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6/22/2007
Claymont to be transformed into "College Town"

www.Delaforum.com June 22, 2007

American College is close to reaching agreement to acquire part of the Holy Rosary church-school campus and is looking to team with state government to reopen the Darley House.

Only "a few minor details" need to be worked out before the college and the parish council sign a letter of intent involving 6.7 acres of the 16-acre property, Brett Saddler, executive director of Claymont Renaissance Development Corp., told the Design Review Advisory Committee on June 21. The deal would include the historic Grubb mansion fronting on Philadelphia Pike, which most recently served the parish as a retreat house, and cover land extending downhill toward Governor Printz Boulevard. Historic zoning is being sought to protect the house, according to Carolyn Mercandante, president of the Claymont Historical Society.

Saddler said the college also hopes to have a student-faculty coffee house in the building which once was the home of prominent 19th Century illustrator Felix Darley. It was purchased by the state government a few years ago after the bed-and-breakfast Darley Manor Inn closed. There also would be a Darley museum and some office space. In another matter, Saddler said plans to rebuild the Claymont railroad station now involve choosing between locating it at the present site opposite Manor Avenue or a short distance north at Myrtle Avenue. Tying it to potential redevelopment of part of the Claymont Steel property would result in too long a delay, he said. (CLICK HERE to read previous Delaforum article.) Claymont to be transformed into "colllege town"

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