Architects and planners hired by Princeton University to work on an expansion of the University campus and specifically on the development of Alexander Street/University Place presented the University's proposals to neighborhood residents in the Berlind Theater rehearsal room last Thursday.
Robert Durkee, Princeton University's vice president and secretary, described the project's origins before introducing its two principals: Neil Kittredge, a partner at the New York-based architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle, and Joost Moolhuijzen a partner in the Italian design firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW).
The project follows the receipt of a gift of $101 million from alumnus Peter Lewis that will "allow a very dramatic expansion in creative and performing arts that is exciting for the campus and the community," said Mr. Durkee, who noted that the University is expanding its arts program this fall in anticipation of the construction.
By the narrowest of margins, and amid minor opposition from local merchants, the developer of Princeton Borough's Downtown Redevelopment project was granted an amendment to its municipal agreement that will allow principals of the developer, Nassau HKT Urban Renewal Associates (NHKT), to refinance a completed portion of the project's first phase, now an estimated three years behind schedule.
Finalizing a consolidation effort to minimize administrative oversight to Corner House, a joint-municipal counseling agency for children and their families, Princeton Borough Council signed off on a mirror ordinance that will create a new nine-member board for the agency that, up to this point, had been overseen by a 27-member board governing the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance (PADA).
The move comes two weeks after Township Committee adopted the same measure. The new board will consist of three residents from each municipality, one liaison from each governing body, and an ex-officio member representing the Corner House Foundation.