Category Archives: Smart Growth

Princeton Must Build Thousands Of New Homes. Where Can They Go?

The town of Princeton announced at the end of April that it will settle a court case about how much affordable housing the town will add through 2025. Six weeks on, the terms of the settlement are still shrouded in … Continue reading

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A Walk Around ‘The Yard’ At Rutgers-New Brunswick

Earlier this semester, Rutgers University opened a significant new addition. ‘The Yard‘ replaced a parking lot at Hamilton St and College Ave in New Brunswick. Imagined as a ‘front porch’ for the campus, the project features a mixture of stores and … Continue reading

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Princeton Council Should Strike The Right Balance On Witherspoon Street

Princeton’s Council members indicated earlier this month that they will create a new historic district in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood. The measure drew significant support, particularly from members of the African-American community, who have historically made up the largest share of residents. … Continue reading

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Bayard Lane Duplex Plan Torpedoed Amid Neighborhood Protest

A plan to construct three duplexes off Route 206 near Birch Avenue was withdrawn after a hearing at Princeton’s Zoning Board on Wednesday night. The proposal from West Windsor Real Estate was for six private residences arranged as three duplexes, … Continue reading

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Apartment Conversion Of MacLean Street Masonic Hall Approved After Marathon Meeting

Princeton’s Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved required variances for a planned conversion of the old Masonic Hall on MacLean Street. The building will now be converted to ten apartments, including a mix of studios and one- and two-bed units. The … Continue reading

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Angry Signs Protest Walkable Apartment Proposal at Princeton’s MacLean Street

In January, Princeton’s Zoning Board of Adjustment was scheduled to rule on whether a proposal to convert the old Masonic Hall at John and MacLean St into apartments could go ahead. The hearing was postponed, and is now set to … Continue reading

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Princeton’s Mt Lucas Road Land Purchase: A Potentially Costly Deal

Princeton’s Democratic Council members are at loggerheads over a potential open space purchase off Mt Lucas Road. Proponents argue that the purchase is necessary to prevent development of 20.4 acres of land, and to provide a link between existing open space … Continue reading

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