10 Years Later, Stockton Aviation Park Breaks GroundLast Edited:
A project a decade in the making has finally broken ground in Atlantic County.
Local government and county officials came together Monday, May 15th, to celebrate the start of construction for the first of seven buildings planned for the anticipated Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park.
“This is just the beginning of Atlantic County’s future outside of tourism and gaming," says Dennis Levinson, county executive of Atlantic County. "And I don’t want to play that down under any circumstances, but this is what we are banking on, and this is why we have put our money where our mouth is.”
Adjacent to the FAA Technical Center, government and county officials celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the first building with six more to come at the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park.
“There’s going to be aviation-related research and development,” says John Lamey, Jr., the executive director of the Atlantic County Improvement Authority. “In this first building, FAA is going to occupy 7,000 square feet.”
With about 40,000 square feet left, the County’s Improvement Authority plans to fill the remaining space with tenants, anticipating a full house at the opening date.
This is what we are banking on, and this is why we have put our money where our mouth is.
“This gives the opportunity for companies big and small to be able to come with federal engineers and federal laboratories that would expedite their contract and the work that they’re doing,” says Congressman Frank LoBiondo.
The first of seven buildings is targeted to open up in late spring of 2018, dedicated to research and developmental opportunities.
“What we anticipate will happen is that the companies that will be locating here will either be expanding their current activities with the FAA Technical Center, or there will be more companies moving into the area,” says Lamey.
And with more companies coming in, more employees will be needed.
“They’re going to be really high-skilled, high-level jobs [which are] really going to help stabilize our economy,” says Lamey.
Although the project hit quite a few road bumps over the last decade, the $20 million first building is helping cement South Jersey's place on the map of aviation research.
“Clearly, there’s a lot of great support in the local community," says Congressman Rick Larsen, of Washington’s 2nd District. "I’m looking forward to see the results of it later, and the research that takes place, and how that improves aviation, because it has to take place somewhere, and [southern] New Jersey seems like the place on the map where it needs to take place.”
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