Real Estate Journal — Pennsylvania — January 16 - 29, 2015 — 9C


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TruBridge plans to invest more than $270,000 at the new site Mericle Commercial’s Namutka brokers 12,394 s/f, 100-job office lease at Schuylkill Mall

RACKVILLE, PA — TruBridge, a mobile, Alabama based com- pany that provides business, consulting, and IT services, has leased 12,394 s/f within the Schuylkill Mall, in Frack- ville. The former retail space is being converted to offices so that TruBridge can provide support to several healthcare clients. The project was announced by Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett who said Tru- Bridge plans to invest more than $270,000 at the new site and anticipates creating more than 100 jobs over the next three years. Lease negotiations were coordinated by Julia Namut- ka , sales and leasing Agent for Mericle Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc. , Wilkes-Barre. She thanked Michael Pearlstein of mall owner Empire Schuylkill LP for working hard to complete the transaction. Renovations are underway and the space will be ready for occupancy in early 2015. The company received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Eco- nomic Development that includes up to $306,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits. “We’re excited to have this expansion take place in Schuylkill County,” said Chris Fowler, president of TruBridge. “This move will allow us to not only help fur- ther stimulate the economy in Pennsylvania, but will also allow us to better meet the business needs of community healthcare organizations in this region.” Mericle’s Namutka, who serves as the leasing agent for the Schuylkill Mall, praised F BLUE BELL, PA — June P. Singh , Esq. has joined Kaplin Stewart in Blue Bell as an Associate in the Land Use, Zoning and Development group. Her practice focuses on the areas of zoning, land use, and development of commer- cial and residential real estate. She received her Juris Doctor- ate from Villanova University School of Law. Singh is licensed to practice law in both Pennsyl- vania and New Jersey. n Kaplin Stewart hires Singh as land use associate

the team effort that helped bring TruBridge to Schuylkill County. “Empire Schuylkill LP, the Governor’s Action Team, and the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) , all played key roles in making this project happen,” she said. Namutka said Frank Zu- kas and Brian Hansbury of SEDCO introduced the idea of moving into the mall to TruBridge executives. “Frank and Brian did a fantastic job,” she said. “They provided excel- lent service to TruBridge and we thank them for thinking of

the Mall during TruBridge’s site search.” Namutka said changing consumer shopping habits are forcing mall developers across the U.S.to think outside of the box when filling their vacant spaces. “Online retailing com- bined with next day and even same day product deliveries are having an impact on the traditional bricks and mortar retail model,” she said. “Even Black Friday sales are being impacted. We expect to con- tinue to see non-traditional uses for mall properties all across the country.” n

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