City Of Newark Says Students Will Not Be Asked To Leave Hotels During Parents’ Weekend

Soon-to-be Tenants of the South Main Street Plaza Apartment Complex will Remain at Hotel Through the Rest of October, if needed, according to the City of Newark.

Due to construction delays associated with the South Main Street Plaza Apartment Complex, tenants (most of whom are UD students) that hoped to move in shortly before the commencement of the University of Delaware academic year were temporarily housed by the developer at the Embassy Suites at 654 S. College Avenue and the Homewood Suites at 640 S. College Avenue. These tenants have remained at the hotel since late August.

There are currently three weekends in October where lodging may be problematic for the hotels since reservations for these two hotels were made far in advance of recent S. Main Street Plaza housing issues. The three weekends in question are 10/11-13, 10/18-20, and 10/25-27.

While the South Main Street Plaza developer hopes to have all code-related issues resolved and tenants moved in before lodging becomes an issue at these hotels, and especially before UD’s Parents’ Weekend (10/18-20), the feasibility of reaching this goal by mid-October remains uncertain, officials said Friday.

There has been recent speculation that the S. Main Street Plaza tenants being housed at the Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites will be removed from their rooms for Parents’ Weekend, as well as the other two weekends mentioned above, since all rooms are booked. Consequently, the Embassy Suites reported to the City that the hotel is receiving a number of calls from concerned parents and those that have reserved rooms for weekends in October, the city said in a statement.

The City, Embassy Suites, and Homewood Suites would like to clarify that students and other tenants of the S. Main Street Plaza will NOT be asked to leave the hotels during Parents’ Weekend or the other two referenced weekends if the apartment complex is not ready in time. They will be allowed to remain in their rooms as they have been since late August. People with upcoming weekend reservations at these hotels may be relocated to other local hotels to allow S. Main Street Plaza tenants to stay at the hotel and accommodate all other lodging needs.

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