In last week’s cover story on the development possibilities associated with the sale of the 18th century house at the corner of Vandeventer Avenue and Park Place in downtown Princeton, U.S. 1 noted that a vacant lot is not always a more economical opportunity than a lot with a house already on it to be torn down. The tear down lot already has utilities in place, and the foundation of the old house might even work for the replacement home.

In the case of the potential vacant lot at 19 Vandeventer, it turns out, many of the services are already in place for anyone who would buy the rear portion of the 200-foot deep lot. “We made sure to get all the services in while the Park Place road work was being done,” says the seller, Robin Resch, referring to the installation of new sewer lines in the neighborhood, which included two curb cuts along her property — one for the existing house and another for an additional home, if it materializes in the future . “In addition to that, we have done substantial site engineering work to deal with storm water,” says Resch.

Another incentive for the buyer of the Resch property is that a deal to purchase the back portion of the property separately (referred to as Plan B in the article) would be contingent on the seller getting Planning Board approval for the subdivision.

The October 21 story had two other factual errors. The subdividable lot is 78 feet wide and 80 feet deep. And the size of house that could be built on that potential sub-divided lot could be more than 2,500 square feet of living space and meet the zoning code — or could possibly be more than that if someone sought a zoning variance.

In addition, Resch, the seller, wanted to emphasize the support she has received from her father, at age 80 still a practicing architect. “His passion for his work is really what always inspired me to study architecture,” says Resch. “He, of all people, never discouraged me.”

#b#To the Editor: Here’s to Volunteers#/b#

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