Nexus sets date for Rowan Boulevard residence building completion

Plans for the new Rowan Boulevard residence building are solidified, Dante Germano, chief operating officer of Nexus Corporations, said in a statement earlier this week. Nexus plans to begin construction by May and its anticipated completion date is August 2015.

Rowan and Glassboro officials collaborated with Nexus Corporations to create the newest addition to Rowan Boulevard, called The Penthouses on Rowan Boulevard. The 315,000 square-foot complex is a new mixed-use building that will include upperclassman housing. The complex will be split into retail stores, on-campus housing and will include a medical center.

The South Jersey Times reported that Germano said the second, third and fourth floors will be used for student housing while the fifth floor will be mixed services for both students and the general public. The sixth floor will be used for public residence, which will leave  119 apartments reserved for Rowan students solely and 60 units and apartments for the public, Germano said in the report.

Although the complex is privately owned, it will be closely tied to Rowan.

Germano said in the report that the billing, utility and availability of the student-based housing will be similar to that of Rowan Boulevard apartments.

The movement was set in motion a week after a group of approximately 30 students protested Rowan administration on campus, demanding action concerning the waitlist for on-campus housing, after 634 students were wait-listed for the 2014-15 school year.

Across the street at the Enterprise Center, the home of Rowan’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education, plans for economic growth have entered construction phases. The newest additions, a 10-seat hair salon and a Domino’s, are open for business, along with the Whitney Center’s Ry’s @ Rowan, Green Zebra, Pizza Hut, Sun Bank, Prime, Yogo Factory, Forever Young Emporium and the soon-to-open 7-Eleven.

In addition to retail outlets on the first floor of the residence building, there will be a 26,000 square foot urgent care medical center that Cooper University, along with Inspira Health Network, will share. The new building, which will be located in the lot across from Barnes & Noble, will have a parking lot, which has also been a topic of discussion for the Rowan administration.

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