Chrysler Plant

In the wake of the lawsuit against the University of Delaware over the failed data center and power plant project at the old Chrysler plant supporters are calling for an investigation of claims that the school system sabotaged the effort and lied to the public.

Sam Lathem, president of the Delaware State AFL-CIO, told the Wilmington News Journal that he wants to know exactly what happened.

Meanwhile, state Senator Colin Bonini called the claims by The Data Centers LLC “disturbing” because the university gets state money.

The Data Centers LLC

The University of Delaware is being sued over a failed $1.3 billion project to construct a data center and power plant on campus.

Data Centers LLC of Pennsylvania claims it suffered $200-million in damages because the university system deliberately sabotaged the project after opposition arose in the community.

The suit specifically claims that the university lied to the public to protect school officials who had signed the contracts after a backlash developed.

New Castle County Council member Stu Markham is calling on the University of Delaware to more thoroughly vet major projects.

He says he wants to avoid the drawn out battle that developed over the proposed data center that included a gas-fired power plant at the old Chrysler site which drew sharp local opposition.

The University announced the termination of its 75 year lease with The Data Centers LLC with the viability of its plans for the 279-megawatt power plant coming into question.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are withholding $3 million from the University of Delaware in hopes of spurring progress on a proposed data center project on university-owned land in Newark.

Supporters of the project, including Gov. Jack Markell, say it would bring hundreds of construction jobs to Delaware, in addition to the data center jobs at the former Chrysler auto plant site.

The Board of Adjustment yesterday reaffirmed its decision for a gas-fired power plant as part of the data center to be located on the site of the former Chrysler plant.

This will allow The Data Center LLC, which owns the project, to move forward with seeking a state air-quality permit.

The 900-thousand square foot facility would include a 279-megawatt capacity power plant on the site to generate power.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that opponents of the project hinted that they would move their case to Superior Court.

A Newark resident says she’s ready to challenging the city’s zoning decision last month that allows a 237-megawatt power plant as part of a planned data-processing center.

Sherry Hoffman filed her appeal this week with the Newark Board of Adjustment.

She is asking that the Board overturn a January decision by the city planner that gives the green light to the project located at the former Chrysler plant.

Hoffman lives near the facility.


The future of Delaware's 'green' industrial technology now rests on the site where tanks, cars and S.U.V.'S were once manufactured.

This week, California-based Bloom Energy began the groundbreaking process for its' 200,000 square-foot, fuel-cell plant, making Newark's former Chrysler assembly plant a thing of the past.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell said the event brought the site full circle.