NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers is selling a portion of Camp Kilmer, a large swath of land with a storied past that the school purchased in the 1960s.
The university's Board of Governors passed a resolution at its meeting on Wednesday to allow the sale of the land to move forward.
According to the resolution, Rutgers entered into negotiations with "a party" interested in purchasing a portion of Rutgers' "vacant land holdings." The land is situated on the east side of Cedar Lane in Edison. According to the resolution, the tract of land is identified as surplus.
TAPinto New Brunswick reached out to a Rutgers spokesperson seeking to discover the identity of the buyer, the price tag on the land and the amount of the 1,600-acre tract that will be sold.
"Rutgers is currently under negotiation to sell surplus property no longer deemed of value to our core mission," the spokesperson responded via email. "Details will be made public upon sale finalization and execution of a contract."
Camp Kilmer, which was named after New Brunswick native, poet and soldier Joyce Kilmer, was home to history for the past eight decades.
The Army camp was activated in 1942 and became a processing center for more than 2.5 million soldiers on their way to Europe to fight in World War II.
Tens of thousands of refugees resettled at Camp Kilmer during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Many of the refugees eventually settled in New Brunswick's 5th Ward.
The land was auctioned off to local governments and Rutgers in 1963. The Livingston College campus resides on 540 acres that was formerly Camp Kilmer land.