U.S. 1’s cover story last week on the latest discussions for a redevelopment of the train station area in West Windsor failed to provide the contact information for Intercap Holdings, owner of the 25-acre tract of land, including 14 Washington Park, adjacent to the train station. Intercap, headed by CEO Steve Goldin, is located at 100 Overlook Center, Princeton 08540. Phone: 609-375-2802. Website: www.IntercapHoldings.com.
Our article described West Windsor residents as “wary” about development of any kind, especially when it involves housing. Through our sister newspaper, the West Windsor-Plainsboro News, we have already heard from several of those wary residents, voicing alarm over Goldin’s housing proposals described at his May 28 presentation at the Hyatt. Along with the 450 market rate units mentioned in U.S. 1, Goldin envisioned another 250 units for seniors and about 125 affordable units, required under state law.
As the skeptics pointed out, that brings the total to more than 800, perilously close to the 1,000 envisioned a year ago in a plan devised by Bob Hillier and then rejected by voters in an election in which redevelopment was a major issue.
West Windsor is not alone in being home to people who are concerned about intensified development in their neighborhoods. Princeton’s new arts center did not rise on Witherspoon Street without some controversy (see page 43), and residents of nearby Quarry Street are still bemused by the presence of an “urban insertion” in their neighborhood (page 45).
But in some quarters the transit village concept and “new urbanism” may seem more attractive, as the letter below suggests.
As a Hopewell Borough resident with children who will walk to kindergarten in a few years and as an owner of M3 Studios, a personal fitness training studio that allows us to walk to work, I loved reading your article about the new development proposed for West Windsor.
In my opinion, Hopewell surely could use redevelopment of the mostly vacant 80,000 square foot warehouse adjacent to the tracks.
From what I understand, there has been talk for years of bringing the Hopewell passenger train back online between Philadelphia and New York. Perhaps there is some hope as fuel prices continue to increase. What better idea than to bring the train back online and do something useful with the vacant warehouse and create a village such as the one described in your article.
Hopewell needs a village and a way to offset our $13,000 a year in property taxes!
M3 Studio, Hopewell