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Vol. 111, No. 12

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New apartments planned for Hibben-Magie site

By Brett Tomlinson
Published in the May11, 2011, issue


In April, the University announced plans to dismantle the Hibben and Magie apartments and build a new housing complex for graduate students, comprised of smaller structures but capable of housing 200 more residents. Construction is expected to begin in June 2012 and end in time for students to move in during the summer of 2014.

The new apartments, designed by the Phoenix-based firm Studio Ma, are intended to blend with the sloping woodland site near Lake Carnegie. Plans include a “commons” facility with social spaces and a small fitness center.

American Campus Communities (ACC), a collegiate-housing specialist, is serving as the project developer. John Ziegler, the University’s director of real estate development, said that ACC has surveyed students and studied their housing wants and needs.

The expanded capacity at Hibben-Magie will eliminate the need for the 301 apartments at the Butler tract, near Harrison Street. Those units, built as temporary housing shortly after World War II, will be taken down, according to Andrew Kane, director of housing and real estate services. There are no immediate plans for the site.

With more than 700 bedrooms at the new Hibben-Magie and others nearby in the Lawrence Apartments and the Graduate College, nearly all of Princeton’s graduate-student housing will be concentrated in the same portion of campus.

“Building community is something that the graduate students care about, and I know that the dean of the graduate school cares about,” Kane said. “You can’t necessarily manufacture that, but having people living in places where they’re going to see one another and interact informally helps.”

During construction, some graduate students will live in the Stanworth Apartments north of campus, now occupied by faculty and staff. The University has provided incentives to current Stanworth residents to help them move to rental properties in the area, according to Kane.
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3 Responses to New apartments planned for Hibben-Magie site

Ranjan Pal *84 Says:

2011-05-09 16:49:44

I understand the need for building more of a graduate student community, but I feel sad that Butler will go. It was so much a part of my life during my second year at Princeton in 1983-84 - my roommate Arunava Sen, who was a Ph.D student in the Econ. Dept., and I had the farthest cornermost unit at 228C Halsey St. I have so many fond memories of the place and the dinner parties we had there.

Philip Binning *94 Says:

2011-05-10 09:13:22

20 years ago when I was a Princeton grad student, people talked about pulling down Butler and building some decent housing for grad students. So this is a great initiative. I am also glad that strengthening the grad student community is a priority. But I can't say I like the new building. It looks like a prison. Why are the windows so small? Are bigger windows too expensive? It is not at all a welcoming-looking building. Philip Binning (once a resident of the low-rise part of Lawrence Apts.; they were great!)

Larry Butler *85 Says:

2011-05-10 09:14:41

Nothing but wonderful memories of Magie during the two years we lived there -- made lifelong friends with neighbors.
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