Dickinson renderings

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

After a year of controversy, the fate of the Dickinson dorm site will come up for a final vote on Monday.

City council will vote on the proposed development project at 7 p.m. at city hall, 220 S. Main St.

College Town Communities’ proposal calls for replacing the dorms with 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.

The property, located at the corner of Hillside and Apple roads, is currently zoned for university use, but under a little-known provision in city code, it will automatically convert to a zoning of garden apartments when UD sells the land.

The project does require approval of a major subdivision and a comprehensive development plan amendment, the latter of which is largely a formality needed to bring the comp plan in line with the new zoning.

In August, the planning commission recommended against the $30 million project, citing concerns about traffic, density and the lack of green space. However, the recommendation is not binding, and the final decision rests with city council.

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