New Jersey TOD News
April 2007
Volume 3, Number 1


West Windsor Names Planner for Redevelopment, Public Workshops Begin

In November 2006, the West Windsor Township Council hired Hillier Architecture to guide redevelopment planning for the area surrounding the Princeton Junction station on the Amtrak/NJ TRANSIT Northeast Corridor rail line. This 350-acre area is marked by large surface commuter parking lots surrounded by isolated clusters of offices and residential neighborhoods. Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh endorsed Hillier, which is based in nearby Princeton, as the best choice for the project, citing the firm’s accessibility, flexibility, cost and scope of services, familiarity with the site, commitment to public involvement, and knowledge of transit-oriented development.

Recently, 400 residents turned out for the first of three public workshops where participants ranged from high school students to senior citizens. After a presentation by Robert Hillier, founder and principal of the firm, teams began working up wish lists of the characteristics and priorities they want in the new development. Two more public workshops have been scheduled for spring 2007.

Princeton Junction Parking at West Windsor
Courtesy of Hillier Architecture
Information about the redevelopment effort can be found at http://www.wwallaboard.org/
First Phase of Liberty Harbor, Jersey City, Now Under Construction

The long-awaited start of the award-winning Liberty Harbor TOD project, spanning 28 blocks in Jersey City along the north bank of the Morris Canal, has finally occurred. The developer announced that construction and marketing of the first phase, 667 condominium residences, is in full swing. The first closings are set for spring 2007 at prices from $300,000 to $1.75 million.

The product of noted New Urbanist designer, Andrés Duany, will eventually host between 9,000 and 10,000 new homes, 250,000 square feet of retail/office space, parks and civic uses. This new community will feature a variety of housing types and styles that are planned to merge seamlessly into the bordering historic Paulus Hook and Van Vorst Park neighborhoods. The project is anchored by two stops on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line, Jersey Avenue and Marin Boulevard, and is a five-minute walk to the Grove Street PATH station with service to New York City and Newark.

Liberty Harbor

This New Urbanist community is not only compact, walkable and transit-friendly, it features state-of-the-art “smart home” living. During pre-construction, the entire site was embedded with fiber to generate virtually unlimited bandwidth at all points. From a touch screen computer in each unit the owner can set controls for lighting, thermostats, security, appliances, etc. Through the Internet, these settings can be monitored from within or outside the home. For the convenience of residents and visitors, wireless capability will be available in all public areas throughout the site.

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