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October 22, 2021

The contentious town-gown battle over the fate of four historically significant buildings on Prospect Avenue came to a quick ending on Thursday, October 21, with the Planning Board unanimously approving a compromise plan that will allow Princeton University to proceed with its 666,000 square foot ...

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A door has opened that may lead to a compromise in Princeton University’s controversial plan to move its building at 91 Prospect Avenue across the street to make room for the terminus of the university’s proposed 666,000 square foot Environmental Sciences/School of Engineering & Applied Science ...

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As this week dawns, the Princeton University campus is notably quiet – it’s fall break – but Princeton University issues loom large on the municipal calendar. On Monday, October 18, the Historic Preservation Commission is expected to vote on a resolution to designate a section of Prospect Avenue ...

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On Friday, October 15, Princeton Community Housing (PCH) held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the upcoming construction of 25 new affordable homes along with some neighborhood enhancements at Princeton Community Village (PCV), an existing PCH community that opened in 1976 with 235 ...

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“I want people to know the man, who was far more than a mayor,” said Ingrid Reed, prior to the private tribute service honoring her husband, former Princeton Borough Mayor Marvin Reed. The service, attended by relatives and close friends, took place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of ...

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Many architects, we are told, love to work with a blank canvas – and urban planners may well feel the same way. When urbanist Jeff Speck showed up in Princeton at the end of last month to walk the town and look closely at the town’s plan to redesign Witherspoon Street, he exercised the kind of ...

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Princeton’s affordable housing overlays, designed to encourage in-town residential developments that include affordable units, appear to be having an impact. On Wednesday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. the Site Plan Review Advisory Board (SPRAB) will review a major site plan presented for 21 Wiggins ...

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This is a week that demands a news story beginning not with a statement but with a question. The question is: Do you know what day Monday, October 11, is? The easy answer is recycling day, always good to know. But some people will also answer Columbus Day. Correct, October 11 is indeed a ...

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At the beginning of last week, Princeton Council, faced with “a wrench” thrown into its thinking about the redesign of upper Witherspoon Street, scheduled a special meeting on the morning of Friday, October 8, to discuss possible adjustments to its plan. Shortly after that meeting began, Council ...

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Two major pending projects, both of which have already been subject of much discussion, will come under more scrutiny on Thursday and Friday, October 7 and 8.   On Thursday at 7 p.m. the Planning Board will discuss the proposed designation of the Franklin Avenue site between Witherspoon Street ...

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Sometimes in the course of municipal events there are times when a plan of action seems almost complete and shovels are ready to hit the ground, only to find some new element introduced that throws the plan off track. These are the times that try the souls of mayors, council people, and municipal ...

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Sometimes it takes a total stranger to notice immediately something that’s been in front of your eyes – unnoticed -- for years. As a recreational pedestrian, I have walked hundreds of times down Nassau Street past Jay’s Cycles, past the new kiosk in front of the Carnevale building, and then past ...

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Plans for a 200-unit apartment building at the southern end of the Princeton Shopping Center – plans that are critical for the town in order to meet its affordable housing settlement agreement, continued to move through the planning process this week. Meeting on Wednesday, September 29, instead of ...

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We are all creatures of habit and almost always, whether we admit it or not, resistant to change. The reconfiguration of Witherspoon Street from two-way to one-way traffic has already triggered a fusillade of complaints. Familiar driving paths have been altered. One customer of Small World Coffee, ...

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If we were back in the late 1990s or early 2000s, we could imagine the first block of Witherspoon Street, from Nassau to Spring Street, as a design challenge worthy of playing in SimCity, the video game popular back then. Which version do you think will work best? 1.) Witherspoon Street, as it ...

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Recycling Monday, September 27, kicks off another busy week for boards and committees serving the municipality and school board. As is sometimes the case, one issue that seems like a ho-hum matter – stormwater management is this week’s example – is on the agenda for two meetings and likely will ...

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More than 100 members of the public, in addition to nearly 50 panelists, showed up Thursday, September 23, for the showdown -- the continuation of the Planning Board hearing on Princeton University’s proposed 666,000 square feet Environmental Studies and School of Engineering and Applied Science ...

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On Monday we called the Thursday, September 23, Planning Board meeting a “showdown” in our daily newsletter headline. Two days later the Town Topics referred on its cover to “battle lines drawn” between the opposing parties on the September 23 Planning Board agenda. After two previous meetings, ...

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If you believe that Princeton will follow the lead of voters, who -- both locally and statewide -- overwhelmingly voted last November to legalize the sale of cannabis (aka marijuana), then you can assume that the town will soon enact an ordinance to allow the sale of the product at local ...

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The big news of the week ahead may come on Thursday, September 23, when the Planning Board is expected to finally vote on the contentious matter of Princeton University’s proposed new campus for Environmental Sciences and School of Engineering & Applied Science (ES / SEAS). The university’s ...

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When was the last time Princeton Council got into some trash talk? We don’t know for sure what’s said when the Zoom cameras are off, but we do know there was some serious trash talk at the August 9 Council meeting. And that talk will be heard on more than 40 streets on the eastern end of town on ...

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One small item on Council’s September 13 agenda ended up being the subject of much discussion. That was the annual agreement with various hunters and hunting organization participating in the now annual effort to control the town’s deer population. In town of animal lovers it’s a sensitive ...

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A recycling Monday, September 13, also features another Council session that seems packed with items for action and discussion, from renewing the town’s deer hunting program to beginning the public hearing of an affordable housing overlay for the Witherspoon Street corridor to a work session on a ...

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Here’s a Princeton Council agenda item that caused our eye to glaze over when we first saw a reference to it a few weeks ago: “Council Work Session on the Flood and Storm Water Commission's Proposed Stormwater Redevelopment Ordinance Related to Minor and Major Developments (Developments Which ...

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It’s a strange feeling. There’s an art talk at Dohm Alley off Nassau Street from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the kickoff to a busy weekend for the arts (see our separate story on that). And then, just a half hour later, there are two separate municipal meetings, both dealing with important developments in ...

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Will Princeton become Pot-Town? Damn near impossible, if you follow the proceedings of the community Cannabis Task Force as it deliberates over how – but not if – the town will opt in to the state legislation that now permits the legal sale of cannabis, also known as marijuana. The task ...

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For everyone who dreamed of Labor Day week marking a return to normalcy after the long bout with COVID, we can say there is a return to at least a near-normal, which might possibly be a new normal. Princeton Council is charging ahead with its cannabis initiative, the Planning Board is taking a look ...

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President Joe Biden has approved New Jersey's Emergency Declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts due to the conditions resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.    According to a White House press release, this action authorizes the Department ...

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For lots of kids one of the first cool things about going to school is that they get to walk or bicycle there by themselves. Instead of being strapped into the back seat of their parents’ car, the kids get to make their own way to school – and by their own power. It’s one of the first chances to be ...

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The wheels of government don’t always move quickly or straight ahead. For the past several months we have reported that Princeton is moving ahead with plans to accommodate the newly legal cannabis industry in various forms around the town. But meanwhile the headlines have talked about the town ...

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