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SUNY Upstate, ESF break ground on $22M CNY Biotechnology Research Center

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The transformation of the former Kennedy Square property into the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center began Tuesday when officials broke ground on the 14-acre site in Syracuse.

Leading the ground-breakers was SUNY's new chancellor, Nancy L. Zimpher, Ph.D., who is on her first trip to Syracuse, visiting SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Zimpher's support of the project is key as the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center is a collaborative effort between Upstate and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Foresty.

SUNY Upstate will use approximately four acres of the site to build the Biotechnology Research Center, a $22 million, 60,000 square foot public/private alliance created to stimulate economic activity and create jobs in New York using biotechnology as a driving force. The center will create and support biotechnology, educational and research programs with its major partners, SUNY Upstate and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

The center will seek corporate tenants interested in small medical device development and other medial research, as well as serve as incubator space for start-up biotechnology companies.

Development ideas are being sought for the remaining 10 acres. Early discussions have suggested that the land be used for residential, educational and commercial use. A request for proposals will be issued in the near future to seek development options.

Kennedy Square is a 14-acre parcel located north of campus, bordered by E. Fayette Street on the south, Forman Avenue on the west, E. Water Street to the north and S. Crouse Ave. to the east.