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The mixed-use development in Newark’s College Square has been renamed and is now called The Grove.

A name change for streets running through the parish was approved by the Newark City Council at its Monday meeting. Click here to view the request document.

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Fusco of New Castle County, the longtime owner of the website, has launched a new website for the community. this shows a walkable area with open space. The 46-acre mixed-use community is slated for completion in 2022 and will include 306 luxury apartments with amenities.

Nearly 23,000 square feet of new restaurant and retail space surround a landscaped space at The Grove with 6,000 square feet of outdoor seating.

“We’re bringing new hiking trails, nearly a thousand new trees, beautiful community green, 300 new luxury apartments, 60,000 square feet of new retail, bike paths and more to Newark,” said Frank Vassallo IV, President of Fusco Management. “The Grove at Newark will improve the life, food, shopping, and recreation of the entire Newark community.”

The apartments will be ready for new residents in 2022.

The name and representations of the area reflect the site’s transformation from a large expanse of concrete and asphalt to a mixed-use community of apartments, retail and service businesses, and 1,000 trees.

Similar developments known as city centers or lifestyle hubs have sprung up across the country in places that include former shopping malls and strip centers.

North Delaware has not seen a project of this size, although some developments in the Pike Creek area east of Newark have combined retail and housing. Sussex County is home to the Village of Five Points community near Lewes.

Luxury apartments are currently being built at the Newark site, known as Compass at the Grove.

In contrast to the high-rise on College Square, the more than 300 apartments are not intended for students. Original plans were for the apartments to have two bedrooms with a smaller number of three bedroom units aimed at young professionals and empty nests.

Part of the former shopping center has been renovated to accommodate existing tenants. The center had lost tenants for years when Kmart, a Sears hardware store, and Walgreens left the area.

A long-time tenant, the busy parts warehouse and repair shop at Pep Boys, is clearing its place in the middle.