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Stockton, AC Devco Plans Atlantic City Residence Hall Construction

Stockton University and the Atlantic City Development Corporation have announced plans to proceed with Phase II construction at Stockton University Atlantic City.

A 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 140,000-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.

The construction will again be a public/private partnership with AC Devco, which developed the first Gateway initiative that includes the Stockton Atlantic City campus, South Jersey Gas headquarters and AtlantiCare Urgent Care.

“Stockton University and its partners set the stage for a new economic development strategy with the Gateway initiative,” said AC Devco President Christopher Paladino. “Today thousands of students, staff, visitors, and employees of Stockton, South Jersey Gas and AtlantiCare have changed the tempo of the streets of Chelsea. This Phase II investment will further add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.”

Stockton Atlantic City opened in fall 2018 with an academic building, 543-bed residential complex and parking garage. This spring, almost 1,500 students are taking at least one class in the John F. Scarpa Academic Center.

“We thank Gov. Phil Murphy, Senator President Sweeney and the Legislature for providing the support Stockton needs to operate and expand our Atlantic City campus,” Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said. “We are excited to be able to expand our presence in Atlantic City and contribute to creating a more diversified economy. The new residence hall will allow even more students to live, learn and earn in Atlantic City through academic, internship and employment opportunities.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Residence Hall has been scheduled for 12:30 March 27 in O’Donnell Memorial Park, across from the Eldredge Building. Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney are expected to attend. Please note, this event is subject to change based on developments in coronavirus response.

Demolition of the Eldredge Building is projected for summer 2020 with construction of the new Residence Hall to begin in the fall. The target completion date for students to move in is fall 2022.

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