Don't expect to see stark, rectangular cinder block dorm rooms at 707 N. King Street.
The new residence hall, which was formerly the Brandywine Suites Hotel, features 46 rooms that will accommodate 85 students. The rooms are studio-style with designated study space and bedrooms as well as private granite bathrooms and a separate sink and counter space.
On Sat., August 25, Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) students moved into their swanky new digs.
DCAD also opened a new dining hall with a student meal plan, something the College has never had up to this point.
In previous years, first-year students have lived in The Saville, which DCAD has owned since 2008, and the College has then leased additional living space from downtown property owners for second-year students.
The building at 707 N. King Street was purchased by DCAD in November 2011 at Sheriff's Sale. Buccini/Pollin began renovations in January. Funding for the $4.2 million project was acquired through ING Direct and M&T Bank, and the City of Wilmington provided a $500,000 loan from the City's Capital Budget.
The college held a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, Sept. 20 to welcome the new residence hall to the area, as well as announce a new tenant.
DCAD President Stuart Barron announced that the college-owned building's retail space fronting Market Street, which was once the home of Braustein's years ago, will be the new home of a full-service fine art supply store, Jerry's Artarama.
"It will be a destination store to downtown Wilmington," Barron said, with the opening date still not set.
Mayor James M. Baker said that DCAD's thriving community presence is only making the city of Wilmington a greater city. "All great cities have great universities and colleges," he said.
But Baker ended his speech with one of his signature tirades: "Civilization is created by people who don't fear; stay out of my city if you're afraid."