Public Notice: Public Workshops Scheduled for Citizen Input on Stormwater Project
at Former Rodney Dorm Site
Newark, DE - As part of the robust public participation program supporting the redevelopment of the former Caesar Rodney Residence Hall Complex (Rodney Dorm Site), the City of Newark is hosting three public workshops to solicit input and feedback from the public. The goal of the workshops is to develop a final project design for the Rodney Dorm site that residents of and visitors to Newark will proudly utilize for years to come.
The Rodney Dorm Site closed in the spring of 2015, and environmental remediation activities are set to take place before the existing dormitory facilities are demolished. The City of Newark is under contract to purchase 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 for the purchase and development of the site, and has a critical deadline to have a binding letter of commitment for the loan before the end of Calendar Year 2017 to lock in favorable interest rates. The following public workshops are scheduled to be held in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building (220 S. Main Street):
Public Workshop #1: What Do You Want to See on the New Site?
When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Public Workshop #2: Presentation of Concepts for the New Site
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6 - 8 p.m.
Public Workshop #3: Presentation of the Preferred Concept for the New Site and Next Steps
When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6 - 8 p.m.
Meetings will also be live streamed and all materials posted online at newarkde.gov/Rodney.