There's lots of activity on Rowan Boulevard, and lots more to come.
A partnership between Rowan University, private developers and the Borough of Glassboro, Rowan Boulevard is a $350 million makeover of the historic downtown.
One-third of a mile long connecting Mullica Hill Road (Route 322) with Main Street, Rowan Boulevard has literally transformed the borough since ground was broken in 2008.
See how far we've come:
Rowan Boulevard Apartments
Built in two phases, the Rowan Boulevard Apartments complex houses 884 students in 28 one-bedroom efficiency units and 214 four-bedroom suites.
Barnes & Noble Collegiate Superstore
The boulevard’s first major retailer, the 36,000-square-foot Barnes & Noble (below) opened for business Dec. 1, 2010. The Rowan-themed store offers more than 75,000 volumes, a University textbook section, Varsity Spirit Shop, and an indoor/outdoor Starbucks café.
Courtyard by Marriott hotel
Believed to be Glassboro’s first new hotel in at least 100 years, an all-new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and Conference Center opened at 325 Rowan Boulevard September 12, 2013.
Located one block east of Rowan's main campus, the four-story 129-room hotel features a heated indoor pool and spa, outdoor courtyard with gas fire pit, and modern lobby featuring an interactive, 55-inch LCD touch screen with local information, maps, weather, and news for tourists and travelers.
The mixed-use Whitney Center (below, right) opened opposite the Marriott site in 2011 with 22,000 square-feet of retail space on the ground floor and housing for up to 300 Rowan students on the floors above.
Named to honor one of Glassboro's founding glassmaking families, Whitney is fast becoming a restaurant and retail destination. Retailers include 7-11, Pizza Hut, Prime American Burgers and Fries, Green Zebra, Ry’s @ Rowan bagels, YOGO Factory self-serve dessert parlor, Forever Young Emporium and Sun National Bank.
Home to Rowan's Division of Global Learning and Partnerships, which includes Rowan's graduate school, online offerings, Camden campus and community college partnerships, the Enterprise Center at 225 Rowan Boulevard opened October 15, 2013.
A five-story, $35 million structure built by Nexus Properties of Lawrenceville, the Enterprise Center features ground floor retail space and four floors of academic facilities including classrooms, lecture halls and administrative space.
The structure also includes a seven-story 1,194-space parking garage, salon and a Domino’s Pizza outlet.
220 Rowan Boulevard
Nexus in 2015 opened 220 Rowan Boulevard, a 316,000 square-foot building with ground floor medical, dining and retail space and upper level housing for students and non-students alike. Among the commercial tenants at 220 Rowan Boulevard are a seven-day per week Inspira Urgent Care facility, the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, a branch of South Jersey Federal Credit Union and a Tony Luke’s cheesesteak restaurant. A 300-seat Chickie’s & Pete’s sports bar and restaurant will open in the fall of 2016.
Also coming in fall 2016, the historic downtown end of Rowan Boulevard will feature an all new, 1.5-acre Town Square, a gathering place for community events and celebrations, concerts and shows throughout the year.
The next two phases of Rowan Boulevard, temporarily dubbed "A-3" and "A-4," include a second parking garage that's scheduled to open in January 2017 followed by two large-scale, mixed use buildings. The A-3 parcel opposite 220 Rowan Boulevard, scheduled to open in fall of 2017, will include upper level housing, ground floor retail and a 17,000 square foot fitness center that will be open to the Rowan and Glassboro communities. The A-4 parcel is scheduled to open in 2018.
For borough information about Rowan Boulevard and other developments in Glassboro, please visit www.glassboroonline.com.
Last updated 08/24/16