HiTOPS, the Princeton non-profit that provides sex education and LGBTQ support to young people, has sold its Wiggins Street headquarters in Princeton to Mercer Oaks Realty, a commercial real estate company based in Ewing run by Aubrey Haines.
According to public records, the property located at the corner of Wiggins Street and Tulane Street sold for $1.82 million on Nov. 5.
Lisa Shelby, the executive director of HiTOPS, said profits from the sale will be used for programming.
“We’ll be in the building until the end of the year, though for the foreseeable future we’re all working remotely, and continuing to offer all of our programs and services virtually,” Shelby said. “We’re going to be making a decision about our next address over the next several months, taking the time to think strategically and creatively about our space needs.”
The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice is a tenant at HiTOPS and will be negotiating future lease arrangements with the new owner, Shelby told Planet Princeton.
HiTOPS has been located at 21 Wiggins Street for 33 years. In 2014, HiTOPS closed down its health center for teens and young adults, citing a drop in client numbers, along with changes in health insurance and the health care landscape.
In an email to supporters on Monday, Shelby said that after many months of reflection and deliberation, the leadership at HiTOPS decided that it was best to sell the building and use the money for programming. “The proceeds realized from the sale will enable us to expand the breadth and depth of our services for many years to come,” she said.