Downtown Glassboro’s Rowan Boulevard is getting ready for business. 220 Rowan Boulevard had their ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon, marking the opening of the retail, medical, and housing structure, opening this month.
“I’m so happy about this thing, and I’m particularly happy for our students because they are going to live in a wonderful place,” Dr. Ali Houshmand, President at Rowan Univeristy. “I’m happy for the community because they can go to these stores and enjoy being here. Walking around, feeling safe. Everything is wonderful, I’m excited.”
220 Rowan Boulevard, developed and built by Nexus Properties, is located between Rowan University and downtown Glassboro. The new site has luxury market rate apartments, new student apartments, a parking garage, and areas for retail stores and restaurants. There’s also space for medical use, thanks to a joint agreement with Inspira and Cooper.
“Everybody benefits, everybody wins, and that’s what we mean by collaboration and partners between entities,” said Houshmand.
“It’s a win for all South Jersey, it’s wonderful,” said Steve Sweeney, State Senate President. “But the good news is, most of the place is already rented and they’re looking at the next two projects, so, this is great for the economy of Glassboro, Gloucester County, it’s wonderful.”
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Grow New Jersey program has already approved 220 Rowan Boulevard for 22 million dollars in tax incentives over the next ten years.
“There’s 350 million dollars worth of development here,” said Sweeney. “There’s construction jobs, there’s permanent jobs.”
Projected to be completely finished in 2018, Rowan University officials say the opening of the Boulevard has already brought 350 new job opportunities.
“You’re talking about thousands of jobs,” said Houshmand. “I wonder if the construction industry today has enough workers to find. Because everyone’s getting employed here. And that is what’s the best part of it.”