Liberty Science Center announced on May 25 that it selected Alpine Residential, a New York-based developer of residential housing nationwide, to create Scholars Village at SciTech Scity.
Scholars Village is anticipated to consist of two state-of-the-art, sustainable 200,000-square-foot, 200-unit market-rate apartment buildings, as well as ground-floor retail space and parking for entrepreneurs, teachers, students, families and individuals who want to be part of a community harnessing the power of science to create a better world.
Scheduled to open late 2023, SciTech Scity is Liberty Science Center’s planned 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” that will launch and grow dozens of world-changing science and technology companies and reimagine public school science education. It will bring together entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, students, and other thinkers and doers who share renowned computer scientist Alan Kay’s prescription that “the best way to predict the future is to invent it,” according to the Center.
“The Scholars Village residential housing is essential to making SciTech Scity a 24/7 community, and we engaged a first-rate developer,” said Paul Hoffman, LSC president and chief executive officer. “Alpine Residential shares our vision of invention and social impact and has deep knowledge of Jersey City. We are excited to be working with them, and look forward to getting started.”
Alpine Residential plans to incorporate innovative systems and sustainable technologies into Scholars Village. These may include greywater/stormwater recycling (integrated with the Center); solar energy collection and storage; 3D printing set up in units; composting integrated into trash removal; smart HVAC/heating systems with the ability for residents to monitor usage (with an awards program for the most energy-efficient tenants); upgraded package technology; managed Wi-Fi network throughout the building; and electric vehicle charging stations.
The apartment units themselves will feature modern finishes and offer smart devices and conveniences to residents, which may include smart keyless entry locks, smart thermostats, doorbell cameras, voice and app-controlled lighting, speakers and window treatments, wireless charging built into countertops, and more.
Construction of Scholars Village is slated to begin in early 2022 and completion and grand opening set for mid-2024.