Press of Atlantic City
With gamblers patronizing two reopened casinos and students attending classes next door at the newly opened Stockton University campus, South Jersey Gas showed off its contribution to the revitalization of the resort Wednesday, celebrating the opening of its new headquarters with board members, business leaders, elected officials, employees, project partners and others.
“It’s not the first ribbon cutting here in Atlantic City this year, and that’s a little point, but a really important point,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during the ribbon-cutting. “It’s just the latest in a string of celebrations that all point to one irrefutable fact: Atlantic City is back.”
The 200 South Jersey Gas employees who will be in the resort daily will contribute to the city’s economy, Murphy said.
Employees were already at work at desks in the rates and regulatory department on the building’s fourth floor. More than one speaker pondered how anyone would be able to do any work in the state-of-the-art building with window views of the Atlantic Ocean and the northern and southern parts of the city.
The South Jersey Gas building is part of the Atlantic City Gateway Project, a $210 million, public-private redevelopment initiative on 270,000 square feet of land in the Lower Chelsea neighborhood. The project includes the Stockton campus and an 879-space parking garage with 7,000 square feet of retail space.