Special Olympics New Jersey: Mercer County Hosts a Celebration

June 25, 2014

Special Olympics with borderThis past week over 3,500 athletes competed in the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games, joined on the sidelines by their coaches, fans & families.

The games took place state-wide, with most of the events finding homes in Mercer County. Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, Peddie School, Mercer County Park, Rider University, The Hun School, The Lawrenceville School and Arm & Hammer Park all hosted athletic competition.

The Special Olympics have a clear mission:

“To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

That mission was successfully realized during the 2014 Summer Games. Mercer Oak Realty had the opportunity to donate to the games, and was even lucky enough to catch some of the Powerlifting event at The College of New Jersey where we met athlete Willie Diggins, a 46 year old powerlifter from Fayetteville, NC who was proudly handing out his trading cards after an impressive 3rd place victory the day before. In addition to hosting the event, New Jersey fared well in the medal count. Best of luck to all the athletes in their future competitions!

PrincetonSouth Welcomes Independent Travler

June 16, 2014

Leasing Continues at PrincetonSouth Corporate Center

The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor Inc., signs lease for 16,000 sf office

Mercer Oak Realty proudly welcomes The Independent Traveler©, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor© Inc., to the expanding tenant roster at PrincetonSouth Corporate Center. The corporate park has seen over 40,000 sf of new leases and expansions since the start of 2014.

The Independent Traveler publishes three online travel sites, including Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise review site and online cruise community.  The company also publishes Family Vacation Critic and IndependentTraveler.com.

“Choosing PrincetonSouth as our new location was an easy choice to make,” says Kathleen Tucker, President and Founder of The Independent Traveler, “The location is close to our current offices, right off of 1-95 and the high quality space with abundant natural light will create a very attractive work environment. As an expanding online publisher, future expansion possibilities and the ability to customize our new space to meet our specific needs were important considerations.”

100 & 200 PrincetonSouth Corporate Center boast 267,000 sf of Class “A” office space and are currently over 70% leased. The PrincetonSouth campus is located directly off of I-95 at Exit 4 in Ewing, NJ and is comprised of the multi-tenanted 100 & 200 buildings, 500 PSCC (Church & Dwight’s 250,000 sf HQ), 701 & 801 PSCC (FMC’s 112,500 sf R&D campus), and 300 & 400 PSCC (2 proposed built-to-suit sites for up to 350,000 sf). On site amenities include the full-service Gallery Café, fitness center, conference room and the 134 room Marriott Springhill Suites.

About The Independent Traveler, Inc: The Independent Traveler®, Inc., a publisher of online travel resources and travel forums, produces three popular travel sites: Cruise Critic®, the leading cruise review site and cruise community on the Web, Family Vacation Critic® a dedicated family travel site and IndependentTraveler.com®, one of the first travel sites on the Web, launched in 1990.  Together, these sites reach more than five million travelers each month, helping them to plan the best vacations, explore new places and share their experiences with other travelers. In 2007 the company was acquired as a subsidiary of TripAdvisor Inc. Cruise Critic, Family Vacation Critic, IndependentTraveler.com and The Independent Traveler are either trademarks or registered trademarks of The Independent Traveler, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


In the News: Week of June 1st

June 8, 2014
Hopewell Township: 200-acre Rezoning Critics Have Say
The possibility of a major change to the Valley’s landscape- construction of a large mixed-use development off the western side of Scotch Road, between I-95 to the south and Route 546 to the north will continue to be discussed at future Planning Board and Township Committee meetings. (read the full story on centraljersey.com here)


GE subsidiary to move jobs from Princeton, Piscataway

GE Healthcare Life Sciences confirmed today its plan to consolidate operations near Boston, which will impact many of its 400 New Jersey employees — including job loss for some. (read the full story on njbiz.com here)


West Windsor planning board OKs seven buildings at Carnegie Center

Earlier this month, West Windsor township’s planning board granted real estate developer Boston Properties approval to construct seven buildings on one of its Carnegie Center parcels off US Route 1. (read the full story on nj.com here)


REBA Breakfast: What is “Green” & Why You Should Know More About It

June 4, 2014

Come learn the basics of “green” building- what it is and how it may impact your and your clients business needs. Princeton Area residential & commercial companies share their success stories & lessons learned about one of the fasted growing trends in real estate.

On June 12th, Joshua Zinder (Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design), Vincent J. Scozzari (V.J. Scozzari & Sons) and Jon Jensen (MaGrann Associates) will speak during this Princeton Chamber of Commerce Real Estate Business Alliance breakfast.

Mercer Oak Realty’s team will be in attendance at the event to join in the discussion and are available to discuss how these green practices can help favorably shape your company’s real estate plan.

This is the Real Estate Business Alliance’s 4th event of the year- most recently the topic of GrowNJ Incentives was discussed. Earlier in the year the 2014 Real Estate Forecast was presented. We look forward to another informative discussion!

You can register for the event at the Princeton Chamber of Commerce’s website, here.

Event Details:
Thursday, June 12th 2014
7:45 am to 9:30 am
Nassau Club of Princeton
6 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Bristol-Myers Squibb details new plans for Lawrence property

June 2, 2014

Many plans have been made for a 75.4 acre piece of property on Princeton Pike at the intersection of I-95, but so far a giant oak tree has had the land all to itself. (read full story on nj.com here)