Demolition of Eldredge Building gets underway, making way for Phase II of Stockton's AC campus

June 8, 2021 Press of AC

Demolition of the Eldredge Building across from O'Donnell Memorial Park was underway Monday as part of Phase II of Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus.

Developer AC Development Corp. broke ground in October for the residential dormitory expansion.

The six-story, 135,000-square-foot student residence hall will be built at Atlantic and South Providence avenues in the University District, across from the park. The 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 new dorm will complement the 533-bed Boardwalk residence hall and three-story academic building that opened in fall 2018.

“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 has 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 demolition of the Eldgredge Building is another step in the $64 million project scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Originally scheduled to break ground in March 2020, Phase II was stopped in its tracks by the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 began to impact New Jersey's finances, $4.6 million in state funding earmarked for Stockton's expansion was frozen.

Following lengthy budget negotiations in Trenton over the summer of 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy released the money and state lawmakers approved the allocation.