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Brandywine Buys New Home for CUH2A
Brandywine Realty Trust has bought 1000 Lenox Drive, the building that currently houses Highlands Insurance Group, and will lease it to CUH2A. Brandywine is a full-service real estate investment trust that owns 270 properties with 21 million square feet. It paid $7,575,000 for the property, including the 52,000 square foot building plus developable acres. Highlands has ceased writing insurance policies and is in a reorganization period.
John R.A. Scott, president of CUH2A, says his firm will move to Lenox Drive in November, 2003. CUH2A currently occupies 60,000 square feet at 211 and 104 Carnegie Center. The move, he says, will help eliminate space redundancies, but the staff size (288 here, plus those at offices in Atlanta, Chicago, and London) will remain the same. CUH2A does architecture, planning, and engineering (www.cuh2a.com).
Suite 102, Lawrenceville 08648. George D. Sowa, vice president.
609-895-9595; fax, 609-895-9899. Home page:
For the Disabled
Among the careers that will always be in demand, even
in a recession, are those that involve caring for people with
Allies Inc., a young organization that supports individuals with
disabilities, has expanded from 900 feet in Robbinsville to 2,200
feet on Route 33.
Allies Inc. was founded by Krystal Odell, who had been chief operating
officer of Community Options, the Farber Road-based company with
goals. Several of the officers at Allies, including vice president
Elise Gambino, had also worked at Community Options. Odell is an
of Seton Hall, Class of 1979, and has a master’s in education and
counseling from Rider. When she left Community Options it was to be
the director of the New Jersey Division on Disability, and she left
that post in 1999 to found this agency.
Allies receives state funds to support 140 people in 47 residential
programs — group homes, supervised apartments, and supportive
living, 47 programs. Another supports the employment of 40
In addition to the 20 people who work from the headquarters office,
the agency employs about 120 field workers.
Square 08619. Krystal Odell, president. 609-689-0136; fax,
Shopping Center, Princeton 08540. James Lee, co-owner. 609-924-8544;
The digital photography company, new at the shopping center, provides
an assortment of services for both the business and the individual.
These include graphic design, art reproduction, digital editing, and
portrait and event photography. Founded in 2002 by co-owners James
Lee and David Chambers, the company hopes to expand its staff size.
Business Park, Hamilton 08691. 609-890-0036; fax, 609-890-2415.
In August Insulation Contractors moved to Hamilton Business Park.
The firm declined to give further information.
Suite C-4 Princeton Professional Park, Princeton 08540. Jo Ann
executive director. 609-921-0200; fax, 609-799-7647. Home page:
Road, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-799-6700; fax, 609-799-7647.
The Learning Center has opened a second location on Princeton
Road. It offers supplemental and enrichment instruction to students
from age five through adult.
Drive, Suite 204, Lawrenceville 08648. Stephen A. Somers PhD,
609-895-8101; fax, 609-895-9648. Home page: www.chcs.org
The Center for Health Care Strategies will partner with Children’s
Futures in assisting Trenton-area hospitals and health clinics improve
the quality of prenatal care.
The three-year project, Improving Maternal and Newborn Health Care
in Trenton, will be conducted by CHCS’ Best Clinical and
Practices initiative. CHCS is a nonprofit that administers health
care programs, principally funded by the Robert Wood Johnson
president. 609-393-5656; fax, 609-393-9513. Home page:
Isles has received a $639,000 grant from the Community Housing
Organizations program of the New Jersey Department of Community
The grant will help to rehabilitate Bellevue Court, a 22-unit home
ownership project. Along with the Isles grant, the city of Trenton
received a $660,313 grant from the State Balanced Housing Neighborhood
Preservation program for the same purpose.
The Trenton-based agency promotes self-sufficiency in distressed
through its affordable housing, job training, community gardens,
restoration, and urban environmental education programs.
Drive, G-40, West Windsor 08550. Stewart Lapidus, owner. 609-520-0777.
The 16-year-old commercial printing company moved from 7 Deer Park
Drive in Monmouth Junction to 29 Emmons Drive in West Windsor.
to owner Stewart Lapidus, the company moved in order to get closer
to its Princeton-area customer base. Lapidus says he started the
in 1986, when he owned Creative Coupons in South Brunswick, so that
he would no longer have to send out for his own printing. The new
location is the same size, roughly 1,400 square feet, with no change
in staff size.
Robbinsville 08691-1603. Ron Kocheran, vice president. 609-259-6888;
fax, 609-259-6885. Home page: www.nncrew.org
The 12-year-old company moved from 182-H Ridge Road in Dayton to North
Gold Drive and has a new phone and fax. It distributes flexible
films and machinery.
08561. J.F. Heinz, owner. 609-448-3400; fax, 609-448-0684.
Founded in 1986, the commercial printing and desktop publishing
moved from 2025 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, to 1274 Route 130
in East Windsor. Owner J.F. Heinz cited financial reasons for the
move, with their 1200 square feet of space and staff size of three
08619. Norm Mayfield, president. 609-448-0200; fax, 609-448-1195.
Home page: www.ashlor.com
The cabinetry company has moved from 5,000 feet at Windsor Industrial
Park Hamilton. It does cabinet refacing, custom counter tops,
windows, and remodeling.
Center, Suite 411, Hamilton 08690. James R. McCagg II, president.
609-587-6742; fax, 609-586-0639.
Last spring the construction company moved from Lexington Square
to Golden Crest Corporate Center. The company specializes in custom
East Brunswick 08816. 732-937-9600; fax, 973-539-1666. Home page:
The world’s largest computer training and support firm has reorganized
and closed its Tower Center office in East Brunswick. Training
are being handled through the Mount Laurel office. Most of the Central
Jersey business, says Andy Atkins, chairman, is from Fortune 1000
companies that need onsite training.
Executrain’s managers bought out the company, which had been sold
to Boston-based IDG in the early 1990s. "Such buybacks by
owners are rare, and in terms of company size and high awareness of
the ExecuTrain name, this is one of the most significant," says
the press release that told of the buyback.
"We hit 2001 and that changed a few things," says Atkins.
"I brought back the founder, Mike Addison, and Ray Kelly is the
CEO. We have 100 locations in the United States and 230 offices in
35 countries worldwide." Founded in 1984, ExecuTrain is
in Alpharetta, Georgia, and has trained more than 10 million people
1 Mall Drive, Suite 500, Cherry Hill 08002. Allan Smith, branch
609-671-1080; fax, 856-667-0933. gateway-funding.com
The mortgage company has moved from 1230 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, to
fax, 732-296-1277. Www.westaff.com
The temporary staffing service closed an office at 123 Franklin Corner
Road and business is being handled from East Brunswick.
director at Mather Funeral Home, now known as Mather-Hodge Funeral
Home on Vandeventer Street.
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