Renderings revealed for the SPARC Life Science and Public Health Innovation Hub in Kips Bay, Manhattan

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled plans to build Manhattan’s first Science Park and Research Campus (SPARC) in Kips Bay. Located on Hunter College’s Brookdale Campus at East 25th Street and First Avenue, SPARC is described as a center for career and educational innovation for the life sciences.

The project will transform an entire city block and create more than 1.5 million square feet of academic, public health and science space. The campus will be anchored by new educational facilities for more than 4,500 students from Hunter College’s School of Nursing and School of Health Professions, the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and the Manhattan Borough Community Multiple Health programs of the college.

Additional components include a blood testing center and outpatient center, a training center for simulated patient blood testing, a new high school focused on health and science, a new Forensic Pathology Center of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, office space and wet labs. The project will also create a new publicly accessible pedestrian bridge that connects East 25th Street to the East River and the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.

Area Map and Site Plan for SPARC Kips Bay – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

“This new science park and research campus in Kips Bay will not only be a hub for the life sciences industry and an anchor for the neighborhood, but also a bridge to the future for our city’s young people,” said Mayor Adams. “SPARC Kips Bay will transform an entire city block into a state-of-the-art destination for the life sciences industry and be a place where workforce development, economic opportunity and public health come together seamlessly – attracting businesses and encouraging New Yorkers to take our city back -stronger than ever with $25 billion in new economic activity for our city over the next three decades.”

Over the next year, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), CUNY and Skidmore Owings & Merrill will work in partnership to complete a master development plan to identify the site’s infrastructure needs, opportunities to create public open space, urban design and potential zoning changes needed to facilitate construction.

According to NYEDC, the project team intends to engage community leadership for feedback as the development takes shape.

The vertical campus will support an educational pipeline for teenagers and adults pursuing careers in the life sciences, healthcare and public health. CUNY will offer collegiate degrees and continuing education programs in public health and medical research. Career programs will include courses for doctors, nurses, biochemists and engineers, as well as a variety of support roles in life sciences and healthcare.

“SPARC Kips Bay represents an innovative approach to economic development in New York City, where we create clusters where commerce and schools work side-by-side to provide career paths for CUNY and DOE students in the innovative sectors of today and tomorrow,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Andrew Kimball. “Together, we are creating an unprecedented pool of diverse talent that will prepare our city for future health emergencies while developing new drugs, medical devices, innovative therapies and other products to help treat sick people and improve their lives and care.” .”

SPARC is expected to generate an estimated $25 billion in economic impact to the city over the next 30 years and spur the creation of 10,000 jobs. This includes about 8,000 construction jobs.

The $1.6 billion project will be jointly funded by the city and state with additional investment from the private sector. Construction is expected to begin in 2026 and be completed by the end of 2023.

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