As 2021 begins, nearly three-dozen 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, click here.
Approved and/or under construction
321 Hillside Road: Demolish UD’s Dickinson dorms and build 46 townhouses and 45 apartments. Construction is underway, with the complex slated to open in the fall.
Park N Shop: Demolish the old M&T Bank building and construct a three-story building containing 12 apartments and retail space. Construction is underway, with the building slated to open in the fall.
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.
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 was put on hold for several months due to the pandemic but recently resumed.
287 E. Main St.: Replace the Fulton Bank with 30 apartments and additional retail space. Construction is underway.
STAR Campus: Build a six-story financial technology services building. Construction is underway and slated for completion this fall.
1089 Elkton Road/2001 Patriot Way: Demolish an old warehouse and build a junior high school for Newark Charter School and construct a commons building between the elementary and intermediate school buildings. Construction is underway. The commons building will open this fall, and the junior high will open in Fall 2022.
734 Paper Mill Road and 5 & 11 Possum Hollow Road: Annex the property, demolish the unoccupied houses and build 10 single-family homes.
118-136 New London Road: Convert three existing houses into townhouses by modifying the exterior and adding two new units between the existing three.
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.
511 Valley Road: Demolish a single-family home and build two townhouses resembling the homes in nearby Briarcreek.
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
141 E. Main St. and 19 Haines St.: Build a six-story building with first-floor retail and office space, along with a four-story parking garage and 60 two-bedroom student apartments on the upper floors. The existing buildings – Starbucks, Del One FCU and Duck Donuts – would be incorporated into the new structure.
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 28 apartments.
Awaiting planning commission consideration
94 E. Main St.: In 2019, Lang Development Group won approval to build a 144-room hotel, 19,500 square feet of office space and a parking garage. Now, Lang is seeking approval for a new version of the project, containing 104 hotel rooms and 48 apartments and a parking garage – a modification the company attributes to a changing real estate market due to the pandemic.
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 to 60 apartments and new office/retail space.
1105 Elkton Road: Annex the Leon’s Garden World property and build a Royal Farms convenience store, gas station and car wash.
In the early stages
124 E. Main St.: Replace the building that houses Walgreens and Homegrown with two floors of commercial space, 58 apartments and a parking garage.
313 E. Main St.: Demolish the existing Newark Housing Authority headquarters and NHA’s housing units on Independence Circle and replace them with up to 70 new affordable apartments, retail space, community space and administrative offices.
30 S. Chapel St.: Lang Development Group demolished the former Burger King building last year but has yet to reveal its plans for the 1.35-acre property.
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.
625 S. College Ave.: Renovate Delaware Stadium and build the Whitney Athletic Center. Construction is nearly complete.
531 S. College Ave.: A major renovation of UD’s Worrilow Hall is almost complete.
Warner Hall: The University of Delaware will convert the dorm on The Green to a health and wellness center. Construction is underway.
304 S. Chapel St.: Build a warehouse on a previously vacant parcel adjacent to the James F. Hall Trail. Construction is underway.
90 E. Cleveland Ave.: Replace two duplexes in the Kershaw Commons complex with four townhouses. Construction is nearly complete.
325 Academy St.: Renovations to UD’s Perkins Student Center dining area are nearly complete.
91 Thorn Lane/650 Lehigh Road: Renovations to the former Studio Green and Park Place apartments (now called Thorn Flats and Lehigh Flats) are ongoing.
These projects are still on the books, but the developers have taken no action on them in the past year.
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.