CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a new dormitory building at Rutgers University’s campus in South Jersey, signaling a renewed push for revitalization of downtown Camden.

Construction is already underway at Fourth and Cooper in Camden for the new, 12-story dorm building, the first university building south of Cooper.

“This student campus project will add 350 beds for graduate housing and is creating a critical mass in downtown Camden that will help us to lure other private investment, namely some upscale restaurants and expanding options,” said Camden mayor Dana Redd.

The new dorm, which will include retail space in the lower floors, will help alleviate a long waiting list for students who want to live on campus.

Rutgers-Camden now has more than 6,300 students, including more than 1,800 grad students — the highest enrollment ever.

The new dorm is scheduled to open in August 2012.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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