A discussion about the future of Princeton’s central business district

Come to the Princeton Public Library and take part in a discussion about Princeton’s future on Saturday, October 6, beginning at 9 a.m.

Growth will come to our town. The choice we have is whether to plan for that growth or just react to it. To plan, we need to listen to each other very carefully and decide, together, what kind of a town we want to become.

Are there options that can encourage economic growth, benefit Princeton’s taxpayers, fulfill our commitment to affordable housing, and enhance community character?

Where are we headed?

9 a.m., Thomas Wright, president of the Regional Plan Association

9:45 a.m. A visioning study for central Princeton. Sustainability, social justice, economic health and
the alleviation of tax burdens can provide the bedrock principles for a plan.  Kevin Wilkes AIA, President, Princeton Future

10 a.m.  What if? Conversations at four break-out tables on three subjects

Table 1. Mid-Block-Nassau Street • Housing Needs
Table 2. Park Place Lot • Commercial Needs
Table 3. Griggs Corner Lot • Place-making
Table 4. E = mc Square(d)

11 a.m to noon: Each table reports

Princeton Future forum on parking strategies for downtown

Come to the Princeton Public Library this Saturday, December 2, for a forum on parking strategies for the downtown. The discussion will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the community room.

The municipality will be changing its ordinances and zoning regarding parking, and a consultant recently completed a parking study. What do you want to see included in parking regulations? The forum will discuss the following four topics, each followed by a Q&A session:

1. The municipal parking study. Speaker: Kevin Wilkes, president of Princeton Future

2. What has Been done elsewhere? The Rahway parking and redevelopment success story Speaker: Joel Schwartz, President, Rahway Arts and Business Partnership

3. What is downtown parking worth to you?

4. What is downtown parking worth to Princeton’s future?

See the newspaper ad for the meeting here.

Video of May 20, 2017 Forum – Where Will Princeton Be in Two Decades?

Kevin Wilkes, president of Princeton Future, kicked off the meeting. The following presentations were made:

A look at the future of personal transportation: Dr. Alain L. Kornhauser, Director, Transportation Research, Princeton University

In what new ways should we begin to plan our redevelopment? • What if? planning: David E. Cohen, DEC Architect, Princeton Planning Board

• What is ‘fair’ housing?: Alvin McGowen Esq, Chair, Princeton Affordable Housing

• How can we do it?: Jim Constantine LP, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss

Then participants broke into groups to discuss 25 sites in four areas:

AREA ONE

1. Old Valley Road School, 8.9 acres – Auction sale and demolition of front half of former Valley Road School for conversion to residential and/or office uses. Should the Princeton Board of Education emerge as the successful bidder for buying the Westminster Choir College campus, then the entire Valley Road school site should be included in the auction for private development.

2. Municipal Building Parking Garage – Building over lot adjacent to Municipal Building to expand parking for municipality visitors and staff, fire department, Community Park School, and Community Park Pool.

3. Race Street Housing – Complete new construction of a row of low- and moderate-income housing units on the north side of Race St. and the edge of the Community Park sports fields.

4. Former Packet Offices & Parking Lots – Complete renovation of printing plant and offices on Lower Witiherspoon St. between Birch Ave. and Community Park School for retail, office, and residential uses including parking.

5. Hillier Properties = Residential and other mixed uses on Hillier-owned properties in Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District.

6. South Side Franklin Ave. – Replacement of Housing Authority’s single-story low-income residential units with three-story residential low-income apartments and townhouses. Includes expansion to include former hospital employees parking lot.

AREA TWO

7. Chambers St. Garage Replacement – Replacement of Palmer Square’s Chambers St. Garage with street-level retail, below-street-level parking, and upper-floor mix of parking, office, and residential uses.

8. Record Exchange, Princeton Printer etc. Replacement of Record Exchange and backs of other adjacent buildings on Nassau St. west of Tulane St. Includes parking garage behind back half of Nassau St. with additional retail, office, and residential uses.

9. Park Place Municipal Parking Lot – Building over existing municipal parking lot (with upper level accessed from Vandeventer and Moore Sts. and lower level accessed from Park Place) with opportunity for multi-story mix of additional retail, office, and residential uses.

10. Chestnut St. Firehouse – Public auction sale following expansion of Witherspoon St. Firehouse and relocation of existing fire apparatus to permit additional retail, office, and residential uses with additional parking based on access to lower level from Chestnut St. and upper level from Nassau St. Requires cooperation of East Nassau property owners.

11. Telephone Co. and Nearby – Plan for change that’s bound to come to bike shop and one-time phone company office with full range of retail, residential, office, and open plaza space to support added affordable housing.

12. Westminster Choir College Campus, 23 acres. It remains to be seen whether Westminster Choir students, affiliated with a different college or university, will remain at its Princeton location. Either way, the campus land may provide a redevelopment opportunity for a mix of residential and educational uses that fit the context of the area and preserves historic buildings and some open space.

AREA THREE 

13. Bank of America and Parking Lot – Replacement & reduction of Bank of America & reduction of parking lot to include additional retail, office, and residential uses.

14. Harrison St. Firehouse – Public auction sale following expansion of Witherspoon St. Firehouse and relocation of existing fire apparatus to permit additional retail, office, and residential uses with additional parking.

15. North Harrison St – Following move of First Aid and Rescue Squad to Witherspoon St./Valley Rd. replace adjacent existing houses on N. Harrison St. and Clearview Ave. to provide low-income apartments.

16. Shopping Center – Allow new owners to add second and third floor mix of office and residential uses.

17. Terhune St. Senior Housing- Fulfill plans for senior housing on zoned corner site at Harrison and Terhune Sts.

18. PCH Expansion – Assisting Princeton Community Housing in constructing new rentsubsidized low and moderate income units at its village off Bunn Drive, including a second tower similar to “Holly House.”

19. Lanwin/Herrontown Development – Site of 80 acres off Herrontown Road designed around “clustered”residential units to compensate for steep slopes and bonus for affordable housing.

AREA FOUR

20. Textile Research Institute – Allow additional clustered residential housing units in exchange for dedication of open space for lakeside access and neighborhood park.

21. Butler Tract -33 acres. Encourage replacement similar to clustered sites now  being completed at Merwick and Stanworth.

22. Broadmead and Grey Farms – Expand residential development along Broadmead, Valley Rd., and Harrison St. similar to earlier Grey Farms residential development of cottage and apartment housing for faculty.

23. Lower Alexander St. Corridor – Replace existing service and office uses with newer retail, office, and residential uses. Include small-scale short-term apartment rentals for visiting actors, musicians, and other performers at venues for the arts.

24. Karin Court Low-Income Family Housing – Expand low and moderate-income family housing off West Drive below Springdale Golf Course.

25. Springdale Golf Course – 125 acres. As the University ceases to lease the Springdale Golf Course land for a golf course and shifts to other educational, residential, and recreational uses, opportunities open for significant mixed-use development along the west side of the Alexander St. corridor. Or, should it become open space?

Summary of citizen comments

Transcript of comments

Booklets for the Four Areas

Community discussion set for May 20: Where will Princeton be in two decades?


Looking ahead for 20-30 years, Princeton Future foresees more technological changes in how we live. While protecting our traditional residential neighborhoods and commercial districts, we have identified 25 sites where the Princeton Zoning Code should provide for increased density, mixed use, open space, economical construction, public transit, decreased parking requirements, public-private off-street shared parking partnering, and proportionally more variety and choice of housing, affordable to low, moderate, middle income families and individuals.

Come to the Princeton Public Library community room and take part in a discussion of Princeton’s future on Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m.

Schedule

9 a.m. – Introduction: Balancing future change: Kevin Wilkes, President, Princeton Future

9:15 – A look at the future of personal transportation: Dr. Alain L. Kornhauser, Director, Transportation Research, Princeton University

9:55 – In what new ways should we begin to plan our redevelopment? • What if? planning: David E. Cohen, DEC Architect, Princeton Planning Board

• What is ‘fair’ housing?: Alvin McGowen Esq, Chair, Princeton Affordable Housing

• How can we do it?: Jim Constantine LP, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss

10:20 – Please join in the conversation about Princeton’s future and the 25 sites. Break out tables (each organized by an area):

AREA ONE

1. Old Valley Road School, 8.9 acres – Auction sale and demolition of front half of former Valley Road School for conversion to residential and/or office uses. Should the Princeton Board of Education emerge as the successful bidder for buying the Westminster Choir College campus, then the entire Valley Road school site should be included in the auction for private development.

2. Municipal Building Parking Garage – Building over lot adjacent to Municipal Building to expand parking for municipality visitors and staff, fire department, Community Park School, and Community Park Pool.

3. Race Street Housing – Complete new construction of a row of low- and moderate-income housing units on the north side of Race St. and the edge of the Community Park sports fields.

4. Former Packet Offices & Parking Lots – Complete renovation of printing plant and offices on Lower Witiherspoon St. between Birch Ave. and Community Park School for retail, office, and residential uses including parking.

5. Hillier Properties = Residential and other mixed uses on Hillier-owned properties in Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District.

6. South Side Franklin Ave. – Replacement of Housing Authority’s single-story low-income residential units with three-story residential low-income apartments and townhouses. Includes expansion to include former hospital employees parking lot.

AREA TWO

7. Chambers St. Garage Replacement – Replacement of Palmer Square’s Chambers St. Garage with street-level retail, below-street-level parking, and upper-floor mix of parking, office, and residential uses.

8. Record Exchange, Princeton Printer etc. Replacement of Record Exchange and backs of other adjacent buildings on Nassau St. west of Tulane St. Includes parking garage behind back half of Nassau St. with additional retail, office, and residential uses.

9. Park Place Municipal Parking Lot – Building over existing municipal parking lot (with upper level accessed from Vandeventer and Moore Sts. and lower level accessed from Park Place) with opportunity for multi-story mix of additional retail, office, and residential uses.

10. Chestnut St. Firehouse – Public auction sale following expansion of Witherspoon St. Firehouse and relocation of existing fire apparatus to permit additional retail, office, and residential uses with additional parking based on access to lower level from Chestnut St. and upper level from Nassau St. Requires cooperation of East Nassau property owners.

11. Telephone Co. and Nearby – Plan for change that’s bound to come to bike shop and one-time phone company office with full range of retail, residential, office, and open plaza space to support added affordable housing.

12. Westminster Choir College Campus, 23 acres. It remains to be seen whether Westminster Choir students, affiliated with a different college or university, will remain at its Princeton location. Either way, the campus land may provide a redevelopment opportunity for a mix of residential and educational uses that fit the context of the area and preserves historic buildings and some open space.

AREA THREE 

13. Bank of America and Parking Lot – Replacement & reduction of Bank of America & reduction of parking lot to include additional retail, office, and residential uses.

14. Harrison St. Firehouse – Public auction sale following expansion of Witherspoon St. Firehouse and relocation of existing fire apparatus to permit additional retail, office, and residential uses with additional parking.

15. North Harrison St – Following move of First Aid and Rescue Squad to Witherspoon St./Valley Rd. replace adjacent existing houses on N. Harrison St. and Clearview Ave. to provide low-income apartments.

16. Shopping Center – Allow new owners to add second and third floor mix of office and residential uses.

17. Terhune St. Senior Housing- Fulfill plans for senior housing on zoned corner site at Harrison and Terhune Sts.

18. PCH Expansion – Assisting Princeton Community Housing in constructing new rentsubsidized low and moderate income units at its village off Bunn Drive, including a second tower similar to “Holly House.”

19. Lanwin/Herrontown Development – Site of 80 acres off Herrontown Road designed around “clustered”residential units to compensate for steep slopes and bonus for affordable housing.

AREA FOUR

20. Textile Research Institute – Allow additional clustered residential housing units in exchange for dedication of open space for lakeside access and neighborhood park.

21. Butler Tract -33 acres. Encourage replacement similar to clustered sites now  being completed at Merwick and Stanworth.

22. Broadmead and Grey Farms – Expand residential development along Broadmead, Valley Rd., and Harrison St. similar to earlier Grey Farms residential development of cottage and apartment housing for faculty.

23. Lower Alexander St. Corridor – Replace existing service and office uses with newer retail, office, and residential uses. Include small-scale short-term apartment rentals for visiting actors, musicians, and other performers at venues for the arts.

24. Karin Court Low-Income Family Housing – Expand low and moderate-income family housing off West Drive below Springdale Golf Course.

25. Springdale Golf Course – 125 acres. As the University ceases to lease the Springdale Golf Course land for a golf course and shifts to other educational, residential, and recreational uses, opportunities open for significant mixed-use development along the west side of the Alexander St. corridor. Or, should it become open space?

11:20 – Noon

HAVE YOUR SAY! Each Table Reports out to the plenary session.