‘Little Free Libraries’ Come To Princeton

A 'Little Free Library' on Prospect Avenue in Princeton. (click to expand.)

A ‘Little Free Library’ on Prospect Avenue in Princeton. (click to expand.)

Are you familiar with the ‘Little Free Library’ Movement? It’s a way for neighbors to share books- something which might seem like a good idea in a brainy town like Princeton. And indeed- Little Free Libraries are now springing up in the area! You might see one on a walk around your neighborhood. Continue reading

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Demographer: New Princeton Apartments Will Have No ‘Earth-Shattering’ Impact On Schools

A friendly bear at the door to Community Park Elementary in Princeton. (click to expand.)

A friendly bear at the door to Community Park Elementary in Princeton. Community Park’s enrollment will grow only modestly in the next 5 years (click to expand.)

We hate to say “I told you so”, but according to a report produced by a demographer retained by Princeton Public Schools, the decision to approve 280 walkable apartments at the old hospital site will not produce an unmanageable flow of new students to the school district.  Continue reading

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Today’s Princeton v AvalonBay Court Case – Bad News For The Town

Hoardings covered with drawings by local kids surround the old Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street as asbestos removal takes place. (click to expand.)

Demolition is still on hold at the old Princeton hospital, after a judge ordered Princeton officials and the developer to try to work out their differences with a mediator. (click to expand.)

Thanks to Philip Curran at the Princeton Packet for getting the story. Princeton and AvalonBay were back in court today to sort out their disagreements regarding the developers agreement for redevelopment of the old Princeton hospital. Continue reading

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Princeton Back In Court Against AvalonBay Today at 11 a.m.

Hoardings covered with drawings by local kids surround the old Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street as asbestos removal takes place. (click to expand.)

Hoardings covered with drawings by local kids surround the old Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street as asbestos removal takes place. (click to expand.)

Princeton municipal representatives are due in court this morning for the latest legal battle over redevelopment of the old Princeton Hospital Site on Witherspoon Street. The site was purchased by developer AvalonBay earlier this year with a view to building apartments under a plan that was approved by the Princeton Planning Board last summer. Demolition at the site is on hold as AvalonBay challenges the terms of the developer’s agreement drawn up by Princeton Council, which required more soil testing and environmental controls than AvalonBay had anticipated. The disagreement will be resolved in court, starting at 11 a.m. in Trenton in Mercer County Superior Court, with Judge Mary Jacobson again overseeing the proceedings. Continue reading

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Beautiful Walkable Princeton: Stony Brook Trail

Part of Stony Brook Trail, near the Hun School in Princeton. (Click to expand.)

Part of Stony Brook Trail, near the Hun School in Princeton. (Click to expand.)

One of the nicest trails in Princeton starts at the parking lot of D&R Greenway Meadows and continues through uninterrupted green space along the Stony Brook and then by the Jasna Polana golf course all the way to Route 206- some 2.3 miles in all. (Click here for a full map). The trail was dedicated in 2010 after 15 years of planning and implementation led by Friends of Princeton Open Space in cooperation with Township engineers. The trail criss-crosses across beautiful waterways on a number of bridges including the wooden one shown above. Continue reading

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Princeton ‘Advisory Planning District’ Report Offers Positive Change

How can Princeton residents give input on planning issues? (Click to expand.)

How can Princeton residents give input on planning issues? (Click to expand.)

‘Advisory Planning Districts’ have been suggested as a new way for Princeton neighborhood residents to provide input on planning matters. Tonight, based on their interim report, an ‘Advisory Planning Districts Task Force’ looks set to recommend against setting up new committees, but has a bunch of positive ideas about how to make planning in Princeton more transparent. Continue reading

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Another Defeat For Princeton ‘Dinky’ Train Campaign Group

The Dinky train departing Princeton Station. (click to expand.)

The Dinky train departing Princeton Station. (click to expand.)

Princeton’s “Save The Dinky” group, who have been waging a legal campaign to reverse the relocation of the Princeton rail station, have suffered another court setback. Continue reading

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