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PSE&G, DEP Cooperate to Meet Princeton Library Deadline
Princeton Borough, NJ

PSE&G’s Princeton Gas Works site is the center of a major redevelopment plan to include a new public library, an atrium park, an apartment complex and a parking garage.

Working closely with NJDEP case managers Maria Franco-Spera and Matt Turner, PSE&G has worked aggressively to help Princeton complete the library project in a timely fashion. Operating the library from a leased location, there was considerable concern that construction be complete by the time the lease ended. “It looks like we will meet their deadline,” says Bruce Preston, PSE&G Manager of Environmental Projects and Technical Services.

A public project, the library has the support of both Princeton Borough and Princeton Township. According to Marvin Reed, who was mayor of Princeton at the time, “This project has been finished in record time - and greatly helped the community.” He also commended Turner Construction, who is building the library, and Nassau HKT Associates who will be developing the rest of the projects adjacent to the library.

According to Bruce Preston, “This project has been a winning solution for all parties involved. It’s been a pleasure to be able to support our customers in the Princeton area.” The library dedication is scheduled for late April 2004.

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Artist's design sketch of the project
Artist's depiction of the Princeton revelopment project.
Courtesy of the Princeton Library

Photo: The new library under construction.
The new library under construction.

See an aerial photo of the area in the mid-1990s. (PDF 1.03 Mb)