A group of residents has dropped its opposition to developer AvalonBay’s revised plans for the downtown Princeton hospital site.
Leaders of the group Princeton Citizens for Sustainable Neighborhoods (PCSN) said they could no longer continue to carry on the fight because of mounting legal costs. The group issued a statement on the issue.
“First and foremost PCSN thanks its many community-wide supporters over a 17-month period—including dozens of speeches at the planning board and many letters to editors,” the group said. “PCSN’s decision to withdraw as objectors before the planning board was not easy. The trustees could no longer justify our mounting legal and professional fees. The trustees continue to carry a significant legal financial responsibility for full payment of debts. Presenting a case at the planning board meeting on July 18th would have involved yet further, sizable attorney and expert fees.”
Leaders of the group say it has achieved several accomplishments, includingsecuring AvalonBay’s commitment to provide 13 percent “very low income” units that will house families in seven units of the 56 affordable units proposed for the site if AvalonBay’s revised is approved by the planning board.
“PCSN supporters should be equally proud that PCSN has secured AvalonBay’s commitment to donate $70,000 to the Princeton Arts Council – funds that will be dedicated to the acquisition and placement of public art throughout the AvalonBay development if AvalonBay’s Plan B is approved by the Planning Board,” the group’s statement reads. “We acknowledge that some may be disappointed by our decision.”
The Princeton Planning Board is slated to hold what is expected to be the last hearing on the plans tomorrow night, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. The revised plans for the 280-unit apartment complex include five separate buildings ranging from two to five stories. of one large building, Three townhouse buildings would line Franklin Street. An alley behind the townhouses would provide access to the townhouse garages. Affordable housing units would be located throughout the two largest buildings. A public road will run through the property, connecting Franklin Street and Henry Avenue. A public park at the corner of Witherspoon and Franklin is larger than the previous plan.
The development would be Energy Star certified and comply with silver level LEED standards.