‘City Line’ Proposal Calls for 387 Units Around Former Hightstown Mill

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City Line At Hightstown Main And Bank Street
Main Street view. Rendering by Feinberg & Associates.

Plans for a major development and adaptive reuse project in a small Mercer County borough will soon be up for approvals.

A Red Bank-based company named 3PRC, LLC submitted an application covering multiple properties near North Academy Street, Bank Street, and North Main Street in Hightstown. The development, which is referred as “PRC Hightstown” in site plans and “City Line at Hightstown” on the municipal government’s website, would involve a total of 343 apartments along with 43 townhouses.

City Line At Hightstown Rendering 2
Rendering by Feinberg & Associates.

“The majority of the property is currently developed with dilapidated warehouse and industrial structures, associated parking and lawn areas,” according to an August environmental impact statement that was prepared by Maser Consulting for The PRC Group. “The majority of the dilapidated structures on site will be razed with the exception of two … former warehouse/industrial structures that will be retrofitted into apartment buildings.”

City Line At Hightstown Bank And Mechanic
Rendering by Feinberg & Associates.

If approved and completed, this project would consist of several components, according to site plans and a public notice. They include the 91-unit redevelopment of the Bank Street Brick Mill, the 59-unit redevelopment of the neighboring Bank Street Concrete Mill, the 43 “Brick Mill Townhouses,” and the construction of a new four-story 193-unit building with a 411-space parking structure.

City Line At Hightstown Rendering
Rendering by Feinberg & Associates.

The notice mentioned that the use of the four-story building could potentially be modified to remove 10 apartments in order to allow for a boutique hotel with 16 rooms or suites.

There are also plans nearby for a swimming pool, additional parking, and a “Yellow House Amenity Center” with a manager’s apartment, demonstration kitchen, and fitness center.

City Line At Hightstown Yellow House 2
Rendering by Feinberg & Associates.

An August traffic impact study from Maser Consulting indicated that “the applicant proposes to provide a shuttle service to/from public transportation facilities,” though it did not specify which facilities those would be. The closest train station to Hightstown is more than six miles away in Princeton Junction, while Suburban Transit provides commuter bus service between Hightstown and Midtown Manhattan.

City Line At Hightstown Yellow House
Rendering by Feinberg & Associates.

This matter is initially scheduled to go before the Hightstown Planning Board during a virtual meeting on Monday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. However, a letter from board secretary Sandy Belan noted that the hearing could continue on September 15 and 16 if needed.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Hightstown Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. What a nightmare…

    Is the goal of this project to cram more residential dwellings into 1/2 of a block than the entire amount of dwellings that already exist in this half of town?

    Also curious if it is being named “City Line” because we are trying to make it look like a NYC tenement? Because that’s what it looks like (or better yet, a prison)!

    May want to reconsider calling it Sardine Line, since this will certainly pack the people into this small space like sardines.

    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait for this to get approved!

  2. No the fire house will remain exactly where it is but the project will sit up against it. The developer is repaving and redoing the parking lot for the fire house. The developer also provided a secondary street access for the responding volunteers to get to the firehouse from Bank Street.

  3. It’s called City Line only because this is the developers branded apartment line. It’s has nothing to do with a city. I agree though the name definitely needs to be revised.

    This project sits on almost 11 acres so the density is actually pretty light. Looks like they have 40+ town houses which they could’ve put more apartments instead. This developer has started planning developing the lakefront as well which will add another hundred plus apartments and retail. This will change Hightstown dramatically but yes it’s a lot of people for a small town. I’d like that they are keeping the old historic structures and just renovating them.

  4. Talk aout OVER POPULATING a cute small town. Traffic, pollution, overcrowding, will be horrible, and for developers profit benefits?

  5. This is going to be great for our town’s little businesses. They’ve been struggling and an extra 400 or 500 people will definitely be a boom to all our retail businesses. With this being walking distance to everyrhing, we’ll finally get some revitalization to the run down factory warehouse.

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