A groundbreaking was held yesterday for the Phase II of Residence Hall at Stockton University Atlantic City. The six-story, 416-bed residence hall, targeted to open in 2023, will be built at Atlantic and South Providence avenues in the University District, and across from O’Donnell Park and the Stockton Atlantic City Campus. It is being developed as a public/private partnership by the non-profit Atlantic City Development Corp, or AC Devco, which also developed the 2018 Gateway Project that includes Stockton Atlantic City and South Jersey Gas.
“I can’t wait to see this take shape,” Gov. Phil Murphy told some 150 guests at an outdoor ceremony held in O’Donnell Park, across from the Stockton Atlantic City campus. “It will create good jobs today, help prepare the next generation, and diversify the economy of Atlantic City.”
Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said the expansion is just another step in the university’s commitment to the city. “This shows our confidence not just in Atlantic City, but in the great state of New Jersey,” he said, citing the opportunities it would provide for students from around the state.
Stockton Board of Trustees Chair Raymond R. Ciccone said the Stockton Atlantic City campus was a success from the day it opened in September 2018, and the student housing on the Boardwalk there is the most popular among students.
“The housing from day one was at capacity and I am sure this one will be also,” he said. He cited programs offered in the city, including the Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration, which provide clinical opportunities in the city.
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