When Rowan University senior Tom Marsella first heard about a new building that would house students at 220 Rowan Boulevard, his ears perked up — he was curious.
But when he finally got to take a tour of the complex for the first time, the 20-year-old human resource management major said it was a done deal and he “fell in love with it right away.”
Tom Marsella — a 20-year-old senior at Rowan University — attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new mixed-use building at 220 Rowan Boulevard Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Marsella is one of the tenants who will soon move into the new complex where he will share a four-bedroom unit with three other students. (Spencer Kent | For NJ.com)Spencer Kent | For NJ.com
Once word hit of what the building would offer — large kitchens and spacious living rooms and bedrooms; hardwood floors and a view of the entire downtown district — Marsella quickly became the envy of all his campus friends, he said.
“I was talking to them and they said, ‘Oh man, I can’t believe you’re living there,” said Marsella, wearing a satisfied grin.
On Friday, state legislators, county and borough officials and representatives from the university attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of 220 Rowan Boulevard — a 316,000-square-foot mixed-use building that offers 119 units for Rowan students and 57 luxury apartments for private residents.
“This is a long time in the making,” said State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford), who was one of the speakers during the ceremony.