Capitol Plaza in Ewing

EWING, N.J.–A private nursing school has tripled its space at the Capitol Plaza retail center here, reflecting a trend of non-traditional tenants for retail sites, according to Levin Management, which handled the expansion lease.

The Center for Allied Health & Nursing Education, which plans a name change to Jersey College School of Nursing, is a post-secondary school that prepares students for careers in the nursing field. It first became a tenant at the Ewing retail plaza ten years ago, leasing 9,000 square feet.

The new lease with Levin, the leasing and management agent for the site, is for 30,000 square feet. The school expanded into contiguous space, including a unit formerly occupied by an auto parts store and a space at 1001 Spruce Office Center, which is part of the plaza.

“Our enrollment has grown significantly,” said Greg Karr, the school’s CEO, in a release. “We are a commuter school, and this property offers a number of advantages, including plenty of parking and attractive accommodations, not to mention the benefits of onsite retail and dining.”

Karr said the Ewing location is convenient for students coming from all over southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

Capitol Plaza is a 357,000-square-foot retail center,  with a tenant roster that includes a recently opened Planet Fitness and Marshalls, Save-A-Lot, Harbor Freight Tools, Forman Mills and American Furniture. Other national and regional retailers include Ashley Stewart, Kicks USA, Foot Locker and GNC. Capitol Plaza is also home to a U.S. Armed Forces Career Center.

The Allied center has expanded from an original campus in Hackensack to five East Coast locations. The Center has more than 1,000 enrolled students and 2,000 nurse graduates as of the end of the year.

“The Center for Allied Health Nursing is a great example of the many well-established Capitol Plaza tenants who have chosen to locate, stay and grow here,” said Michael Cohen, Levin’s vice-president of leasing. “The company’s commitment reflects the increased, industry-wide presence of ‘non-traditional’ tenants in retail environments.”

He described the expansion as a “win-win” for Capitol Plaza since it not only absorbs vacant space, but also will generate increased student traffic to support retailers.