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AvalonBay to Host Open House May 22 to Present Revised Plans

medical centerRepresentatives from AvalonBay will present revised plans for the redevelopment of the Princeton University Medical Center site to the public at an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. on May 22nd in the Community Park School cafeteria.

At the beginning of each hour, AvalonBay will review the status of the development, summarize the changes made to the prior plans, and discuss next steps and timing.  Each presentation will be followed by an informal question and answer session with AvalonBay and its professionals.

“We are very pleased to be submitting these new plans for Avalon Princeton. In the last several weeks, we have received constructive feedback on our revised design from municipal officials, professionals, and citizen representatives from both SPRAB and the Princeton Environmental Commission,” said AvalonBay Vice President Jon Vogel. “We have listened carefully to the issues that have been raised, and made changes from our initial design to accommodate community concerns within the constraints of the economic and construction realities surrounding the project.  We are very excited about the prospect of sharing with the community our new plans, and we are optimistic that they will be well received.”

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • There were no meetings with the neighborhood, community and architect to create a concept plan. For an infill redevelopment of this size — the apartment complex with townhouses Avalon would like to build would be the same size, in terms of number of units and people, as the entire Jefferson-Moore neighborhood in which the 280-unit development would sit—, the standard in the design field is to have a (1) neighborhood visioning process BEFORE any plan is created followed by a (2) concept plan review where the plan can evolve in response to community input. As Task Force architect Areta Pawlynsky said at a recent Princeton Council meeting: to produce fully engineered drawings before concept plans and 3D models in context with the neighborhood is like “trying to run before you crawl”. Come on Avalon. Take the proper steps.

  • SFB

    “We have listened carefully to the issues that have been raised, and made changes from our initial design to accommodate community concerns within the constraints of the economic and construction realities surrounding the project.”

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new plan and giving it a fair hearing. It’s good that the developer has listened and come back with something different (hopefully better).

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