ATLANTIC CITY — Stockton University representatives spoke about the economic impact their Atlantic City campus would have on the resort during the city’s 27th Noon Time Talk on Wednesday in City Council chambers.
The project, at the site of the former Atlantic City High School at the foot of Albany Avenue, costs an estimated $178 million, said Brian K. Jackson, Stockton’s chief operating officer of the Atlantic City Campus.
The campus will feature an academic building, residential housing for 500 students and a parking garage.
About 1,000 students will take classes there to start, but eventually the campus will be able to handle 1,800 to 2,000 students in the same square footage, Jackson said.
“We are anticipating the sophomores, juniors and seniors will be the primary populations in the building,” he said.
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The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism moved earlier this year into the red brick building at 3430 Atlantic Ave. from the Carnegie Center, Jackson said.
Community members looking for a space to hold a meeting will be able to use the red brick building as it has two conference rooms, Jackson said.
A shuttle service will run between Stockton’s Galloway Township and Atlantic City campuses, he said.
Michelle McDonald, Stockton’s assistant provost, said the main campus in Pomona has been at capacity for a couple of years.
“Our concern isn’t whether we can fill the 500 rooms. It’s will that be enough?” McDonald said. “We anticipate that this will be very attractive for students in the area.”
Jackson said Stockton hopes a campus near the ocean and in an urban setting will attract students who may not necessarily think of Stockton as their first choice.
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A task force of faculty, staff, students and community members is deciding what they think will work best in the academic building, Jackson said.
“What we do on the main campus and the way in which we do it may not work here, so we need to think creatively about how we can offer the programs,” Jackson said. “We have to think really strategically about the kinds of programs, when we would offer them and who we would offer them to.”
Stockton’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies Program has made strong arguments for coming to the city, as have other aspects of the business program, McDonald said.
“The Performing Arts program would love to have some expanded space. We don’t have that kind of specialized space on the main campus that allows those programs to thrive, predominantly in dance and in music, but also photography and painting,” McDonald said.
Those programs would benefit by being among a larger community, she said.
“The business of running a university creates a lot of opportunity,” said Elizabeth A. Terenik, the city’s director of planning and development. “Those lots had been vacant for over 30 years, and as you know was the potential site for many different projects, including the Hard Rock Casino project.”
The site currently pays $200,000 in property taxes, Terenik said. The payment in lieu of taxes will be $1.5 million when the project is completed in fall 2018, she said.