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Hampshire opens new office in Metropark

The 110,000-square-foot Centra office property, in Woodbridge.

The Hampshire Cos. officially opened Centra, its new Class A office property, at 186 Wood Ave. South, in Woodbridge, last week. The Morristown-based real estate investment firm acquired the former Siemens property in 2009, and began construction in February 2010, stripping the building down to the steel, then rebuilding and expanding it by about 10,000 square feet.

The new 110,000-square-foot facility, situated on more than 19 acres, features floor-to-ceiling glass and amenities such as a fitness center, conference center and a café, according to the company.
Hampshire is currently in discussions with more than a dozen companies, including consulting, pharmaceutical and financial advisory firms, to lease space at Centra, said David Simson, vice chairman at Newmark Knight Frank, the real estate services firm marketing the property.

“We’re hoping to have announcements on two transactions in the next 30 days,” he said.
Centra is also certified Gold under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. The building is within walking distance of the NJ Transit Metropark train station, and located near the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, I-287 and Routes 1 and 27. –Evelyn Lee

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