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History of the Property

The 653-acre property in West Windsor – often called the “former American Cyanamid site” because of that company’s decades-long presence there – today resembles a ghost town after having changed hands numerous times throughout the past 20 years. Once a bustling research and development complex, the property has undergone several transitions, most recently becoming part of The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2010.

Below, a look at the property’s transactions throughout the past two decades:


1950:American Cyanamid breaks ground on the West Windsor Agricultural Research Facility.
1994:American Cyanamid merges with American Home Products.
2000:American Cyanamid sells its agricultural division to BASF, a German chemical company.
2002:American Home Products changes its name to Wyeth.
2004:Wyeth leases the West Windsor property to BASF until their departure in 2004.
2004:The Rouse Company purchases the property from Wyeth, two months before merging with General Growth Properties (GGP).
2006:GGP reveals plans to develop the property with a mix of commercial and residential uses.
2007:Wall Street mortgage crisis begins.
2009:GGP files for bankruptcy protection.
2010:GGP emerges from bankruptcy in December, 2010. The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) is created as a separate spin-off of non-core GGP assets, including the former American Cyanamid property.
2012:Initial concepts for redevelopment of the site are presented beginning an extensive community dialogue focused on determining best potential uses and maximizing community benefits.
2013-2014:Extensive community input through a listening tour, including over a hundred meetings with residents, business owners and officials emphasizes community needs and elements designed to maintain and complement West Windsor’s unique character.
2014:Presentation to Township Council seeking designation of the property as an Area in Need of Redevelopment.
2015:Design and planning team develops and studies options to determine best site uses, amenities and community benefits mix.
2016:Elements including extensive green space, a village center, a school site, and recreational areas are incorporated based on community feedback, resulting in a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of the former American Cyanamid site.
2017:Conceptual plan filed.