April 23, 2007
The University has unveiled a revised plan for the Alexander Street/University Place neighborhood that features a realigned intersection and an improved design that supports both the arts and the transit goals for the area.
The design is being developed as part of a two-year effort to create a comprehensive plan for the campus that will guide development over the next 10 years and beyond. The area, already home to the McCarter Theatre Center, is being considered as a location for various facilities the University will need to meet the goals of the new creative and performing arts initiative announced last year.
The intersection of Alexander Street and University Place would be reconfigured from a “T” with a traffic light to a roundabout to ease traffic congestion. Traffic lights would be installed south of the roundabout at a pedestrian crossing for Forbes College and at a roadway that would connect Alexander to a relocated Dinky station and the University’s Lot 7 parking garage, which currently can be reached only from Elm Drive. The plan also calls for other infrastructure improvements, including enhanced wayfinding and landscaping.
The plan includes relocating the Wawa convenience store and moving the Dinky station about 460 feet south. In its place would be a new public plaza surrounded by sites for academic programs in the arts, performance spaces and a satellite facility for the University Art Museum as well as for retail uses that would be open to the campus and Princeton communities.
The plan calls for the new Dinky station to provide such amenities as a heated/air-conditioned waiting area, restrooms and convenient access to coffee and newspapers. The area also would be designed to accommodate enhanced University shuttle service, a proposed community jitney service and potential bus rapid transit service. The new station would be due west of the Lot 7 garage. A relocated Dinky commuter lot south of the station also is included in the plan.
For more information about the University’s campus planning effort, visit the campus plan website at campusplan.princeton.edu/.