Stockton expansion will create 'true university feel' in AC, planners say

April 3, 2019 Press of Atlantic City

David Danzis

The developers of the Stockton Gateway Project believe a planned dormitory expansion will create an authentic college atmosphere around O’Donnell Memorial Park.

The Atlantic City Development Corp., or AC Devco, outlined the second phase of its $62 million proposal as a courtesy review to the city’s Planning Board on Tuesday.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has land-use and zoning authority over the city’s defined Tourism District, which includes both the current Stockton University campus and the proposed expansion site.

Jon Barnhart, a planner and engineer with Arthur W. Ponzio Co. & Associates, told the board the intent of the project was to “develop a campus setting around the park,” which would create a “true university feel.”

AC Devco intends to convert the former Eldridge Building, between Atlantic, South Hartford and South Providence avenues, into a six-story, 105-unit dormitory with the potential for retail space on the ground floor. The building would provide living space for 405 students.

Barbara Woolley-Dillon, Atlantic City’s director of planning and development, said she reviewed the proposal along with Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. prior to Tuesday’s presentation.

“We’re pleased to see development,” she said. “The partnership with AC Devco has worked well, and we appreciate their continued support of Atlantic City.”

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