Stormwater Project - Rodney Dormitory Site


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About the Project


The City of Newark is interested in developing the Caesar Rodney Residence Hall Complex located at 103 Hillside Road, which closed in the spring of 2015. Environmental remediation activities will take place before the existing dormitory facilities are demolished. The City is under contract to purchase the property and has proposed a plan for development of the site, which will integrate a state of the art stormwater management facility along with recreational and educational components. 
The City implemented a robust public participation program to reimagine the site and make the final product something residents of and visitors to Newark will proudly utilize for years to come. The public participation included three workshops held over several months in fall 2017 to collaborate on the design and amenities of the new site. All materials from those workshops are posted below. 

Following the public participation program, a final design was presented to Council on December 11, 2017. By incorporating input from the public, elected officials, and City staff, the final plan includes a combination of items balancing community recreation, infrastructure, and stormwater needs. Integration with the surroundings, existing conditions, and consideration of environmental and natural resources are also included in the final design. The City anticipates utilizing State Revolving Loan Funds through the referendum process, which is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2018, for the purchase and development of the site.

Public Referendum Process


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Concerns (DNREC) recently sought public comment for a brownfield development agreement (BDA) for the former Rodney Dorm site. The public comment period began on Monday, June 19, 2017 and closed at the end of the business day (4:30 p.m.) on Monday, July 10, 2017. For more information, click here.

Please click here to submit a question or comment about the project – we look forward to hearing from you!

Rodney Dormitory Site Preferred Stormwater and Park Concept Feedback

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Preferred Concept Plan


Public Workshop #3 - Presentation of the Preferred Concept for the New Site and Next Steps
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6 – 8 p.m., City Hall  Please see below for materials from this meeting. 
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Public Workshop #2 - Presentation of Concepts for the New Site
Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m., City Hall  Please see below for materials from this meeting.  
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Presentation updated Oct 2, 2017

Public Workshop #1 - What Do You Want to See on the New Site?
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., City Hall  Please see below for materials from this meeting.  
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 Agenda/Fact Sheet - Workshop #1



 Documents Date 
Presentation to Council December 11, 2017
PCB, Asbestos Abatement and Air Monitoring Summary June 13, 2017
WRA Presentation April 10, 2017
JMT Presentation April 10, 2017
AECOM Presentation April 10, 2017
Rodney Presentation to Council March 10, 2017
Purchase and Sale Agreement - Rodney Dormitory Parcel for Primary Development of a Stormwater Facility March 10, 2017
Environmental Reports Phase II
March 8, 2017
Environmental Reports Phase I March 8, 2017
Rodney Complex Presentation February 27, 2017
University of Delaware - Rodney and Dickinson - Highest and Best Use Appraisal February 24, 2017
Potential for Stormwater Improvements and Public Open Space February 24, 2017
City of Newark - Appraisal Rodney and Dickinson Properties February 24, 2017
DRAFT timeline for Project - Subject to Change February 24, 2017
 

 Public Workshop #2 - Presentation of Concepts for the New Site
 Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m., City Hall
 
 

 Public Workshop #2 - Presentation of Concepts for the New Site
 Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m., City Hall
 
 

 Public Workshop #2 - Presentation of Concepts for the New Site
 Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m., City Hall