Commerce on 206

New in Town

Expansions

Down-Sizing

Out of Business

Leaving Town

Deaths

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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the August 28, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Graves: Teapots To Police HQs?

First, a teapot. Now, a firing range? If the state continues

with its plan, the office of architect Michael Graves will design

a new professional training center and headquarters complex for the

New Jersey state police at the site of the existing headquarters in

Ewing. Designs by Michael Graves & Associates, in association with

STV Architects, were unveiled on August 23. The $125 million cost

would be funded through the State Building Authority.

As with a college campus, the new training center would include a

200,000 square foot building with classrooms and an interactive learning

center, plus dormitories for 200 recruits, dining hall, gymnasium,

pool, and an indoor firing range. It would have simulators for driving

and firearms training and various settings for tactical drills. Sixteen

of the old headquarters buildings, which date to 1921, will be demolished

and the remaining buildings will be augmented with new construction

to total 200,000 feet of office space. An emergency operations center

will also be located here.

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Commerce on 206

Two parcels totaling 9.69 acres at the corner of Route

206 and Cherry Valley Road were purchased for $1,750,000 to develop

a Commerce Bank and CVS drugstore. One two-acre piece of this site

used to be the Bahadurian Oriental rug firm, and the rest is undeveloped

land between Route 206 and Mount Lucas Road. Fronting on Cherry Valley

Road, it now holds two billboards.

"The agreement was signed in 1999 but it took a long time for

all the approvals, since it is in two townships and two counties,"

says Stephen M. Segal, who brokered the deal for both Princeton Cherry

Valley Properties LLC (the Mount Laurel-based developer for Commerce

Bank) and the sellers (Samuel Bahadurian and ABN Princeton Associates).

Site plans have been approved and construction should start in a couple of months.

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New in Town

American Logistics, 2 South Middlesex Avenue, Center

Point Industrial Park, Cranbury 08512. Tom Yoos, president. 609-655-0840;

fax, 609-655-0863. Www.americanlogisticsinc.com

A two-year-old logistics and warehousing company occupies 218,000

feet that formerly housed Wyeth-Ayerst. It is owned by partners Tom

Yoos, Timothy Fox, and Timothy Brennan.

Brennan is CEO of a sister firm, A-1 Pallet in Lumberton. Cushman

& Wakefield represented the landlord.

Homefix, 560 Lawrence Square Boulevard, Lawrenceville

08648. Richard Tibbetts Jr., vice president of marketing. 609-587-8000;

fax, 609-587-7788. Www.homefixcorporation.com

A branch office of a national remodeling company opened at Lawrence

Square Boulevard. It does windows, siding, roofs, and doors.

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Expansions

Alco Industries, 111 Melrich Road, South Brunswick

Industrial Park, Cranbury 08512. Robert Villanova, manager. 609-409-3365;

fax, 609-409-3352.

Earlier this year ALCO Industries bought a 240,000 square-foot building

in South Brunswick Industrial Park and plans to move there from its

current location in Edison (732-225-7200).

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Down-Sizing

Platypus, 32A Jefferson Plaza, Princeton 08540.

Jeffrey Schulman, owner. 732-274-9500; fax, 732-274-3366. Www.platypusonline.com

The headquarters office for Platypus moved from a 3,600 square-foot

warehouse at 118 North Center Drive in North Brunswick to a six-person

office at Jefferson Plaza. The company has six retail stores, including

one at MarketFair, which sell furniture, art, flatware, and dishes.

It decided to utilize public storage instead of maintaining its own

space.

Research 100, 3490 Route 1, Building 16, Princeton

08540. Mark H. Sandler, president. 609-924-6100; fax, 609-452-0138.

Home page: www.research100.com

After 30 years at Princeton Service Center, Research 100 closed its

doors. It has an operational web page, but the telephone has been

disconnected and no other number is available in directory assistance.

Last year the firm had 10 employees and expanded to 5,000 square feet

by installing new focus room facilities (U.S. 1, July 11, 2001).

The 12-person firm was founded in 1970 by Sandler’s father to offer

custom market research to manufacturers, advertising and service organizations.

Questions are being handled by John Crayton, a Moorestown attorney

with Crayton & Belknap.

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Out of Business

Neighborhood Housing Services of Trenton Inc.,

1018 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton 08629. 609-392-5494.

This nonprofit agency has closed down, with 15 loans totaling $125,000

outstanding. Established in 1978, the three-person agency depended

on donations from large corporations for 60 percent of its $200,000

budget, but such funds have dwindled in the past several years. Dedicated

to improving Trenton’s neighborhoods, it offered home ownership counseling

services, and low-interest home improvement loans.

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Leaving Town

Applied Industrial Technologies: New Jersey Rubber

Shop (AIT), 21 Englehard Drive, Monroe 08831. 609-409-1000. Www.appliedindustrial.com

The Englehard Drive location for this Cleveland-based firm, which

made rubber for conveyor belts, has closed. Calls are being taken

by a branch in Appleton, Wisconsin. The headquarters number is 216-426-4000.

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Deaths

Edmund B. Jones, 63, on August 17. He had owned Pennington

Auto Sales and been a professional photographer.

Joseph E. "Skip" Hensler Jr., 55, on August 17.

He worked for First Union Bank and at the former Lawrenceville Hardware

Store, which was owned by his father.


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