As 2022 begins, more than 30 development projects are working their way through the City of Newark’s approval process.
A project that requires approval from city council – as most do – is first submitted to the planning department, which evaluates it with help from other city departments and produces a report detailing changes the developer must make or questions the developer must answer.
Once the developer satisfies the planning department’s concerns, the project is presented to the planning commission, which often asks more technical questions and then makes a recommendation to city council.
Finally, the developer presents the project to city council, which makes the final decision on whether to approve it. Council is not obligated to follow the planning commission’s recommendation.
At both the planning commission and council meetings, the public is permitted to weigh in on the project.
Sometimes, the process is completed within a few months; other times, projects linger for years. It depends on how motivated the developer is to move quickly and how many issues are raised by the planning department.
Here’s a look at the projects currently under consideration. To view the plans, visit newarkde.gov/1035/Development-Plan-Proposals.
Approved and/or under construction
College Square: Renovate the shopping center, build 306 apartments in the southeast quadrant of the site, extend Delaware Avenue through the shopping center and build new retail space surrounding the road extension. Construction is underway, and the apartments are expected to open this spring.
924 Barksdale Road: Build a 112-unit assisted living and memory care facility on a vacant lot that once served as the temporary home of Newark Charter School. Construction is nearing completion.
1089 Elkton Road: Demolish an old warehouse and build a junior high school for Newark Charter School. The junior high will open in Fall 2022.
94 E. Main St.: Lang Development will build a seven-story hotel that incorporates the Green Mansion façade, as well as a seven-story apartment building behind it. Underground parking will run under the entire property, and cars will enter and exit the parking garage from Main Street.
141 E. Main St.: Build a six-story building with 80 apartments, retail space and a public parking garage. The existing buildings – Starbucks, Del One FCU and the former Duck Donuts – will be incorporated into the new structure.
268 E. Main St.: Replace the Super 8 motel with a five-story building containing a first-floor restaurant and 56 apartments.
1501 Casho Mill Road: Demolish the existing office building and construct a three-story building containing 48 apartments and new office space.
734 Paper Mill Road and 5 & 11 Possum Hollow Road: Annex the property, demolish the unoccupied houses and build 10 single-family homes.
1 N. Twin Lakes Blvd.: Build 24 townhouse-style apartments at a site previously approved for 12 units.
18 North St.: Demolish a one-story apartment building and build four three-story townhouses.
62 N. Chapel St.: Demolish an office building and build 18 apartments. Despite being approved in March 2019, the project has yet to begin.
Awaiting city council consideration
500-700 Creek View Road: Build a new restaurant, office building and theater for Chapel Street Players behind Timothy’s Restaurant. Convert an existing office building into 111 apartments.
Awaiting planning commission consideration
132 E. Main St.: Demolish the existing building – which houses Tasty Wok, Playa Bowls and the former Margherita’s Pizza – and build a five-story building containing retail space, office space and apartments. A previous version was rejected, but the developer is submitting a revised plan.
1105 Elkton Road: Build a Wawa convenience store and gas station at the site of Leon’s Garden World.
25 North Chapel St.: Replace the old Chapel Street Players theater with a three-story building consisting of parking on the first floor and 14 two-bedroom apartments on the floors above.
339 E. Main St.: Demolish three old houses and build a six-story building containing apartments and office space.
410 Ogletown Road: Build a Chick-fil-A at the site of the former Aetna fire station.
1025 and 1033 Barksdale Road: Build four new houses behind the two existing houses.
In the early stages
313 E. Main St.: Demolish the existing Newark Housing Authority headquarters and NHA’s housing units on Independence Circle and replace them with 86 new affordable apartments, retail space, community space and administrative offices.
30 S. Chapel St.: Lang Development Group demolished the former Burger King building and is planning to build apartments on the site. Details have not yet been made public by the city.
318 S. College Ave.: Lang is seeking to renovate part of the former Press of Kells building while demolishing the rear portion and building a two-story medical building.
65 South Chapel St.: Replace the University Commons townhouses and the Continental Court apartments with two seven-story apartment buildings.
Permit review only
These projects need building permits approved by the city but do not need to go before the planning commission or city council.
262 S. College Avenue: Build a new, two-story Chabad Center for Jewish Life to replace the old building that was destroyed by arson.
63 Delaware Ave.: Demolish the University of Delaware’s fire-damaged McKinly Lab and replace it with an interdisciplinary science building. Construction is slated for the fall.
160 Academy St.: Build a 22,000-square-foot addition to UD’s Drake Hall for new chemistry and biochemistry labs, research space and collaboration space. Construction is underway.
STAR Campus: Build a six-story financial technology services building. Construction is underway and slated for completion early this year.
91 Thorn Lane: Convert a former leasing office into two apartments at Thorn Flats.
These projects are still on the books, but the developers have taken no action on them in the past year.
124 E. Main St.: Replace the building that houses Walgreens and Homegrown with two floors of commercial space, 58 apartments and a parking garage.
1119 S. College Ave.: Demolish the Red Roof Inn and build a new four-story, 98-room Hilton Tru hotel and a convenience store with gas pumps.
46 Welsh Tract Road: Annex the two-acre lot, demolish the existing home and build 22 townhouses.
515 Capitol Trail: Demolish a single-family home and build 10 townhouses.