Since the beginning of our campaign we have had some success in our efforts to prevent residential construction on a pristine tract of land associated with the Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton. The threatened Princeton Battlefield remains undeveloped today as a result of dedicated local preservationists, thorough environmental review and several important legal victories.
However, these results are in serious jeopardy because of a recent reversal from the Delaware Canal and Riparian Commission. Twice before, the commission had denied applications from the Institute of Advanced Studies because of adverse impacts to sensitive wetlands on the site. In February the commission reconsidered its previous decision, without a new application, and approved the Institute’s plans. This approval clears one more important hurdle for the Institute. The Princeton Battlefield Society is appealing this decision.
We continue to consult with the Princeton Battlefield Society in their ongoing litigation and efforts to permanently protect this portion of the battlefield. For continuing information and updates on the battlefield please see the Princeton Battlefield Society’s website.
For updates on the latest decision by the commission see these stories:
- Battlefield Society Will Appeal “Illegal Do-Over”
- In Princeton, a court appeal over future of old battlefield
- Battlefield Society to appeal Institute plans to build faculty housing
- Princeton Battlefield serves as backdrop for new national initiative to preserve historic battlefields
Thank you for your support of our efforts to preserve this hallowed ground.