Dickinson renderings

An artist’s rendering shows the apartments and townhouses planned for the Dickinson dorm site, as seen from Oaklands Swim Club.

A developer seeking to build apartments and townhouses at the site of the University of Delaware’s Dickinson dorms will hold another public meeting next week.

The informal meeting, which was organized by the developer and is not an official government meeting, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at city hall, 220 S. Main St.

“It’s a good opportunity to speak with the developer and ask questions,” said Councilman James Horning Jr., who represents the area.

Horning said he expects the developer, College Town Communities, to discuss changes to the plan, which received an unfavorable recommendation from the planning commission last week.

The plan will eventually go to city council for final approval, but a date for consideration has not been announced.

The plan showed at the planning commission called for building 46 three-bedroom townhouses as well as 45 apartments spread between four three-story buildings. The project would contain a mix of two, three and four-bedroom units for a total of 320 beds – approximately half the capacity of Dickinson.

Based in Kutztown, Pa., College Town Communities operates student-housing complexes near Kutztown University, Shippensburg University and three Penn State campuses. Here in Newark, the firm recently took over management of the Varsity Townhomes on Wilbur Street.

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