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 wants to create a plan for development of the site, which will integrate a state of the art stormwater management facility along with recreational and educational components. By incorporating input from the public, elected officials, and City staff, the final plan will include a combination of items balancing community recreation, infrastructure, and stormwater needs. Integration with the surroundings, existing conditions, and consideration of environmental and natural resources will be included in the final design. The City anticipates utilizing State Revolving Loan Funds through the referendum process, which is scheduled for Spring 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.

Ways to Get Involved

The City is implementing 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. Plan to join us at one or all of the three workshops we will host over the next few months to collaborate on the design and amenities of the new site. All materials will be posted here, so please check back for updates and details.

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

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.  
 Agenda/Fact Sheet - Workshop #1

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

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

 Documents Date 
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