True Community for the Princeton Hospital Sites sign now

Princeton is well loved for its variety, authentic character, and history. Just about everybody feels that after the Medical Center leaves, its Merwick and Witherspoon properties should be blended into the existing texture of this town.

The overwhelming majority of Princetons properties, both residential and commercial, were developed as small individual parcels, controlled by single families and owners. The result is that each of them continually evolves. In contrast, a large property block under corporate ownership remains static, and its variety is superficial. Also, such a property is subject to the fortunes of that one developer. We believe that, to serve the best interests of the surrounding neighborhoods and to create the best future fabric of Princeton, the Medical Center properties should be subdivided and zoned to create new sections of town modeled directly on Princetons historical patterns of ownership.

To make this happen, we firmly believe that these sites should not be sold to a single developer; instead, we appeal to the Planning Board to create the same kind of underlying structure of multiple ownership that we find in the rest of town. This way, the new buildings and streets on the Medical Center sites will have our towns authentic variety. Also, they will be created with the involvement of a whole assortment of different people from our own area: builders, investors, architects, realtors, suppliers, lawyers, plumbers, electricians and tradespeople.

Only individual properties not corporate superblocks participate in the life and evolution of a town like ours, where each property has its own special character, its own future history of ownership and change, and its own unique role to play as an individual member of a genuine community of buildings. This is our only chance to do it right!

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  • 04 January 201225. Carl B
    Multiple owners/developers: an enthusiastic yes. But, the particulars of the planning approach should evolve from our (town) goals for the site, not from the town's past planning practices. There are too many real, current concerns not addressed by histor
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Princeton Regional Planning Board, Princeton Borough Council and Princeton Township Committee

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