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    There is a huge development going up on Route 1 on the site of the old Johnson and Johnson facility.
    http://www.ourtowncenter.info/ Development's Website
    http://www.princetoninfo.com/index.p...1-30-13transit
    http://ns.gmnews.com/news/2013-01-17...n_station.html
    http://ns.gmnews.com/news/2014-04-17...t_village.html

    The development will include
    • A new train station on the Northeast Corridor Line. It will cost about $30 Million and WILL BE FUNDED BY THE DEVELOPER
    • Due to speed enhancements on the Northeast Corridor, Acela trains will race by at 150 MPH!
    • Parking deck for the Train Station
    • a Hotel with 375 rooms
    • 1575 housing units, all in multi-unit buildings
    • A new avenue directly from Route 1 to the train station with about 1/4 mile fully lined with shops and restaurants that face it, rather than the parking lots behind.
    • 450,000 Square feet of retail, not including Costco and Target. 870,000 square feet including them.
    • 195,000 Square feet of office space
    • a Costco and a Target suburban format big-box stores
    • Gridded Streets
    • 3 traffic circles


    This is the full site plan.
    http://www.ourtowncenter.info/Annota...2_02-02-14.pdf







    Potential facades courtesy of http://www.bartonpartners.com/portfo...j=mainstreetnb




    ^^^ I love how they show only one car with so many shoppers...

    As of now,
    • Costco building is fully built and will open soon.
    • Target is currently a shell.
    • The train station was approved in 2013, and should be complete by 2018.
    • Earthwork is underway for the main development.
    • The hotel and the first 500 housing units will be completed by fall 2015
    • The full development may take 20 years to complete.

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    Ewwwww , that accelerates Sprawl....I thought we had regulations against projects like that.

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    Its that or hundreds of McMansions and some strip malls on cul-de-sacs. I do wish that the parking would be handled better, but it is far better than almost everything else along Route 1! It should follow Smart Growth patterns. There are only 2 big box stores kept to the far side of the site. The rest is denser multi-level development.

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    Maybe they're looking for a nicer version of Rte 18. All that beautiful farmland is going going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by towerpower123 View Post
    Its that or hundreds of McMansions and some strip malls on cul-de-sacs. I do wish that the parking would be handled better, but it is far better than almost everything else along Route 1! It should follow Smart Growth patterns. There are only 2 big box stores kept to the far side of the site. The rest is denser multi-level development.
    It should be converted to farmland , the Northeast is one of a few areas that won't be affected severely by climate change. So it is in our best interest to save and expand on the agriculture industry in this region , to keep food prices low and offset the weaken midwest grain belt and west coast diary country which will suffer greatly.

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    There are a lot of other places that should be reverted back to farmland. This is next to the busiest rail line in the region, and possibly the country, and therefore should be built as a transit village with the proposed train station. The alternative is more big-box stores and McMansions.

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    126 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

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    From Wednesday




    The big box stores are done, but the actual development is moving at a snail's pace!

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    ^^^ Maybe I'm too cynical, but to me it sounded like a classic bait-and-switch to get approval for the big-box stores from the beginning.

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