Critics of a proposed data center and power plant on a portion of the old Chrysler assembly plant took their case to the Main Street outside the Newark Municipal Building on Wednesday night.
The candlelight vigil initially drew dozens of opponents of the plants and one lone supporter who walked along the sidewalk with a pro power plant sign. Published reports indicated that the number grew to more than 200 after dark.
The vigil was in reaction to word that Newark city staff will decide on whether the project that could carry a $1.1 billion price tag and generate thousands of construction jobs is suitable for the zoning designation at the University of Delaware Star Campus, the site of the old auto plant.
Many opponents say they have nothing against the data center, but do not want the accompanying natural gas-fired power plant. Data Centers, developer of the project say the power plant is necessary in ensuring 100 percent up time for data stored in servers at the site.