A land-use commission has dealt a setback to plans by a prominent academic institute in Princeton, to build housing on a privately owned portion of a Revolutionary War battlefield.

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The Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission voted 4-3 Wednesday to reject an application by the Institute for Advanced Study.

The private institute where Albert Einstein worked wants to build faculty housing on the property. The land is part of the Princeton Battlefield, where George Washington defeated the British in 1777.

The site is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of most endangered historic places.

The Princeton Battlefield Society, which has fought the development, said Thursday the project is now dead.

But institute spokeswoman Christine Ferrara tells The Times of Trenton the institute is not ready to throw in the towel.

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