Residents from the neighborhoods surrounding the former hospital site are expected to come out in large numbers to oppose building affordable housing on the Franklin parking lot next to the former hospital. The lot previously belonged to Princeton University and was recently donated to the town. The town is considering building affordable housing on the lot, but some residents want the town to put a park there instead.
Some officials and residents argue that the town should wait and see what the impact of the AvalonBay apartment project is before the town adds any more affordable housing to the neighborhood.
Prior to the public meeting, officials will meet in closed session to discuss litigation regarding state requirements for new affordable housing for Princeton. The group Fair Share Housing has recommended that Princeton be required to build 1,000 new affordable housing units over a 10-year period under new state Council on Affordable Housing (commonly known as COAH) requirements. The town is hiring three experts to analyze data and come up with its own proposed numbers for affordable units.
Towns across the state are signing on to a lawsuit challenging the requirements. Princeton probably will also join the suit.