A developer is seeking to construct a residential development near an office park in suburban Mercer County.
JAS Homes, Inc. has plans to bring a 189-unit project to a property on Lenox Drive near Princeton Pike in Lawrence Township, between Trenton and Princeton.
A public notice on the matter states that 145 of the units would be “market-rate fee simple townhouse or condominium units” while there would also be “42 family rental affordable apartment units,” an apartment for maintenance staff members, and an apartment that would be used as a sales office.
Site plans refer to the project as “The Trail at Princeton Pike” and associate JAS Homes, Inc. with an address in Burlington County.
A September 9 letter from Lawrence Township municipal engineer James Parvesse noted that the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) runs through the area. Parvesse wrote that “the applicant shall make every effort to keep the LHT open during construction.”
A previous version of the proposed development called for a total of 223 residential units, according to Parvesse’s letter.
Back in May 2019, the Lawrence Historical Society posted a statement expressing concern over the version of the project at the time “due to the direct threat to the 1761 Brearley House and its associated archaeological site.”
The group wrote in part that “the proposed site plan for the Trail at Princeton Pike will displace the historic context of the house and end the treasured experience of stepping back in time” and that “while the Society objects to the current site plan, we do not oppose thoughtful development of the area and view such development as an opportunity for partnership.”
The current version of the plans is scheduled to go before the Lawrence Township Planning Board during a virtual meeting on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Lawrence Township Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.