UD of­fi­cial dis­cusses Bloom, Aetna, party school rank­ing

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHANNON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

When a top Univer­sity of Delaware of­fi­cial joined Ne­wark City Coun­cil for a work­shop late last month, it was an un­usu­ally can­did mo­ment for an in­sti­tu­tion that prefers to com­mu­ni­cate through or­ches­trated events and care­fully worded press re­leases.

Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Alan Brang­man at­tended the meet­ing to dis­cuss UD’s eco­nomic im­pact but later made news on sev­eral other top­ics as well.

Here’s a look at some of the sub­jects he shed light on. keep­ing our fin­gers crossed that some­thing will hap­pen there.”

An early pos­si­bil­ity was a va­cant UD-owned plot on Wy­oming Road next to the Delaware Tech­nol­ogy Park and across from Col­lege Square, a city of­fi­cial said two years ago. How­ever, it’s un­clear if that site is still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. re­quest for pro­posal, so­lic­it­ing in­ter­est from ho­tel com­pa­nies. Of­fi­cials are also in “quiet con­ver­sa­tion” with ho­tel op­er­a­tors, Brang­man said.

“They’re all ex­cited be­cause they’re look­ing at the train sta­tion, easy ac­cess, they’re look­ing at I-95, easy ac­cess, and they’re look­ing at the fact that the STAR Cam­pus is grow­ing, and they’re look­ing at the fact Ne­wark is a healthy com­mu­nity and the univer­sity is here as well,” he said.

He hopes to see the ho­tel open within three years.

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