A rendering of the soon-to-be upgraded façade at 30 Independence Blvd. in Warren — Courtesy: JLL
By Joshua Burd
The owner of a nearly 215,000-square-foot office building in Warren has hired JLL as its leasing agent at the property.
The real estate services firm announced that it will work on behalf of the landlord, Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II Inc., to provide marketing and leasing services at 30 Independence Blvd. Located off Interstate 78, the five-story complex is undergoing a series of upgrades aimed at drawing new users to what had been a single-tenant building.
The JLL team includes Timothy Greiner, executive managing director and head of agency leasing for JLL in New Jersey, along with executive vice presidents Dennis McConnell and Daniel Spero. They will work closely with Scott Tausk, managing director of asset management with Griffin Capital.
“This is a premium asset in one of the most sought-after interchanges (Exit 33) in Somerset County that offers abundant walkable amenities and a proven corporate address,” McConnell said. “Previously fully leased to Verizon, 30 Independence Boulevard is a Class A office building that has been maintained at a very high level of service by ownership. Griffin Capital has planned significant renovations to ensure its prominent status in the market going forward.”
Built in 1997, the property sits near the intersection of Martinsville Road and Independence Boulevard, offering immediate access to I-78 and proximity to Interstate 287 and the New Jersey Turnpike. Griffin Capital acquired the 213,257-square-foot building in October 2013 from Beacon Capital Partners L.P. and has now launched a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The upgrades, designed by Studio 1200, will include a new prominent branded entrance, exterior landscaping, expanded parking, a new lobby and grand staircase leading to a redeveloped amenity level. Fooda will provide food service, while the complex will also include a 100-seat conference center with and a fitness center equipped with Peloton fitness equipment and a golf simulator.