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Open house planned on arts and transit neighborhood

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St.

An open house on the University's proposed arts and transit neighborhood is set for 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St. in Princeton.

Those attending will be able to view a model and visual displays and ask questions of the planning team, including representatives of Steven Holl Architects. A presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The creation of an arts and transit neighborhood that more fully integrates campus and community is part of the 10-year Campus Plan unveiled by the University at the beginning of this year. The event is intended to update the community on planning for the neighborhood that has evolved over the past several months.

This project is designed to support a significant expansion of the University's commitment to the arts, helping to achieve the goals of the creative and performing arts initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in January 2006. The area near the intersection of Alexander Street and University Place also would serve as a new gateway, with public plazas, cultural and retail spaces (including a relocated Wawa store), and reconfigured roads and transportation systems to improve traffic flow and transit connectivity.

Steven Holl Architects, an award-winning firm with extensive experience in the arts, has been selected to design the initial academic buildings for the neighborhood.

Those with questions about the open house may call the Office of Community and Regional Affairs at (609) 258-5144.

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