The new state-of-the-art facility will be designed to maintain clean water and decrease flooding in Newark.
The University of Delaware is tearing down a dormitory complex to make way for a state-of-the-art storm water facility.
The new facility, which is designed to maintain clean water and lessen flooding in Newark, will double as a park, with a lighted trail, playground, pavilion and an observation deck overlooking the storm water pond,The News Journal on Delaware Online reported.
In 2018, Newark residents “approved the city’s plan to borrow up to $27.6 million to pay for the facility and other smaller municipal projects. The Rodney project is expected to cost about $9 million” The News Journal said.
Over the next 20 years, residents will pay the loan back through an increased storm water utility fee, which increased $1.10 each month on average.
When residents endorsed the plan in June 2018, The News Journal said that the new facility is expected to aid in alleviating flooding in downtown Newark and the Devon area. At that time, the majority of the city’s runoff converged at the Rodney site.
According to The News Journal, the city hopes the demolition will be complete by November with construction scheduled to start in December. The predicted opening date is November 2020.
On Monday, Sept. 16, the demolition of the buildings began. The Rodney complex, which is a half-century old, and the neighboring complex, Dickinson, were closed in 2015 but housed 785 before that.
Both dorms were reported to have been far behind other dorms in terms of being modern, amenities and appearance.
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