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Stockton Atlantic City groundbreaking set for October

Stockton Atlantic City groundbreaking set for October

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Groundbreaking for A.C. Stockton Phase 2 in Oct.

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ATLANTIC CITY — Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney will attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Stockton University’s new residential hall.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at O’Donnell Memorial Park.

The new student residence hall — Phase 2 of the university’s city campus — will be built in the city’s University District, at the site of the Eldredge Building at Atlantic and South Providence avenues.

Murphy signed off on the state budget Tuesday after lawmakers passed the bill last week to account for dramatic fiscal changes because of the coronavirus. The new budget included previously frozen state funding for Stockton’s Phase II expansion in Atlantic City.

“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 135,000-square-foot building will feature apartment-style living with a total of 416 beds, according to a news release from the university. There also will be a lounge, meeting room and laundry facilities. Residents will have access to parking in the existing parking garage.

The anticipated completion date is fall 2023.

The construction will again be a public/private partnership with the Atlantic City Development Corp., which developed the first phase of the Gateway Initiative that includes the Stockton Atlantic City campus, South Jersey Gas headquarters and AtlantiCare Urgent Care center.

Stockton Atlantic City opened in fall 2018 with an academic building, 533-bed residential complex and parking garage.

The Phase 2 groundbreaking was initially scheduled for March but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Oct. 14 event will comply with state COVID-19 guidelines.

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