Lang Development Co. and the Danneman family have proposed the hotels, according to theNewark Post reported.
Lang is a leading developer in Newark, primarily specializing in mixed-use housing that consists of student apartments along with retail space. The Lang project is further along with the developer offering a rendering.
Danneman is fresh off the opening of a suite hotel near Main Street on Ogletown Road. Plans are in the early stages but are said to involve razing Magherrita’s PIzza, a long-time student favorite that has survived the wave of new construction.
Lang’s plans call forthe demolition of a structure at 92 East Main St. while preserving and rehabilitate the structure at 96 East Main Street, known as the Green Mansion Lang would construct a mixed-use building including a seven-story, 147-room hotel and 19,500 square feet of office space with associated parking, amenities.
The site includes a parking lot currently used by the city.
The hotel got a thumb’s down from most of the 53 commenters on the Newark Post’s Facebook page.One writer said the project would work if adequate parking for downtown is part of athe package.
City spokesperson Kelly Bachman offered the following statement: “The plans for the proposed project were just submitted to the city last week. It is being reviewed internally by members of our Subdivision Advisory Committee, which will provide any comments or feedback in the coming weeks (those comments will also be posted online). Until that process is complete, it would be premature to comment.”
Parking remains an issue in downtown, with the city continuing to defer a decision on a structure to supplement surface parking.
Main Street continues to have few vacancies among retail businesses and developers may be betting on the popularity of the college town setting as a drawing card for tourists and parents of UD students.