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News & Notes: Local claim against AvalonBay dismissed

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson dismissed a claim against real estate developer AvalonBay on Tuesday, the Trenton Times reported. A citizens’ group called Association for Planning at Hospital Site had gone before Judge Jacobson with the claim that AvalonBay, which hopes to convert the former Princeton hospital on Witherspoon Street into housing, had not properly addressed issues of dust levels, asbestos and medical waste disposal.

The Association for Planning at Hospital Site argued against AvalonBay on the grounds that new development in the area needs to be more responsible. AvalonBay’s plan would replace the hospital site with 56 new housing units, some apartments and some town houses.

After Princeton’s residents pushed for the town to hire an independent specialist to determine the contamination level of the site’s soil, the council unanimously passed a resolution to hire Ira Whitman, an independent consultant.

“We want to make sure we get a full analysis from him,” Mayor Liz Lempert said.

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