‘Tap Into Princeton’ reported last night that RB Homes, a local building firm operated by Roman and Daniel Barsky, has submitted an application to build a new apartment building on Lincoln Court in downtown Princeton. Lincoln Court is probably not a well-known address, but it’s the little dead-end street that connects to North Tulane Street, parallel with Spring Street, behind the old Triumph Brewing Co (map). As such, this is an extremely walkable site, mere footsteps from all the jobs and activity of central Princeton. The proposal is for a 10-unit apartment building, of which 2 units would be designated as below-market-rate ‘affordable’ homes.
The plan was due to be reviewed by Princeton’s Historic Preservation Commission today. Preliminary plans are available at their website, and show a 3-4-story building, which would replace two existing ‘dilapidated’ structures on the site. Four apartments would be on the first floor, four apartments on the second floor, and two apartments on the third floor. The units on the second and third floors would have balconies. Although it isn’t entirely clear how this works from the plan, there are six spaces labeled as ‘exercise rooms’, with accompanying roof decks, on a penthouse level above the third floor. The architect is Daniel A. Ward of Yardley, PA.
Parking for the building would be provided behind 16/18 Vandeventer Ave, a nearby two-family home, which would be retained. A new 3′-wide pedestrian alleyway would be opened to connect the new building on Lincoln Court to Vandeventer Ave. No increase in impervious surface would be required to build the ten new homes.
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