The site where General George Washington won a pivotal fight with British troops during the Revolutionary War could soon be up for development.
Update, Friday, 11:30 a.m.
Princeton Planning Board director Lee Solow says the application by the Institute for Advanced Study passed in a meeting Thursday night to construct 15 residential units.
Solow says the board will now draft a resolution of adoption within the next 30 days before a building permit can be applied for by the Institute.
The Princeton planning board considered a decision to allow for faculty housing on seven of the 21 acres of the land owned by the Institute for Advanced Study, where Albert Einstein worked.
Although the land is owned by the institute, WHYY reporter Peter Crimmins reports a compromise was put together by two historians and then adopted by the institute. The plan would take out a line of trees that represents the border between the public battlefield park and the institute’s privately owned land and would place 14 acres of the institute’s land into a conservation easement.
Some preservationists, however, dislike the compromise and say they would prefer to see no development whatsoever on the location.
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