Citizen astronaut sells Princeton development site


Dr. Greg Olsen, one of a handful of the world’s private
citizen astronauts, has sold the land he planned to develop before he went to

NAI Fennelly negotiated the sale of the 10-acres of undeveloped land at 3500 Route 1 in Princeton, N.J. for $3.2 million. Jerry Fennelly represented Olsen in the sale to Hix Snedeker Companies.


Olsen originally bought the site as part of an expansion
strategy for his Sensors Unlimited, a technology company he founded that was
housed in an adjacent building.  However,
Olsen sold Sensors Unlimited in 2005 and went on to become the third private
citizen to orbit the Earth after joining the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training
Center in Moscow, Russia. 

A Brooklyn-born engineer, Olsen later launched his own angel
investment company, GHO Ventures, and continues to perform speaking engagements
to encourage children – especially minority and female children – to consider
careers in science or engineering. He also is a physics professor at Rider

NAI Fennelly said Hix Snedeker, a commercial real estate
developer seeking to expand its national portfolio, plans to construct a
tractor supply store and extended stay hotel on the lot at 3500 US Route 1. 

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