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State and Local Officials to Help The Hampshire Companies to Unveil CENTRA, New Jersey’s Most Anticipated Office Park in Woodbridge, N.J.

May 5, 2011, Grand Opening of New State-of-the-Art LEED Gold Certified Office Building is Unlike Any Other in the State
Woodbridge, N.J.

The Hampshire Companies, a full-service, private real estate investment firm with equity in assets valued at over $2 billion, has announced that it will hold a grand opening celebration at CENTRA, New Jersey’s newest and most anticipated business park, located at 186 Wood Avenue South in Woodbridge, N.J. on May 5, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Several state and local officials including Mayor John McCormac are expected to be in attendance along with many Woodbridge, N.J. business leaders, leading industry brokers and executives from Hampshire.

The Hampshire Companies acquired the former Siemens building in May 2009 and broke ground in February 2010 completely transforming and redeveloping the site by taking the existing building down to the steel, rebuilding it and expanding it by approximately 10,000 square feet. The new building of 110,000-square-foot is a Class A state-of-the-art office building with floor to ceiling glass, sunken gardens, and a full amenity package including a fitness center, conference center and cafe.

Situated on more than 19 acres, CENTRA is ideally located within the heart of Metropark, offering close proximity to New Jersey Transit, The Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, I-287 and Routes 1 and 27 and Newark International Airport. The state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified office building is ideal for global and local headquarter operations for a variety of industries.

“When the development of commercial space primarily halted across the state, Hampshire had the unique vision to act on this opportunity and deliver a 21st Century office environment in what is one of the most sought after office locations in the state,” said Todd Anderson, a Principal of The Hampshire Companies. “We have seen a wide variety of interest from companies looking to secure premier, headquarters quality space in a highly accessible location. We are grateful to Mayor McCormac and to the town of Woodbridge for its support of this project and we remain committed to providing tenants with premier, environmentally-friendly office space.”

Hampshire enlisted renowned architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC (KPF) to re-design the building. According to KPF Director and Senior Designer, Hugh Trumbull, “This gateway building sets the stage for a new corporate campus. It is also our attempt at finding a new paradigm for the suburban office experience – one which blends urbanism with the living landscape.”

Tishman Construction served as the general contractor for the project. David Simson and Jamie Drummond of Newmark Knight Frank are the exclusive leasing agents for the property.

This event is not open to the public. Members of the media should contact Tiffany Miller at tmiller@randjpr.com, 908-722-5757 ext. 106 (office) or 908-938-4964 (cell) to be added to the press list.

More information on CENTRA can be found online at www.centrametropark.com. Additional information on The Hampshire Companies can be found online at HampshireRE.com.

About The Hampshire Companies
The Hampshire Companies is a full-service, private real estate investment firm based in Morristown, N.J. The Hampshire Companies is a vibrant, dynamic organization that combines creative vision and superior execution, thereby enabling it to create and enhance value in real estate investments. Additional information on The Hampshire Companies is available online at HampshireRE.com.

Tiffany Miller
R&J Public Relations