No Housing for Hughes Tract

Atlantic Realty has no plans to build houses on the Howard Hughes tract, a 558-acre property on the corner of Route 1 and Quakerbridge Road.

That’s what the developer, who purchased property last year, is telling West Windsor Township officials.

Atlantic purchased the tract — the former American Cyanamid site — from the Howard Hughes Corp. for $40 million in October.

Before its sale, the tract was the subject of an ongoing lawsuit by Howard Hughes against West Windsor, challenging its zoning. The developer was pushing a plan to build a mixed-use project with up to 2,000 residential units, retail businesses, and commercial offices.

The property is one of the largest contiguous undeveloped parcels on the East Coast and has sat vacant since 2004.

The township is currently in the process of approving an amended master plan. West Windsor Mayor Hemant Marathe said Atlantic is looking at uses that are consistent with the new master plan.

Those uses include research and development labs and pilot plant facilities; corporate and professional offices; data processing and computer centers; limited manufacturing; warehousing; distribution centers; conference centers; hotels; banks; limited retail establishments; health clubs, fitness centers, and indoor-outdoor recreation centers; veterinary offices; urgent care and out-patient surgical facilities; and gas stations with convenience stores.

The master plan also recommends that no more than 150,000 square feet of retail space be permitted on the tract, and that big-box retail and strip retail developments “are strongly discouraged in this district.”


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Vincent ‘Jim’ Esposito, 101, on February 19. He opened his first service station when he was 19 on Bayard Lane. Together with his brother, Joe, he opened a second service station in 1946 on Witherspoon Street called Esposito Brothers. He sold the station to the Princeton Packet in 1980 and in retirement worked for many years at the Chamber Street Parking Garage, retiring at age 97.

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Richard C. Guinta, 78, on February 9. Together with his wife, Virginia, he established a court reporting firm, running it until his retirement in 2010.

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Gordon C. Strauss, 81, on February 13. He practiced law in Prince­ton for 40 years.

John Clarence Zahner, 85, on February 6. He worked for Mobil Central Research Laboratory and Engineering Department. His name appears on 19 patents. He also taught a course on process engineering at Princeton University.

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