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					                                                                                                                                       Hampshire Cos. breaks ground on Centra

                                                                                           Governor Photos/Tim Larsen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Courtesy of Hampshire Cos.
                                                                                                                                       The Hampshire Cos. broke ground last week on Centra,
                                                                                                                                       the redevelopment of the former Siemens Corp. building,
                                                                                                                                       at 186 Wood Ave., in the Iselin section of Woodbridge. The
                                                                                                                                       Morristown-based real estate investor plans a gut renova-
                                                                                                                                       tion and expansion of the existing 98,500-square-foot fa-
                                                                                                                                       cility — which the company acquired from Siemens last
                                                                                                                                       year — to create a five-story, 105,000-square-foot Class A
                                                                                                                                       office building with floor-to-ceiling glass, sunken gardens,
                                                                                                                                       and amenities that include a café, a fitness center and con-
                                                                                                                                       ference center.
                                                                                                                                             Hampshire plans to seek LEED certification for the                                                     Centra will have floor-to-ceiling glass, sunken gardens and a café.
                                                                                                                                       facility, which is slated for completion in late 2010. Envi-
                                                                                                                                       ronmentally friendly features will include energy-efficient                                                      shire. The 19-acre Centra site also can accommodate the
                                                                                                                                       mechanical systems, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures                                                            development of an additional 640,000 square feet of space,
  Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal would reduce benefits paid to the uninsured.                                                          and recycled construction materials, according to Hamp-                                                          the company said. – Evelyn Lee

 Christie, Sweeney divide over tax increases                                                                                                Coastal had offered $316 mil-                                son, Roni Deutch will have represen-                                  made about business incentive pro-
                                                                                                                                       lion two years ago, lowering that to                              tatives at Nets Tax Night on March 5                                  grams, as well as whether the state
  GOv. CHrIS CHrISTIe and Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney are
                                                                                                                                       $270 million last year, but its latest                            to answer tax-related questions be-                                   would provide promised funding
  divided over whether to cut unemployment insur-
                                                                                                                                       offer is $75 million, a reflection on                             fore and after the Nets’ game against                                 for a proposed housing project in
  ance benefits — and, by extension, the tax increase
                                                                                                                                       Atlantic City’s real estate values and                            the Orlando Magic at the Izod Cen-                                    Elizabeth. – Andrew Kitchenman
  facing businesses.
                                                                                                                                       the state of the economy. – Shankar P.                            ter, according to the Nets. – Evelyn Lee
         Businesses would pay a smaller tax increase
  than projected under a proposal being put forward                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Christie orders end to state
  by Christie, according to Christie spokesman Michael                                                                                 New Jersey Nets teams                                             State confirms treasurer,                                             officials hiring lobbyists
  Drewniak, but Sweeney called the plan a “nonstarter.”
         Christie’s proposal calls for cutting the average
                                                                                                                                       with tax prep company                                             attorney general, others
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Gov. Chris Christie ordered an end
  UI tax increase to $130 per employee by reducing the Stephen M. Sweeney
                                                                                                                                       The New Jersey Nets said it has                                   State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-                                       to state authorities, boards and com-
  benefits paid to the uninsured. The maximum benefit paid per week would
                                                                                                                                       launched an alliance with Roni                                    Eristoff     was                                                      missions hiring lobbyists.
  fall from $600 to $550 per week, and the first week of benefits would be
                                                                                                                                       Deutch Tax Center, a tax prepara-                                 among a group                                                               Christie, who signed the execu-
                                                                                                                                       tion franchise company.                                           of cabinet offi-                                                      tive order Feb. 23, also barred these
         Without any changes, the average increase would be $400, according
                                                                                                                                             “We identified Roni Deutch as a                             cials who were                                                        bodies from paying severance pack-
  to the administration.
                                                                                                                                       company looking to grow in the New                                confirmed by                                                          ages to their workers and from paying
         “If you just support people who are unemployed, then they stay unem-
                                                                                                                                       York-New Jersey metro area,” said                                 the state Senate                                                      for more than $250 in travel for em-
  ployed, because they can’t find jobs” due to the high costs facing employers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         on Feb. 22.                                                           ployees and board members without
  Christie said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Sen-                                                         approval from the governor’s office.
                                                                                                                                                                                      NJBIZ file photo

         The proposal met a sharp response from th
Description: [Chris Christie] said he and Lt Gov. Km Guadagno have been disturbed by reports of how authorities have spent money.
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