The Princeton Planning Board met for more than four hours on Thursday night and reviewed Princeton University’s plans to demolish three Victorians on Prospect Avenue and move the former Court Club building at 91 Prospect Avenue across the street to make way for a modern “Theorists’ Pavilion.” The board heard testimony from university staff members and the university’s consultants on the project, as well as from planners and other experts who oppose the demolition of the houses and the Court Club move.
University representatives made it clear that the university won’t compromise for the project, and that if the planning board does not approve the plans, the university will demolish all of the buildings anyway. Some speakers questioned whether the nature of the relationship between the university and the town has changed, and pointing to past development plans that were controversial, but where the university worked with residents to reach a compromise.
More than 70 people attended the meeting via Zoom. More than 1,000 residents have signed a petition opposing the demolition of the three houses and the Court Club move.
We will update this story with more details later today.