Local officials and developers break ground at Rowan Boulevard for new hotel

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Gloucester County Times by Jessica Bautista--Local officials and developers gathered at Rowan Boulevard Wednesday to break ground on what will be a 129-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel this time next year.

Gloucester County Times by Jessica Bautista--Local officials and developers gathered at Rowan Boulevard Wednesday to break ground on what will be a 129-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel this time next year.

The four-story structure is one of the many new projects in the vicinity made possible with the ongoing $300 million redevelopment program.

Immediately adjacent to Rowan University’s campus, the hotel is one of three construction projects underway designed to recreate Glassboro into a destination. The other two are a mixed-use academic and retail building and a multi-tier parking structure.

“People always talk about these things happening, but sometimes it’s just talk,” said state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3, of West Deptford Township. “This is here for one reason – it works.”

Leaders plan for the site to serve as an anchor on the ever-developing strip of roadway that connects Rowan University to downtown Glassboro.

The hotel replaces what was once about 90 rental properties not going to very good use, according to borough administrator Joe Brigandi.

“I think people see Glassboro becoming the heart of Gloucester County and all of its potential,” Brigandi said.

Upon completion, the property will include a liquor license to serve a 4,140-square-foot conference space for events of up to 250 people.

The Shaner Group, based out of State College, Pa., will operate the hotel. Shaner operates and manages more than 30 hotel properties across the country.

The hotel project is owned and developed by Kinsley Equities and Thomas Fore, founder and director of Sora Development.

Kinsley Equities, the majority owner of the hotel, will lead the construction and development team with its affiliate Kinsley Construction. 

The development team is also the owner of the Rowan Boulevard student apartments, the Whitney Center mixed-use building and the nearby Barnes & Noble building, managing leases with Rowan University and numerous retail locations. 

Sora Development will continue to advise the borough on future developer selection, fiscal evaluation and design guideline adherence considerations.

“The Marriott corporation does not do things out of the goodness of their heart,” said Congressman Robert Andrews. “They’re coming here because it’s a smart thing to do... Glassboro has given us action. They’ve given us deeds and not words.”


Local officials and developers gathered at Rowan Boulevard Wednesday to break ground on what will be a 129-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel this time next year.

The four-story structure is one of the many new projects in the vicinity made possible with the ongoing $300 million redevelopment program.

Immediately adjacent to Rowan University’s campus, the hotel is one of three construction projects underway designed to recreate Glassboro into a destination. The other two are a mixed-use academic and retail building and a multi-tier parking structure.

“People always talk about these things happening, but sometimes it’s just talk,” said state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3, of West Deptford Township. “This is here for one reason – it works.”

Leaders plan for the site to serve as an anchor on the ever-developing strip of roadway that connects Rowan University to downtown Glassboro.

The hotel replaces what was once about 90 rental properties not going to very good use, according to borough administrator Joe Brigandi.

“I think people see Glassboro becoming the heart of Gloucester County and all of its potential,” Brigandi said.

Upon completion, the property will include a liquor license to serve a 4,140-square-foot conference space for events of up to 250 people.

The Shaner Group, based out of State College, Pa., will operate the hotel. Shaner operates and manages more than 30 hotel properties across the country.

The hotel project is owned and developed by Kinsley Equities and Thomas Fore, founder and director of Sora Development.

Kinsley Equities, the majority owner of the hotel, will lead the construction and development team with its affiliate Kinsley Construction. 

The development team is also the owner of the Rowan Boulevard student apartments, the Whitney Center mixed-use building and the nearby Barnes & Noble building, managing leases with Rowan University and numerous retail locations. 

Sora Development will continue to advise the borough on future developer selection, fiscal evaluation and design guideline adherence considerations.

“The Marriott corporation does not do things out of the goodness of their heart,” said Congressman Robert Andrews. “They’re coming here because it’s a smart thing to do... Glassboro has given us action. They’ve given us deeds and not words.”

Local officials and developers gathered at Rowan Boulevard Wednesday to break ground on what will be a 129-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel this time next year.

The four-story structure is one of the many new projects in the vicinity made possible with the ongoing $300 million redevelopment program.

Immediately adjacent to Rowan University’s campus, the hotel is one of three construction projects underway designed to recreate Glassboro into a destination. The other two are a mixed-use academic and retail building and a multi-tier parking structure.

“People always talk about these things happening, but sometimes it’s just talk,” said state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3, of West Deptford Township. “This is here for one reason – it works.”

Leaders plan for the site to serve as an anchor on the ever-developing strip of roadway that connects Rowan University to downtown Glassboro.

The hotel replaces what was once about 90 rental properties not going to very good use, according to borough administrator Joe Brigandi.

“I think people see Glassboro becoming the heart of Gloucester County and all of its potential,” Brigandi said.

Upon completion, the property will include a liquor license to serve a 4,140-square-foot conference space for events of up to 250 people.

The Shaner Group, based out of State College, Pa., will operate the hotel. Shaner operates and manages more than 30 hotel properties across the country.

The hotel project is owned and developed by Kinsley Equities and Thomas Fore, founder and director of Sora Development.

Kinsley Equities, the majority owner of the hotel, will lead the construction and development team with its affiliate Kinsley Construction. 

The development team is also the owner of the Rowan Boulevard student apartments, the Whitney Center mixed-use building and the nearby Barnes & Noble building, managing leases with Rowan University and numerous retail locations. 

Sora Development will continue to advise the borough on future developer selection, fiscal evaluation and design guideline adherence considerations.

“The Marriott corporation does not do things out of the goodness of their heart,” said Congressman Robert Andrews. “They’re coming here because it’s a smart thing to do... Glassboro has given us action. They’ve given us deeds and not words.”

 

 

 

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