NEW BRUNSWICK - Officials at Rutgers University joined Gov. Chris Christie and New Brunswick community leaders at a groundbreaking for a huge redevelopment project Wednesday.

The $330 million project involves redeveloping about 10 acres of property in the heart of the New Brunswick campus.

It will include a new academic building, residence halls, retail and green space.

University President Robert Barchi calls it a step toward making Rutgers an even better school and a top-tier international research facility.

"We pride ourselves on being one of the oldest universities in the nation," Barchi says, "but it doesn't mean we have to have the oldest buildings in the nation."

This will be the first new academic building on the New Brunswick campus since the 1960s.