Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, has announced gifts totaling $15 million in support of a planned campus that will serve as an incubator for science and technology startups as well as efforts to reimagine K-12 science education.
The investments in SciTech Scity, as the campus will be called, include $10 million from former U.S. congressman and New Jersey state senator Frank J. Guarini — the largest gift ever to LSC — and a $5 million match from LSC board co-chair David Barry and other local developers. With support from founding sponsors EY and Verizon, Joe and Millie Williams, and others, and the donation of a 12.5 acre parcel from the city, the first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in late 2022. In recognition of the gift, the thirty-acre campus, which will include the existing Liberty Science Center, will be named the Frank J. Guarini Innovation Campus.
Plans for phase one include three construction projects — Edge Works, which will feature a fabrication lab, research and development labs, co-working space for startups and entrepreneurs, a conference center, and a tech exhibition gallery; Scholars Village, which will provide housing for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, STEM grad students, and families; and Public Commons, which will include a five-acre park, greenhouses, an events plaza, and a boardwalk.
"Many of us believe that the renaissance of Jersey City began with Frank Guarini's visionary work," said LSC president and CEO Paul Hoffman. "As a real estate leader, political leader, and businessman, Frank has fostered Jersey City’s success with intelligence, integrity, humor, and elegance. His $10 million gift to SciTech Scity will ensure that Jersey City has a bright future as a world-class center for innovation."