ATLANTIC CITY – NJ Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Stephen Sweeney will be among the speakers at the groundbreaking for the new Phase II Residence Hall at the Stockton University Atlantic City campus 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at O’Donnell Memorial Park in Atlantic City.
The new student Residence Hall will be constructed in the University District, at the site of the Eldredge Building at Atlantic and South Providence avenues, across from O’Donnell Memorial Park and near the Atlantic City campus.
The 135,000-square-foot building will feature apartment-style living with a total of 416 beds. There will also be a lounge, meeting room and laundry facilities. Residents will have access to parking in the existing parking garage.
“We thank Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature for recognizing and providing the support Stockton needs to operate and expand our Atlantic City campus,” Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said. “It is more important than ever to create a more diversified economy in Atlantic City. The new residence hall will give even more students the chance to live, learn and earn in Atlantic City.”
The construction will again be a public/private partnership with the Atlantic City Development Corporation, which developed the first phase of the Gateway Initiative that includes the Stockton Atlantic City campus, South Jersey Gas headquarters and AtlantiCare Urgent Care.
“We are thrilled to be able to move forward with this project as part of the Gateway Initiative,” AC Devco President Christopher Paladino said. “This Phase II investment will join South Jersey Gas and AtlantiCare to further enhance the Chelsea neighborhood.”
Stockton Atlantic City opened in fall 2018 with an academic building, 533-bed residential complex and parking garage.
The groundbreaking was initially scheduled for March but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The anticipated completion date is fall 2023.
The Oct. 14 event will comply with state COVID-19 guidelines.