science, technology, engineering, and math classes for 400 students in grades 9-12. Students will have access to a work education program with over 200 technology startup companies that will also be a part of SciTech Scity.

Base plan of SciTech Scity in Jersey City

Base plan of SciTech Scity in Jersey City

Phase Two of SciTech Scity in Jersey City

Phase Two of SciTech Scity in Jersey City

“Partnering with the county, we’re creating an unparalleled opportunity for hundreds of students each year by disrupting the status quo and acting as a catalyst to promote future scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs in a one-of-a-kind setting that will become a sought-after destination for inspiration and innovation,” said Mayor Fulop. “Liberty Science Center High School will be a key asset interwoven into all SciTech Scity and will offer with internships, innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientists coming together to create a hub for learning and creation.”

Interior of Edge Works, in SciTech Scity in Jersey City

Interior of Edge Works, in SciTech Scity in Jersey City

The planned 30-acre innovation campus will be a technological hub for students, innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientists, fostering both learning and innovation. The City of Jersey City donated 12.5 acres to SciTech Scity and will provide $2 million annually in financial assistance for school operating costs. Liberty Science Center will contribute nearly $3.5 million for the construction of the project and philanthropic donations total another $30 million for the innovation campus.

Cross Section of Edge Works, in SciTech Scity in Jersey City

Cross Section of Edge Works, in SciTech Scity in Jersey City

Liberty Science Center plans to break ground on SciTech Scity this year and open the first phase, which includes the seven-story Edge Works incubator, in 2023. Edge Works will feature 100,000 square feet of research labs, studio space, open workspaces, and a conference center. The first phase will also include Scholars Village, two 12-story buildings with permanent residences for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, and their families in a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom units.

Cross Section of Scholars Village, in SciTech Scity in Jersey City

Cross Section of Scholars Village, in SciTech Scity in Jersey City

No details have been released as to when Liberty Science Center High School will be complete. Construction commencement is pending on approvals by both the Hudson County Commissioner Board and Jersey City Council.

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2 Comments on "Jersey City and Partners Move Forward on Liberty Science Center High School"

  1. Agnes de Bethune | March 24, 2021 at 2:12 pm | Reply

    As long as they provide parking for all this hub of activity, I’m fine with it. But living in the adjacent neighborhood is becoming untenable due to the volume of new units without any provision for all of us who need our cars. The movers & shakers of all this new construction have neglected those of us who have lived here for decades putting up with the worst blight and now turn their backs on our real needs. App-driven services don’t cut it for older folks who might need to get out to the VA for instance, or like to buy their fresh vegetables in East Rutherford because Jersey City is a food desert.

    • Hi neighbor!

      You’re not in a food desert. There’s a farmers’ markets downtown. 99 Ranch has produce fresh enough for most food snobs. But you know that. Maybe you just like East Rutherford?

      I’m one of those “older folks” who needs to get out to the VA. I take trains and cabs. It’s not hard. I was in the military for Christ sake. I can handle it.

      Look: if you want a car, no one’s stopping you. If you want free parking, it’s all yours while it’s there. If you want to stop the world so you can continue to have free parking… no.

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