Washington Square Town Center on Hurffville-Cross Keys Road in Washington Township — Courtesy: Atkins Cos./Woodmont Properties
By Joshua Burd
A joint venture has secured a new retail tenant at a large mixed-use development in Gloucester County, inking a 5,400-square-foot lease with a regional retina specialist.
The developers, Atkins Cos. and Woodmont Properties, said Mid Atlantic Retina will open late this spring at their new Washington Square Town Center in Washington Township. The operator will join several other national and regional specialty health care tenants at the site, occupying part of a 10,000-square-foot standalone building along Hurffville-Cross Keys Road.
Mid Atlantic Retina has more than 20 locations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, while also operating four research centers, according to a news release. Its newest location is part of a 35-acre development that also includes 330 apartments, 100 townhomes, an assisted-living facility, a 40,000-square-foot medical office building and 30,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.
“The ongoing shift of health care delivery from an inpatient, hospital-centric model to an outpatient, community-focused system continues to create strong demand from health care users for both purpose-built medical office space and well-located retail spaces across our region,” said Bob Atkins, managing partner of Atkins Cos. “By locating these types of spaces directly in a mixed-use, multigenerational community as we have done at Washington Square Town Center, we have created a tremendous opportunity for health care systems and physician practices to strategically grow their regional footprints and increase access to care for the populations they serve.
“This latest lease showcases the continued strength of this type of project and we welcome Mid Atlantic Retina to our growing community.”
Completed in 2018, the property’s medical office building is currently home to Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, The Heart House cardiology group, Jefferson Health Outpatient Imaging and Advocare OB/GYN, the news release said. Atkins and Woodmont also recently converted one of the three planned 10,000-square-foot retail buildings to medical use, recognizing the unmet demand in the local market for such space.
Washington Square Town Center has also attracted traditional retail tenants such as Bison Coffee Company, Strive Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, PetCheck Animal Urgent Care and Lavish Nails & Spa.
“As we sought to continue to grow our services in southern New Jersey, we recognized that the Washington Square Town Center presented the ideal combination of location and adaptability that our team prioritizes,” said Rhonda Ceretelle, chief administrative and compliance officer of Mid Atlantic Retina. “We look forward to opening this new location and expanding our delivery of vital retinal specialty care to patients throughout the area.”