Status: Progress Made
Acting as an entrance to Princeton Township and Borough, the completion of Elm Allee occurred after finishing man-made Carnegie Lake. The roadway was lined with American Elms and is recognized today as one of the finest examples of planned town entrances. The Alley is threatened by the proposed expansion of Route 1.
0.7-mile long roadway bordered by 76 elm trees planed c. 1925 across from one another; line road entrance to Princeton university, township and borough; most extensive surviving elm allee in central NJ; resistant to Dutch Elm disease of 1930s; threatened by NJDOT project to reduce congestion in Penns Neck neighborhood; creation of bypass would violate landscape design integrity, destroy 15 elms and eliminate its use as historic highway.
Elm allee threatened with loss of integrity and partial destruction by DOT bypass construction. In the summer of 2000, the Governor ordered the DOT to perform a full environmental impact study on the site, which will include impacts to historic resources.
Susanne Hand, Kinsey & Hand
14 Aiken Avenue,
Princeton, NJ 08540