Plans for 443-Unit Development Near Princeton Could Move Forward

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Woodstone At West Windsor
Woodstone at West Windsor. Property rendering via MidAtlantic Engineering Partners.

Nearly two years after being revealed, plans to construct a major new residential development could soon take shape on the outskirts of Princeton.

A project called Woodstone is planned for a 23-acre site in West Windsor Township that is owned by the Princeton Theological Seminary. According to a legal notice, the development proposal calls for a new community with 443 “luxury” apartments, 89 of which would be designated as “affordable housing.” All of the units would be within three-story and four-story buildings. Driveways, in-home garages, and parking lots would allow for 886 parking spaces to be provided on the premises for residents, and amenities would include a clubhouse with a “tot lot,” dog park, volleyball court, swimming pool, clubhouse, and bocce court. A bike shelter would also be installed on the site.

Records from the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District show that the new community could add 372 students to local public schools. The project has already been approved with conditions by the Mercer County Land Development Committee.

Currently, the property, which is located in the Princeton Junction section at 202-208 Loetscher Place and part of 202-401 Emmons Drive, is a largely vacant lot that is partially wooded. The site is situated adjacent to the seminary’s Charlotte Rachel Wilson Apartments and is within walking distance of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, the Windsor Green Shopping Center, and the MarketFair Mall. It is served by Princeton University’s free bus service.

The developer, Fairfield, Essex County-based Woodstone at West Windsor, LLC, is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with a minor subdivision and design waivers for “building distance, signage, roadway access width, site lighting, stormwater basin design, planting quantities, [and] pervious surfaces,” according to the notice.

Initially, the West Windsor Township Planning Board was scheduled to hear the proposal on March 21, but the meeting was suddenly canceled the day before. The meetings on April 11, 18, and 25 were also canceled by the Township. According to the planning board’s agenda archive, the application was heard during their May 9 meeting.

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