Levin gutted part of the structure and created a separate, two-story arched entryway for the office component, which we named 1001 Spruce Office Center. Updated landscaping, new signage and dedicated parking further established a distinct corporate identity. We incorporated a new façade, first-class lobby and perimeter windows that flood the interior with natural light. We 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, and today Capitol Plaza is enjoying a wonderful life as a mixed-use development. Its office tenants enjoy on-site access to top retailers and services, including Planet Fitness, Marshalls, Dollar Tree, Forman Mills, Harbor Freight Tools, Wingstop, Save-A-Lot Supermarket, GNC and NJ’s first DD’s Discount, among others. These retailers, in turn, benefit from the locked-in business provided by the office tenants.
Our efforts were recognized by the Township of Ewing, which presented our team with a special “Good Neighbor” award, and by ICSC, which recognized Capitol Plaza with a MAXI Merit award for leasing support. Most importantly, Capitol Plaza is now positioned to hold its enviable competitive position for decades to come.
In 2016, Capitol Plaza was part of another exciting transformation as the first Levin property to “go solar.” Vanguard Energy Partners of Branchburg, N.J., a national solar construction firm, designed, installed rooftop solar panels at 1001 Spruce Office Center – and is now and maintaining and operating the system. From the start, the project has successfully increased efficiency and reduced annual utility costs by supplementing the building’s electric power with a clean, alternative energy source.