The Science Park and Research Campus (SPARC) Kips Bay will be a first-of-its-kind job and education center in the heart of New York City, transforming the Hunter College Brookdale campus into a state-of-the-art life sciences, healthcare, and public health hub, and bringing public realm improvements to the broader Kips Bay neighborhood.
SPARC Kips Bay will transform Hunter College’s antiquated Brookdale Campus into nearly two million square feet of modern academic, healthcare, and life sciences space. The project will support the continued growth of the life sciences and healthcare industries in New York City through the construction of new facilities and the cultivation of the city’s talent pipeline in these industries.
The SPARC Kips Bay Master Plan represents a shared vision for the future of this site and outlines key next steps to advance the project into design and construction.
All renderings, courtesy of SOM / Miysis.
The campus will include classrooms and labs across three integrated City University of New York (CUNY) schools—Hunter College School of Nursing, CUNY Graduate School of Health & Health Policy, and Borough of Manhattan Community College health care programs; an NYC Public Schools health and science-focused high school; outpatient ambulatory care services and a training simulation center for NYC Health + Hospitals; a new forensic pathology center and medical examiner facility for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; life sciences research labs for companies of all sizes; and community and retail spaces.
Life Sciences Investment
As New York City becomes a national leader in the life sciences industry, Kips Bay is at the center of this growth. With up to one million square feet of life sciences space planned, SPARC Kips Bay will help the city achieve the goals set out in LifeSci NYC of creating 10 million square feet of new life sciences space in New York City by 2030. The project is supported by strong City and State collaboration, with $1.6 billion in City and State funding committed to support the education, public health, and healthcare components of the project, alongside critical community infrastructure. This initial investment will leverage an additional $2 billion in private funding to help realize the project and continue growing the life sciences industry in Kips Bay.
Tech Forward Life Sciences RFEI
In early 2024, NYCEDC will release an RFEI to shape a vision for life sciences at the site, focusing on tech forward data-driven life sciences in the heart of Kips Bay.Sign Up for Updates
Public engagement is an important throughline of the project, starting during the creation of the master plan and extending through future design. Building on engagement to date, NYCEDC, CUNY, and SPARC Kips Bay agencies will continue to coordinate with the local community to solicit input and integrate community priorities into the design. This will include the formation of the SPARC Kips Bay Community Taskforce, co-chaired by Council Member Keith Powers and Community Board 6, to help guide this community feedback process.
Additionally, to support the workforce development aspects of the project, the SPARC Kips Bay Education, Training, and Workforce Development Taskforce will be formed. This taskforce will be composed of campus institutions and relevant City, industry, and workforce partners, to create and support integrated academic and career pathways for the campus population and beyond.
Following the release of the Master Plan, the full site will undergo environmental review and land use entitlements. NYCEDC will deliver phase one of the project on behalf of CUNY and the City, along with the community infrastructure—including SPARC Square, the new 25th Street pedestrian bridge, and floodwall tie-in. Construction is expected to start in late 2025 and continue through the end of 2031.
SPARC Kips Bay
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