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This article was prepared for the November 8, 2000 edition of U.S.

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Life in the Fast Lane: Millstone Bypass

The proposed Millstone Bypass has encountered another

roadblock, and from an unexpected quarter — Governor Christie

Whitman. Last week Whitman stepped into the increasingly acrimonious

battle between bypass opponents (Princeton residents and

environmentalists)

and proponents (West Windsor residents and officials). She ordered

an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project, a move that

will certainly delay the project.

Putting aside the intriguing question of just who or what influenced

the governor to take this unusual step, what does her order mean?

On the surface, a delay. The EIS, an in-depth study of the roadway’s

impacts, could take 18 months or two years to complete. The New Jersey

Department of Transportation (DOT) had planned for the two-year

construction

period to begin in late 2003, and this would push it back to 2005

or 2006.

But does it truly mean a delay? Not necessarily. Whitman’s EIS order

actually preempted a lot of folderol that might have resulted in an

EIS being ordered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) six

months from now, after lots of hearings, reviews, and reports.

"We could have held the public hearing, digested the comments,

made the responses, turned it over to the FHWA, and they could have

said we still think you need to go for a fullblown EIS," says

DOT spokesperson Jim Berzok. The original hearing had been scheduled

for Monday, December 11, at the Sarnoff Center and will still be held

— but in the form of an information session.

To recap: the Millstone Bypass was planned to eliminate traffic lights

at three Route 1 intersections and ease congestion on Washington Road

in the Penn’s Neck section of West Windsor. The New Jersey Department

of Transportation just released an Environmental Assessment (EA)

report

intended to kick off the final round of the approval process for the

bypass’ construction. This hefty document was supposed to identify

all the potential social and environmental impacts of the DOT’s bypass

plan and help decide whether the in-depth EIS was necessary. Next

would come a public hearing, and then the various government agencies

would have to put their heads together to decide whether to issue

the EIS.

Whitman’s order bypassed all this palaver and cut

straight

to the EIS. Some observers say that the DOT document was faulty and

would eventually have precipitated an EIS anyway.

At issue is the state’s currently proposed "preferred

alignment,"

which has the bypass starting at Route 571 at the railroad bridge

near the Ellsworth’s shopping center in West Windsor, going through

Sarnoff property, using an overpass to cross Route 1 onto Harrison

Street, and veering off Harrison Street to go just east of the D&R

Canal to Washington Road. Washington Road would be open only to right

turns in and right turns out, and no traffic could cross Route 1 at

that point.

The plan has its supporters, and not all of them live in West Windsor.

"I don’t think people realize that Princeton is used as a bypass

anyway," says Joseph O’Neill, borough vice chair of the Princeton

Regional Planning Board and a supporter of the current plan. "The

two north/south routes, 27 and 206, run right through Princeton.

Before

the Alexander Road overpass was built we had a parking lot on Route

1 from Quakerbridge Mall to Harrison Street. My guess is that the

bypass — with Washington Road as a right in and right out —

would take north/south traffic off Princeton streets."

Now that the EIS is part of the process, many other options can be

considered or reconsidered, including the realignment of the

Harrison-to-Washington

Road section. Instead of running alongside of the D&R Canal (which

is causing a great deal of resistance from environmentalists) it could

run along the side of Route 1, as a frontage or service road.

A frontage road would feed traffic to almost the entire length of

Washington Road along the much lauded rows of elm trees. Princeton

University’s opposition to keeping Washington Road open is based on

how it could eventually create another safety hazard for pedestrian

traffic. "It would run traffic on a road that would bisect the

campus and duplicate the problems of traffic on Washington Road on

the Princeton side of the lake," said Eugene McPartland four years

ago, when he was the university’s vice president of facilities (U.S.

1, October 23, 1996).

"The frontage road would run between Harrison and Washington roads

and would allow Princeton to have three distinct entrances,"

counters

Alan Goodheart, a landscape architect (and Harrison Street resident)

who chaired the Good Options planning task force for Sensible

Transportation

Options Partnership (STOP) (E-mail: agoodheart@earthlink.net).

"Along

with other ideas, this would be a simple way to deal with university’s

issue of land taking. But the EIS is a great device for comparing

alternatives."

"The governor’s welcome decision calls for a study that will be

bigger in vision, more thorough, and more inclusive," says

Goodheart,

who terms the EA document "severely flawed." He says the EIS

"will be more complicated and expensive but has a chance of

serving

the entire region well into the future."

"We always knew an EIS was a very distinct possibility and, as

the only landowner on this side of Route 1, we intend to participate

in the process," says Pam Hersh, spokesperson for Princeton

University.

"We have said relief is needed on Route 1, and that we would

support

an alignment that fulfills the original goals, including preserving

the integrity of the land for future educational development."

So what did prompt Governor Whitman to go out on the EIS limb and

issue a statement like the following: "Before we consider taking

action that would so permanently change this Princeton landmark (the

removal of a number of trees along the historic Elm Alle’), we must

convince ourselves that we are taking the route that least affects

the area’s environment and character."

"It’s not that unusual for the governor to get involved in an

issue that one of the departments is working on," claims Jayne

O’Connor, a spokesperson in the governor’s office. "This is an

issue that has been going on for years, so the governor has been aware

of it for a long time. Recently she has had numerous contacts from

people interested in the project, asking for her to get involved,

and she did."

O‘Connor cites two other examples: Canceling the move

of the revenue department to Hamilton ("That didn’t make sense,

given the overall state plan, to move the building out of Trenton

into the suburbs") and the proposed watershed rules limiting sewer

growth as a way of controlling sprawl. If passed, this rule will

infuriate

builders. But neither example has anything to do with transportation,

and not even avid Christie watchers remember her interceding on a

traffic plan.

Also puzzling is that Whitman is Republican, and the plan’s opponents

come from a jurisdiction that is largely Democratic. "This is

not a political issue in her mind," says O’Connor. "The

governor

is known as someone who does what she believes is the right thing

to do."

Another possible motive concerns Christie Whitman’s future. She has

been burnishing her reputation as an environmentalist and was seen

on the last weekend before the election making campaign appearances

at environmentally crucial locations with George W. Bush. "She

wants a cabinet position," says one insider, "and she is

positioning

herself as Ms. Environment."

— Barbara Fox

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Expansions

The Chauncey Group International, 664 Rosedale

Road, Princeton 08540-0001. Judith D. Moore, president & CEO.

609-720-6500;

fax, 609-720-6550. Www.chauncey.com

The for-profit arm of Educational Testing Service signed a lease for

a 4,500 square-foot fulfillment center at 1580 Reed Road. Paul Goldman

represented the tenant and landlord. The group does testing and

certification

for corporations, professions, and government.

ClinPhone, 29 Emmons Drive, Building C-40,

Princeton

08540. Howard Goldberg, vice president. 609-734-4800; fax,

609-734-0502.

Www.clinphone.com

This pharmaceutical service company is expanding to 6,200 square feet

at 1009 Lenox Drive and is expected to move at the end of November.

The firm does data capture and project management services to support

pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies during the clinical

research

process. It was represented by Paul Goldman of Commercial Property

Network.

Delphi Technology, 303 George Street, New Brunswick

08901. Daihwan Choi, office manager. 732-418-0008; fax, 732-418-0858.

This software development company specializing in applications for

the insurance and pharmaceutical industries moved from 7,000 square

feet at Carnegie Professional Center to a larger space in New

Brunswick.

It has 69 employees at this location The company’s president, Sam

Fang (Princeton ’73), operates out of Santa Cruz, California.

Epam Systems, 29 Emmons Drive, Building C-80,

Princeton

08540. 609-452-1701; fax, 609-452-1704. Www.epam.com

The computer consulting firm is expanding from 3,800 to 8,000 square

feet at Princeton Commerce Center. Bill Barish of Commercial Property

Network represented owner and tenant.

Founded in Belarus, Russia, Epam Systems does consulting in sales

force automation on PCs for various industries, domestic and foreign.

The programs are webcentric and adaptable for either Internet and

intranet use.

JDS Uniphase – EPITAXX Division (JDSU), 7 Graphics

Drive, West Trenton 08628. Yves Dzialowski, general manager.

609-538-1800;

fax, 609-538-8122. Www.epitaxx.com

The fiber optics firm has expanded to Ewing Mercer Commerce Center.

First it took 98,400 square feet at 200 Ludlow, and now it has signed

a lease at both 100 and 200 Ludlow for a total of 130,000 square feet.

It will move into the new space early in 2001. It is headquartered

at Graphics Drive. Paul Goldman of Commercial Property Network

represented

the tenant. The building owner is Peter Sorce Companies.

Founded by Greg Olsen (who just sold his current company, Sensors

Unlimited) this firm was formerly known as EPITAXX Optoelectronic

Devices Inc. It was bought first by a Japanese-owned company and then

by JDS Uniphase Corporation, based in San Jose. The company sprang

from the David Sarnoff Research Laboratory in 1982. It manufactures

and develops optoelectronic devices for fiber optic communications

networks.

STB (Sturhahn, Dickenson & Bernard), 152 Alexander

Road, Princeton 08540. Jay Bernard, president. 609-921-6880; fax,

609-924-8991.

On November 1 the insurance company moved from Rider Furniture’s

building

at 12-14 Main Street in Kingston to what is known as the Yellow Book

Building, formerly owned by Joe Boyd, founder of the Consumer Bureau.

Jay Bernard, represented by Al Toto of Commercial Property Network,

bought the building.

Velocient Technologies Inc., 666 Plainsboro Road,

Building 200, Suite 200A, Plainsboro 08536. Upinder Zutshi, president

& COO. 609-750-9595; fax, 609-750-9510. Home page:

www.velocient.com

The software development company moved to 5,720 square feet at

Princeton

Meadows Office Center. It does onsite or offsite software development

in USA, Europe and Asia. Paul Goldman of Commercial Property Network

represented the tenant.

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Contracts Awarded

Medarex (MEDX), 707 State Road, Princeton Gateway,

Suite 206, Princeton 08540. Donald L. Drakeman, president.

609-430-2880;

fax, 609-430-2850. Home page: www.medarex.com

Eli Lilly and Company has signed an agreement for Medarex to produce

fully human antibodies for various disease targets; Lilly will try

to develop these antibodies as therapeutic pharmaceutical products.

Medarex will get a fee for each target against which it raises an

antibody and could also receive license fee, payments, and royalties

when further progress is made.

The agreement, the 26th partnership for Medarex to make human

antibodies,

was signed November 6.

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Leaving Town

American ELTEC Inc., 2401 Windjammer Way, Las Vegas

89107. Janet Romano Ferris, manager. 609-452-1555; fax, 609-452-7374.

Home page: www.eltec.de.

Janet Romano Ferris, a "trailing spouse," has managed not

only to keep her job but is now working poolside from a home-based

office. Ferris has moved the United States sales office of a German

computer company from 101 College Road to Las Vegas. Currently, she

is working from her Nevada home, but by next month will have an

official

address.

She is the spouse of Harris Ferris, former general manager of the

American Repertory Ballet, now in a similar position at Nevada Ballet

Theater.

Janet Ferris went to the State University of New York at Buffalo and

worked in the banking industry before being hired as office manager

for the company based in Mainz, Germany, in 1996. Now she is both

office manager and sales rep. For clients such as Boeing, Lockheed

Martin, and the University of California, Eltec provides computer

hardware — circuit boards, embedded systems, and smart cameras

for manufacturing and research — for aviation and industrial

security

purposes.

Century Capital Associates LLC, 215 Morris Avenue,

Spring Lake 07762. Tom Gifford, vice president. 609-720-0500; fax,

609-720-0703.

After two years at Princeton Forrestal Village, Tom Gifford has moved

this office to Spring Lake. A Duke graduate, he does healthcare

investment

banking focused on the life science industry. The headquarters is

in Research Triangle Park.

Pronto Solutions LLC, 301 Oxford Valley Road, Suite

1721, Yardley 19067. Jolly Joseph Paily, president. 215-369-4500;

fax, 215-369-4704. Home page: prontosol.com

Citing Pennsylvania’s support of technology companies, Pronto

Solutions

has consolidated its 3,000-foot office on Franklin Corner Road and

in Pittsburgh to a 4,500 square foot space in Yardley, where 25 people

are working. In addition, 100 software consultants are doing offshore

development in Bombay.

Pronto recently landed a long-term contract for a web-based

information

system for Delaware’s department of natural resources. The firm offers

website designing, portal development, and web-based applications.

A computer engineer at the University of Bombay, Class of 1991, Paily

spent five years in technical jobs and then moved to business

development.

He moved to the United States in 1996, first as a founding member

and director of ERP services for a Pittsburgh consulting company,

United Breweries Information and Consulting Services, that went public

in 1997. Pronto was founded that year.

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Stock News

ITXC Corp. (Internet Telephony Exchange Carrier)

(ITXC),

600 College Road East, Princeton 08540. Tom Evslin, CEO. 609-419-1500;

fax, 609-419-1511. Home page: www.itxc.com

ITXC shares rose after a quarterly report showing 26 percent increase

in revenues over the previous quarter, a 259 percent increase over

last year’s results. ITXC is an international Internet telephony

services

carrier.

Pharmacopeia Inc. (PCOP), 3000 Eastpark Boulevard,

CN 5350, Princeton 08543-5350. Joseph A. Mollica, chairman and CEO.

609-452-3600; fax, 609-452-3672. Www.pcop.com

Phamacopeia’s stock jumped on Thursday, November 2, after quarterly

earnings were released. The results showed a revenue increase of 10

cents per diluted share versus two cents in the previous quarter.

It has patented chemical screening libraries for early drug testing

and development.

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Correction

Bovis Lend Lease Inc., 821 Alexander Road,

Princeton

08540. Stephen C. Steelman, executive vice president. 609-951-0500;

fax, 609-951-0038. Home page: www.bovis.com

The name of this company has changed from Bovis Construction (as

printed

on November 1) to Bovis Lend Lease. Last year it was acquired by Lend

Lease, an Australian-based company.

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Deaths

Joseph F. Wilson on August 31. He had been science and

mathematics editor at Princeton University Press and president of

Parallel Computing Development Corp.

Peter J. Giacomozzi on November 3. He had been chief of

police in Jamesburg.

Shanley E. Flicker, 82, on November 4. He was the former

president and vice-chairman of Homasote Co.

Elizabeth Eisenmann Petrillo on November 5. She was a

retired postmaster with the Kingston Post Office.

Brian R. Brooks, 49, on November 12. He worked at

Educational

Testing Service.


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