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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

MEDIA ADVISORY: NJIT Invites Editors, Reporters, Producers To Ground-Breaking

WHAT: NJIT invites editors, reporters and producers to witness the official ground-breaking for the $80 million Warren Street Village project—a three-acre mixed-use housing complex on campus bounded by Colden Street to the east, Warren Street to the north and Raymond Boulevard to the southwest.  You’ll see the Hunter Roberts construction crew prepping the site, an ongoing process since early April.  Workers have been removing old fencing, parking lot lighting, underground storage tanks and more.  On or about May 1, workers will begin stripping the blacktop, and bring in large bulldozers and big dump trucks to rough grade the site, install temporary roads and establish building areas.  To maximize photo opps, contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436 sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu for construction progress updates.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 11 a.m.

WHERE: The NJIT campus at the Colden St. entrance to the construction site. 

BACKGROUND: The approval for the building project followed a comprehensive process involving members of NJIT’s Greek organizations, the Albert Dorman Honors College Board of Visitors, the College of Architecture and Design, students and staff and due diligence by the University’s administration and board of trustees.  When completed in 2013, the project will add 600 beds to NJIT’s residential housing, now filled to capacity.  Housing will then top 2,200 beds, an increase of 35 percent.  The project will also feature dining services, a convenience store and fitness center. The new residences and amenities are timely additions as the university’s enrollment is expected to exceed 10,000 students by fall of 2013. The Warren Street Village is the first of the four-phase 23-acre Campus Gateway Development Project, an initiative led by NJIT that also involves the James Street Historic District Association and St. Michael’s Medical Center.   Gateway project objectives include creating residential and retail space to attract new residents, encourage new housing and promote the restoration and adaptive re-use of historic buildings.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.