NEW YORK CITY-Brooklyn Navy Yard, Roosevelt Island and othercity-owned sites are all possibilities for the development of anapplied sciences research facility here, the Bloombergadministration said Thursday. The city issued a Request forExpressions of Interest from major universities and similarorganizations to partner on such a facility, which would be gearedtoward opportunities for commercialization.

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“To make it happen, we are prepared to make a significantcapital contribution and possibly offer city sites,” Robert K.Steel, deputy mayor for economic development, said in preparedremarks Thursday. “It’s been done before. Cornell is located inIthaca, but it chose to establish its first-rate medical school inNew York City. NYU this year welcomed its first incoming class ofstudents to NYU Abu Dhabi. We can do it again here in NewYork.”

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The announcement was made at Google’s New York City offices at111 Eighth Ave. In a release, Stuart Feldman, Google VP ofengineering, says his company supports the initiative, “which willincrease the amount of advanced scientific work being done in NewYork City, attract people into important fields, and raise therecognition of New York as a great science center.”

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Initial plans for the research facility call for a focus onapplied engineering, according to a release. Other fields withinthe applied sciences including environmental science, mathematics,chemistry, physics and computer science will also beconsidered.

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The city says a majority of the development must be for academicuse, and could include teaching space, wet and/or dry labs andconference facilities. Proposals that also include space forrelated commercial activity such as business incubators, corporateR&D facilities and spin-out companies are “stronglyencouraged,” as are joint-ventures and consortia proposals.

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Earlier this month, Steel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and othercity and state officials were on hand as another commercialresearch facility, the Alexandria Center for Life Science, held alaunch ceremony. As with the Alexandria Center, which is beingbuilt on city-owned land, the applied sciences facility is intendedto diversify the city’s economy.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.