Redevelopment efforts in the City of Elizabeth have been given a boost this past year with the completion of the $47 million Elizabeth I. Kellogg building on the Union County College’s (UCC) Elizabeth campus. The five-story, 132,000 square-foot facility, which opened in September, joins the Sidney F. Lessner Building, built in 1992. The UCC Elizabeth campus is located in Elizabeth to take advantage of its dense, urban location, and excellent transit facilities. The Kellogg and Lessner buildings are located within a block of the Elizabeth rail station, providing easy access to Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains as well as eight different bus lines. As advertised on the college’s website, students can take advantage of a 25 percent discount on monthly transit passes.
The Kellogg building accommodates 8,300 students in a variety of programs. It is the new home for the Trinitas School of Nursing, as well as the College’s Industry-Business Institute (IBI) and the Dr. Thomas H. Brown Center for Business and Educational Advancement. The facility houses the state-of-the-art Kellogg library and information commons, as well as a 150-seat lecture hall, a food court, and multimedia equipped classrooms.
On the occasion of the building’s dedication, Mayor Chris Bollwage said, “We are empowering our residents with new educational opportunities and adding to the institutions that occupy the hub of Elizabeth.”
The Union County Improvement Authority developed and financed the project.