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Princeton Site Plan Advisory Board to Review 7-Eleven Plans on Feb. 11

The site of the proposed 7-Eleven on Nassau Street.
The site of the proposed 7-Eleven on Nassau Street.

A proposal to open a 7-Eleven on Nassau Street at the site of the former West Coast Video store is moving forward in spite of a new town ordinance restricting business hours that was targeted at the convenience store.

The town of Princeton’s site plan review advisory board will discuss the proposed 7-Eleven plans for 259 Nassau Street at the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in meeting room B at the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street.

After the site plan review advisory board looks at the plans and makes recommendations, the Princeton Planning Board will review the plans.

In December, the Princeton Council voted unanimously to restrict business hours in or directly next to residential zones, forbidding businesses from being open between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.. The ordinance exempts businesses serving Princeton University students, including the Wawa and the Princeton University Store. The CVS on State Road is also exempt. The ordinance does not apply to restaurants with liquor licenses.

Businesses that want to remain open past 2 a.m. may do so for up to six days per year but must first apply to the town or the police department for permission.

 

The only business the ordinance would apply to that operates now or has been proposed is the 7-Eleven.

Originally the governing body was divided on the ordinance. Council members approved the ordinance after it was amended to include an agreement to monitor the effectiveness of the ordinance over a three-year period, after which the ordinance will expire. A task force will be established to evaluate how it affects quality of life, economic development and the community.

The West Coast Video building has been vacant for several years. Rite Aid leased the building but never opened a  store there.

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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.

10 comments

  • Noone had to encourage neighbor opposition. The idea of putting a 24/7 store in a quiet residential community was enough to create opposition on its own. It’s a bad plan, and there were alternatives. Unfortunately, they weren’t pursued.

  • I agree! An in-town convenience store would be terrific, even if it isn’t 24/7. I wonder if Wawa has played any role in encouraging opposition to the 7-11 for that reason???

  • 7-11 would be good since the new Wawa isn’t accessible to the average townie! It’s inconvenient as hell! We don’t go there AT ALL anymore!

  • Maybe they should have forced any new business at the site to close at 11pm and not open before 7am.

  • So wouldn’t this be exempt, too? I can guarantee that it would get TONS of PU student traffic, as close as it is to the Engineering Quad.

  • “The West Coast Video building has been vacant for several years.” Is it like 8 years since West Coast shuttered?

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