The Christian Union, an independent Evangelical group that has ministries on several Ivy League campuses, is purchasing the historic Beatty House on Vandeventer Avenue in the heart of Princeton.
The house, located at the corner of Vandeventer Avenue and Park Place, has been on the market since 2010. The original asking price was $2.2 million. The selling price is still not known. Originally built on Nassau Street in 1780, the house was moved to its current location in 1887.
Many of the residents in the neighborhood are upset about the group moving to the residential neighborhood. They oppose requests for variances and waivers and don’t want the residential character of the neighborhood to change.
The Princeton Planning Board will hold a public hearing about plans for the property at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the main meeting room at 400 Witherspoon Street.
The Christian Union, a nonprofit, is seeking approval to use the building for non-profit and educational use. About nine staff members will work in the building. The group wants to put a four-foot wide sign on the front lawn, and is also seeking waivers for parking, buffers, and setbacks the town normally would deem necessary for the property.