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  • Glenn Williams
    Jan 18, 2014
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      PRINCETON: Canal board blocks IAS housing plan
      The Institute for Advanced Study, seeking to build 15 units of faculty housing on part of the historic Princeton battlefield, was dealt a major setback Tuesday by a state regulatory agency.
      DATE POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:32 PM EST
      By Philip Sean Curran, Staff Writer



         The Institute for Advanced Study, seeking to build 15 units of faculty housing on part of the historic Princeton battlefield, was dealt a major setback Wednesday by a state regulatory agency.

         The Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission, after a hearing, voted 4-3 not to grant a waiver for a project that would have encroached on a stream corridor. The stream runs through the property and goes into the Stony Brook, which then goes into the Raritan River.

         Bruce I. Afran, attorney for the Princeton Battlefield Society, said the decision means the institute’s project is “dead.”

         ”It’s a major, major decision in favor of preservation,” he said.

         The institute said it was considering its options. One possibility is to appeal to a state appeals court.

      Dear Friends and Fellow Historians,
       
      It looks like the Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) has won its fight for keeping the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) from building faculty housing on historically significant land - the sight of the most decisive fighting on January 3, 1777 - which lies outside the state battlefield park boundary! Members of the PBS filed a wetlands complaint against the IAS waiver request to build on land within the jurisdiction of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission (DRCC).  Based on the legal arguments presented by the PBS complainants, DRCC denied the waiver that the IAS had applied for to build.
       
      As a member of the board of trustees for the Princeton Battlefield Society, I would like to put the news in context.  First, however, those of you on the list who may have donated to the PBS legal defense fund that helped make this possible - Thank You!
       
      This has been a long and tough struggle.  Not unlike George Washington and the Continental Army in the retreat from New York and across the Jerseys in late 1776, we received a number of setbacks along the way - such as the regional planning commission ruling against historic preservation in favor of the housing project.  The DRCC hearing can therefore be equated to Washington's counterattack of January 3, 1777, the culmination of the "ten crucial days" that started with his crossing the Delaware on December 26, 1776, that saved our nation's recently declared independence 
       
      The DRCC is a land-use regulatory program that must approve projects of any size proposed for that area that is within 1,000 feet of the D & R Canal. Each project is reviewed for its visual impact on the D & R Canal State Park. The Commission also reviews large projects that are within one mile of the park for their traffic impact, and requires the preservation of corridors along the major streams that enter the park.
       
      Again, thank you all for your support.  As the IAS may have another trick up its sleeve, we must remain vigilant, and not let our guard completely down yet.  See how you can help at: http://www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com/  But for now ....

      Huzzah!

      Glenn
       
      On 01/17/14, NJAmerRevRT@... wrote:
       
      FYI
      After a prolonged fight by the Princeton Battlefield Society - they won the fight to  preserve the Princeton Battlefield.
      The PBS is a member of the NJARRT.     Congratulations to Gerald Hurwitz,Esq.,   Kip Cherry and William Marsch for their tireless work.
       
      Rich Rosenthal
      Secretary, NJARRT
       
      PRINCETON: Canal board blocks IAS housing plan
      The Institute for Advanced Study, seeking to build 15 units of faculty housing on part of the historic Princeton battlefield, was dealt a major setback Tuesday by a state regulatory agency.
      DATE POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:32 PM EST
      By Philip Sean Curran, Staff Writer


         The Institute for Advanced Study, seeking to build 15 units of faculty housing on part of the historic Princeton battlefield, was dealt a major setback Wednesday by a state regulatory agency.

         The Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission, after a hearing, voted 4-3 not to grant a waiver for a project that would have encroached on a stream corridor. The stream runs through the property and goes into the Stony Brook, which then goes into the Raritan River.

         Bruce I. Afran, attorney for the Princeton Battlefield Society, said the decision means the institute’s project is “dead.”

         ”It’s a major, major decision in favor of preservation,” he said.

         The institute said it was considering its options. One possibility is to appeal to a state appeals court.