By: Joshua Gras, Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Stockton University recently began development on the Phase II Residence Hall for its Atlantic City campus. The Eldredge Building, which is currently on the site, is being demolished one floor at a time due to its close proximity to other structures. Demolition of the Eldredge Building is expected to take place throughout the summer.
According to Donald Hudson, vice president of facilities and operations at Stockton University, the residence hall will open in the next two years.
“We are thrilled that the project is making progress and look forward to welcoming students in the fall of 2023,” Hudson said in a press release.
The project cost the school $70 million and will house 416 beds. The university partnered with the Atlantic City Development Corporation as part of this project. AC Devco is a nonprofit developer and has previously worked on Stockton’s Atlantic City Campus.
To help pay for the site, Stockton took out a $10.2 million loan from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and the rest of the project will be funded through bonds from the Atlantic City Improvement Authority.
Stockton seems eager to keep expanding its Atlantic City campus in more ways — especially after striking a deal to create a new eSports facility in the city. With so much development, students and faculty can hope that this marks the dawn of a new day for the city that’s faced many economic hurdles in recent years.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.