Board Approves $2.25M Fund Reservation for IUOE Local 68 Training Center

March 16, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (March 16, 2021) – At its monthly Board Meeting today, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Board of Directors approved a fund reservation of $2.25M for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 68 Training and Office Facility Project.


The IUOE applied for a $2.25M grant from the Authority representing a portion of the costs for the rehabilitation of a property at 1501 Pacific to create a Training Center that will host over 100 students, faculty, and members. The total estimated cost of the project is approximately $4.5M. The new center will provide residents of Atlantic City opportunities to train in skilled trades that can be used directly in industries within Atlantic City. A public hearing was held for the project on March 8, 2021.

“This facility will provide skilled trade training and offers a framework for anyone to better themselves and create a career path leading to higher wages, a defined skillset, healthcare and better overall quality of life not only in Atlantic City but across the state,” said CRDA Board Chairman Robert Mulcahy.

Funding from the Authority will pay for a portion of the construction costs in rehabilitating the property and will create 60 temporary jobs.

“A project like this is at the core of the CRDA mission of development projects in Atlantic City,” said CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty. “It will turn a vacant building into a training center and office facility that will directly benefit Atlantic City residents.”

In other business today, the Board approved the Stockton University Island Campus Phase II Project, and authorized a loan to the Atlantic City University Housing Associates LLC in an amount not to exceed $10,275,500. The Stockton University Island Campus Phase II Project includes construction of a new 135,000 sf residential building that will provide housing for nearly 416 students in 107 apartments. A public hearing for this project was held on March 8, 2021.


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