ATLANTIC CITY — Construction could begin as soon as the fall on a $62 million second phase of Stockton University’s city campus as project developers seek approval this month.

“It’s all about momentum,” said Christopher Paladino, president of the Atlantic City Development Corp. “This project will allow an additional 405 students to live on the Stockton Atlantic City campus.”

AC Devco will appear before the city’s Planning Board on Tuesday for a courtesy review of the proposal for the six-story, 105-unit structure over nearly an acre of property between Atlantic, South Hartford and South Providence avenues.

The developer will then head to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on April 18 for site plan approval, although Stockton and AC Devco have yet to sign an agreement.

Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said any future agreement is dependent on funding.

“Until we are able to secure sufficient funding so we don’t have to pass off those costs to our students, then we will absolutely move forward because we know the demand is there, and we know that expansion in Atlantic City is important, not only for the region but also for Stockton,” Kesselman said.

The second phase of the Stockton campus in Atlantic City is an important step toward developing a full-blown university district in the Lower Chelsea neighborhood and one of the main entrances into Atlantic City.

Paladino said it represents a long-term interest in the city from the college and private developers beyond the initial $220 million investment in new facilities for both Stockton and South Jersey Gas.

“It’s another step in the right direction for Atlantic City,” he said.

Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., whose elected position grants him a seat on the CRDA board, said it was always the intention to have the university expand once it had secured a foothold in the city.

“The state of New Jersey, as well as the city of Atlantic City, looks at Stockton University as an anchor institution,” said Gilliam. “I don’t think this is one of those projects that is going to meet any opposition.”

“AC Devco has been instrumental in developing and moving the Atlantic City Gateway Project forward,” said CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty. “Stockton continues to make a positive impact with their expanding presence in the Atlantic City Tourism District.”

Kesselman applauded AC Devco on its work with the first phase of the Gateway project. He said his long-term vision for Stockton in Atlantic City is to expand north and west, but that it is all dependent on strategic planning, including factoring in demand for academic programs, feasible growth and financing.

“This is a long-term vision. It’s not tomorrow, it’s not the next day. It will be thoughtful, just like Phase I,” he said.

Stockton spokeswoman Diane D’Amico said the college is looking to grow by about 400 students to 10,000 next fall.

Despite no formal agreement, Paladino laid out an ambitious plan.

“We expect to be in the ground in September. We’ve been working with Stockton over the last year on this project, and we anticipate their approval shortly,” he said.

The expected completion date for the second phase is September 2021.

There was a strong demand for Atlantic City campus housing this year. Of the more than 500 students living in the city’s residential building, 100 of those have committed to 12-month leases. Housing applications for the fall are currently being accepted.

AC Devco owns many properties in Lower Chelsea, including most of the block where the second phase of the Stockton project is proposed. The property is valued at $867,000.

The new building would sit adjacent to Stockton’s Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism as well as the parking garage of the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, which Stockton had considered buying over the summer. That deal never went through.

Stockton may not own much property in Atlantic City yet, but it does have its hand in operating the Noyes Arts Garage and Dante Hall.

It also is in the planning phases of development at Bader Field. The city received a grant from the state in the fall to develop a proposal for a marine research center. D’Amico said Stockton has taken the lead on that project, and the next meeting for stakeholders is in April.

In addition to expanding Stockton, AC Devco is looking to bring other investors into the city.

Paladino said that after Phase II, the next step is to look at redevelopment of existing buildings in the neighborhood.

“I think we’re going to grow through a very aggressive planning process in the Chelsea neighborhood in general,” Paladino said.