Capitol Plaza in Ewing, N.J. fell on hard times when thoroughfare traffic was permanently diverted from its main road and its two-story anchor tenant went bankrupt. For several years, a flea market served as the center’s anchor. A multi-million-dollar renovation brought in a new anchor, but a significant amount of the space remained empty – on the second floor. Levin’s creative solution involved converting the second-story vacancy to office space and leveraging the appeal of a mixed-use environment.
The Levin Solution
Levin gutted part of the structure and created a separate, two-story arched entryway for the office component, which it named 1001 Spruce Office Center. Updated landscaping, new signage and dedicated parking further established a distinct corporate identity. Levin incorporated a new façade, first-class lobby and perimeter windows that flood the interior with natural light. The firm also upgraded internal systems to include state-of-the-art HVAC, electrical systems and communications capabilities for high-tech users.
In the desirable Mercer County office market, the 70,000-square-foot 1001 Spruce Office Center proved to be highly marketable. Today the 360,000-square-foot Capitol Plaza continues to enjoy success as a mixed-use development with top retailers and services that include Planet Fitness, Marshalls, Dollar Tree, Forman Mills, Harbor Freight Tools, Save-A-Lot Supermarket, and Wingstop, among others. With office tenants on-site, these retailers benefit from a “built-in” clientele.
As an illustration of our commitment to sustainability, we completed the installation of rooftop solar panels at 1001 Spruce Office Center, designed to increase efficiency and reduce annual utility costs by supplementing the building’s electric power with a clean, alternative energy source. Capitol Plaza is well positioned to hold its enviable competitive position for decades to come.
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