ATLANTIC CITY — The site of the soon-to-be South Jersey Gas headquarters was filled with leaders Wednesday who gathered to sign a steel beam and watch it get hoisted in the air and placed atop the frame to celebrate the new building.

The project is expected to bring 200 jobs to the city by the end of next year, South Jersey Gas President Dave Robbins said.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to celebrate progress, not only on the building but for our company and for Atlantic City,” Robbins said. “This location will enable us to better serve the community by adding a new industry in Atlantic City.”

The topping-off ceremony brought together management, executive team members and local officials to celebrate what’s to come to the area that borders Albany Avenue in the Chelsea section.

The corporate headquarters is part of the $210 million Atlantic City Gateway Project that’s also bringing a Stockton University satellite campus with an academic building, housing for more than 500 students and an 879-space parking garage to the city.

The South Jersey Gas corporate building will occupy 75,000 square feet and house work stations, training facilities and meeting spaces for the company.

Construction is on schedule, and the building at Roosevelt Place and the Boardwalk is expected to be ready for employees by late 2018, Robbins said.

South Jersey Gas was headquartered at North Michigan and Atlantic avenues for 60 years before it moved to Folsom. The new Atlantic City location will serve as a complement to the Folsom offices and will be a part of the city’s revitalization, Robbins said.

Mayor Don Guardian said during the ceremony he’s glad the company is coming back to the city. This project, along with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino being built farther down the Boardwalk, will bring new life to the city, he said.

“More than a decade ago, Atlantic City lost its monopoly on gaming,” he said. “This is clearly the start of a new Atlantic City, beyond gaming, with corporate offices and continuing education.”

Mayor-elect Frank Gilliam said the project’s milestone shows how the industry will diversify the city’s economy.

“This is what Atlantic City is poised for under my leadership,” he said. “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said the building and projects around it are partnering to help the city grow.

“This will be a catalyst for this whole area down here,” he said.

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Covering breaking news for The Press of Atlantic City since September 2016. Graduate of the University of Maryland, Central Jersey native.

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