Princeton Planners Identify Four Potential Sites For New Affordable Housing

One potential site for new affordable housing: The 'Franklin Lot' at Franklin Avenue and Harris Road. (click to expand.)

One potential site for new affordable housing in Princeton: The ‘Franklin Lot’ at Franklin Avenue and Harris Road. (click to expand.)

The Princeton Planning Board got an update on Wednesday night about affordable housing. Planning Director Lee Solow outlined the process by which the town will need to respond to a landmark decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court from earlier this year, which handed control of affordable housing obligations to the courts. As part of the discussion, Solow described four sites in Princeton that are either zoned or planned to provide future affordable housing.

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How To Make Valley Road A ‘Complete Street’ That Works For Everybody

Current conditions at Princeton's Valley Road, which is up for engineering. (click to expand.)

Current conditions at Princeton’s Valley Road, which is set for engineering improvements. (click to expand.)

Princeton’s engineers held a public meeting last week to discuss planned upgrades to sanitary sewers and storm drains on Valley Road. As Princeton’s ‘Complete Streets’ policy calls for roads to be designed with all users in mind, the engineers also discussed opportunities for making the street layout friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists. Neighbors were invited to make suggestions on the kinds of improvements they would like to see. Continue reading

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Final Report Of Princeton Transit Task Force Recommends Streetcar Upgrade For Dinky Rail Line

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Visualization from the report of one option for running a modern streetcar on University Place in Princeton. (click to expand)

A task force set up to consider upgrades to transit service along Alexander Street and University Place is set to present a final report to Princeton Council. Their ‘preferred alternative’ is a streetcar/light rail service operating on the existing Princeton Branch rail line between Princeton Junction and Princeton Station, which would then continue via a dedicated track on the east side of University Place to a new stop in downtown Princeton on Nassau Street. The cost of building the new system would be at least $45 million. Continue reading

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Princeton U. Requests Input For Campus Plan With ‘Campus Compass’ Website

Princeton University's campus is a site for all kinds of activities, such as bagpiping. The University is now gathering info on how members of the community use the campus. (click to expand.

Princeton University’s campus is a site for all kinds of activities, such as bagpiping as seen here at a recent ‘Reunions’. The University is now inviting members of the community to give input on how they use the campus. (click to expand.)

Princeton University is reaching out to students, faculty, and members of the community with a new website called ‘Campus Compass‘. The site allows people to inform the University about how they use the campus, as part of the ongoing effort to make a new masterplan to address the University’s future needs. Continue reading

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Remembering The Old Princeton Trolley

"Waiting for passengers to Trenton is Trenton-Princeton Traction car 21 near Witherspoon Street in Princeton in 1939. The line had been cut back to this point from the former Witherspoon Street trackage by this date. [Photo from Stephen D. Maguire]" (click to expand)

“Waiting for passengers to Trenton is Trenton-Princeton Traction car 21 near Witherspoon Street in Princeton in 1939. The line had been cut back to this point from the former Witherspoon Street trackage by this date. [Photo from Stephen D. Maguire]”* (click to expand)

Any day now, the long-awaited report of the Princeton Alexander Street-University Place MOU Transit Task Force is due to be published. The Task Force was established to investigate opportunities for upgrading transit service along the key Alexander Street corridor leading into downtown Princeton. Among the possibilities under discussion is the idea of replacing the aging Arrow II heavy rail train service between Princeton Junction and Princeton Station with a modern streetcar or light rail. With the chance of streetcars returning to Princeton’s streets, it’s worth remembering the glory days of the old streetcars, which connected Princeton and Trenton in the early years of the 20th century.  Continue reading

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660 New Units Needed For Princeton’s ‘Fair Share’ of NJ Affordable Housing Requirements

Existing affordable housing operated by Princeton Community Housing on Bunn Drive in Princeton. (click to expand.)

Existing affordable housing operated by Princeton Community Housing on Bunn Drive in Princeton. (click to expand.)

Princeton should create 660 new units of housing for people of low and moderate incomes. That’s a conclusion of a new report that revises estimates of affordable housing requirements for each New Jersey municipality. Local municipalities including West Windsor and Hopewell Twp have been set even higher numbers- 1,000 new units are envisaged for both these townships.

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Cancellation of Princeton-Plainsboro Bus Line Shows Challenges With Princeton Transit

The #655 'HealthLine' bus, seen here in Princeton, is facing the ax in NJ Transit cutbacks (click to expand).

The #655 ‘HealthLine’ bus, seen here in Princeton, is facing the ax in NJ Transit cutbacks (click to expand).

This week, NJ Transit announced fare hikes and service cutbacks. Among all the bus lines in New Jersey, the only year-round daily service that is getting the chop is our #655 service between Princeton and Plainsboro. The #655 line was launched in 2012, with support from six funding partners including Princeton Healthcare System and Princeton University. It was intended to provide a transit link to the new hospital, and also provided a link between Princeton and residential areas of Plainsboro. But the bus line has reportedly struggled for ridership, and now faces termination. How is it possible that the #655 hasn’t worked out, given Princeton’s stated dedication to transit? Continue reading

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