Officials get a birds-eye view as $65 Million in construction continues on Rowan Boulevard
As three construction projects edge toward completion on Downtown Glassboro’s Rowan Boulevard, officials got a birds-eye view last week from atop the six-story parking structure building site. Included in the current building projects are a 129-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and conference center, a 1,200 space parking garage and a new mixed-use retail and academic building.
“Rowan Boulevard is a $300 million municipal construction project that links downtown Glassboro’s existing retail corridor at one end to the Rowan campus at the other,” explained Borough Administrator Joe Brigandi, appraising construction progress from the sixth story of the parking garage now under construction. He was joined by representatives from Nexus Properties and Nexus Parking Systems, developers of the garage and mixed-use building.
“More than $65 million in construction is currently underway in three simultaneous building projects, and all set to open on time in September,” said Brigandi.
Brigandi noted that the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel anchors the $300 million Rowan Boulevard projects’s mix of residential, retail, dining and academic buildings at Route 322. “The hotel takes this redevelopment initiative to the next level, cementing Glassboro as a regional destination and demonstrating the value of this entire endeavor for our residents, businesses and University partners,” he said.
The four-story hotel includes a liquor license to serve a 4,140 sq. ft. conference space, including a 3,296 sq. ft. meeting space and an 845 sq. ft. pre-function space for 250 or more people. The Shaner Group of State College, PA will operate the hotel. The hotel project is owned and developed by Kinsley Equities and Sora Development.
Construction is also underway on the parking structure and mixed-use building, located on Rowan Boulevard just south of the hotel and adjacent to the Barnes & Noble. Nexus said that this project is also scheduled for completion in September.
The new mixed-use building will house 9,800 sq. ft. of first-floor retail, including four suites of 2,450 sq. ft. each. Floors two through four will include 54,600 sq. ft. of office and classroom space for Rowan College of Graduate and Continuing Education. Gloucester County College will offer programming on the fifth floor. The brick and glass exterior will complement the urban feel of Rowan Boulevard’s existing structures.
“Rowan’s CGCE is a 12-month operation that will bring young professionals and graduate students downtown all hours of the day, every day of the week, boosting economic activity for downtown merchants,” said Brigandi.
The parking garage with 1,194 spaces is behind the CGCE building. Rowan will lease approximately 900 spaces for students living in Rowan Boulevard housing. About 300 spaces will be reserved for shoppers and visitors and will be located on the first level, which features a heightened ceiling to provide the open feel of a surface lot. The upper floors will be gated and fully automated with a card access system.
“The hotel, mixed-use building and garage account for hundreds of construction jobs today, as well as hundreds of permanent jobs, steady economic activity and tax ratables well into the future,” said Brigandi.