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2014
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Building Trades Tout College Housing Development as Local Hiring Success Story

Project leaders on the Campus Town worksite (Amy Reynolds/NJ.com)

Project leaders on the Campus Town worksite (Amy Reynolds/NJ.com)


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The new Campus Town project at The College of New Jersey is expected to bring 250 consturction jobs to Mercer County at its peak, according to representatives of the Mercer-Burlington Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC).  Currently 65 percent of the workers at the site are from the region, making Campus Town a local hiring success story.  

At a press conference Wayne DeAngelo, President of the Mercer-Burlington BCTC, told NJ.com:

“Our members are skilled union workers who follow guidelines and complete certification programs. We pay prevailing wages and have a strong work force,” DeAngelo said.
In addition, hiring local people for local jobs “lets them live with dignity in their home community,”

When completed in August of 2015, the Campus Town project will provide new residential options for College of New Jersey students as well as new business spaces.  The construction will take place on campus property but developer PRC will pay a minimum of $395,000 annualy over the life of their 50-year lease.  The apartments will be leased exclusively to TCNJ students and the retail space will be anchored by a 14,000 square foot Barnes and Noble.  

According to NJ.com, other features of the project will include:

The PRC Group, which is developing the site, has already lined up many businesses — including Mexican Mariachi Grill, Red Berry Frozen Yogurt and Piccolo Trattoria, among others — that will fill in 80,000 square feet of retail space at the nine-building, 278,000-square-foot complex.

“We have a positive relationship with The College of New Jersey and appreciate that they are building, utilizing our members and helping to keep the work local,” DeAngelo said.

In addition to providing housing for 446 students in one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments built on top of first-floor retail space, Campus Town will provide an area for both college students and Ewing residents to enjoy shops and restaurants.

College spokesman Dave Muha said the project was made possible by the 2009 New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act, which allows public colleges and universities to bypass public bidding laws and make deals with private companies to build and operate campus facilities.

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