As 2020 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 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
Park N Shop: Demolish the old M&T Bank building and construct a three-story building containing 12 apartments and retail space. Construction slated to begin this month.
92-96 E. Main St.: Demolish the former Abbott’s Shoe Repair building and the back of the Green Mansion and replace them with a seven-story building containing 144 hotel rooms, 19,500 square feet of office space and a parking garage. The front of the Green Mansion will be incorporated into the new building. Demolition is underway, with construction slated to begin soon.
321 Hillside Road: Demolish UD’s Dickinson dorms and build 46 townhouses and 45 apartments.
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. Demolition is complete, with construction expected to begin soon.
62 N. Chapel St.: Demolish an office building and build 18 apartments.
209-225 Haines St.: Demolish five rental homes and build a four-story building containing 24 apartments and garage parking. Construction is underway.
83-105 New London Road: Expand the Campus Walk student townhouse complex by removing 11 rental homes and building 28 townhouse-style apartments. Construction is underway.
20-22 Benny St.: Demolish two houses and a build a four-story building containing nine apartments and garage parking. Construction is underway.
18 North St.: Demolish a one-story apartment building and build four three-story townhouses.
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.
287 E. Main St.: Replace the Fulton Bank with 30 apartments and additional retail space.
107 Sandy Drive: Build a new headquarters for Boulden Brothers heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical service office. Construction is underway.
100 Station Way: Build a new train station on the STAR Campus. Construction is expected to be completed this month.
210 Discovery Blvd.: Build a new headquarters for Chemours at the STAR Campus. The city expects to issue a certificate of occupancy by mid February.
STAR Campus: Build a six-story biopharmaceutical building. Construction expected to be complete early this year. Another building for FinTech is also planned.
625 S. College Ave.: Renovate Delaware Stadium and build the Whitney Athletic Center. Construction is underway.
531 S. College Ave.: A major renovation of UD’s Worrilow Hall is underway.
77 E. Delaware Ave.: Build an addition to UD’s Life Sciences Building. Construction is underway.
511 Valley Road: Demolish a single-family home and build two townhouses resembling the homes in nearby Briarcreek.
Awaiting planning commission consideration
118-136 New London Road: Convert three existing houses into townhouses by modifying the exterior and adding two new units between the existing three.
734 Paper Mill Road and 5&11 Possum Hollow Road: Annex the property, demolish the unoccupied houses and build 12 single-family homes.
132-138 E. Main St.: Demolish the existing building – which houses Tasty Wok, Playa Bowls and the former Margherita’s Pizza – and build a 10-story structure containing 108 hotel rooms, 12 apartments, retail space and a parking garage. The parking garage would extend behind Chipotle and Panera Bread, and the developer is hoping to partner with the city to add to the supply of public parking.
1 N. Twin Lakes Blvd.: Build 24 townhouse-style apartments at a site previously approved for 12 units.
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.
515 Capitol Trail: Demolish a single-family home and build 10 townhouses.
In the early stages
268 E. Main St.: Initial plans call for replacing the Super 8 motel with a 52-unit apartment building. However, the property owner said in August that he is leaning toward building a new hotel there instead.
141 E. Main St. and 19 Haines St.: The property owner has announced an intention to redevelop all or part of the site, currently home to Starbucks, Del One Federal Credit Union, Duck Donuts and the former Simon Eye. However, no plans have been submitted, and details of the redevelopment are not publicly known.
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.
700 Newark Shopping Center: Build a standalone Chase Bank on a grassy plot in the front of the shopping center. This was approved as part of the 2013 renovations but never built.
Warner Hall: The University of Delaware will convert the dorm on The Green to a health and wellness center.
These projects are still on the books, but the developers have taken no action on them in the past year.
1105 Elkton Road: Annex the Leon’s Garden World property and build a Royal Farms convenience store, gas station and car wash.
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
0 Independence Way: Build 44 townhouses on a wooded lot off West Chestnut Hill Road.
46 Welsh Tract Road: Annex the two-acre lot, demolish the existing home and build 22 townhouses.