Omar Boraie: Developing New Brunswick
Over the summer in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the town was treated to some free movies provided by Boraie Development and The Provident Bank Foundation. In an article published on the New Jersey Stage website, the free movie series, which has been in the historic State Theatre, returns with an expanded lineup and the number of viewers expected to be over 7,500.
Boraie Development is a company that according to their website, provides services such as real estate development, property management, and sales/marketing for all areas of the urban real estate market. Led by headman Omar Boraie, the company has continued to build and develop the town of New Brunswick from relatively nothing to a thriving conglomerate. Back in the early 1970s, Omar had a vision for the city that had others questioning his sanity. He purchased numerous empty, abandoned buildings in the city limits and then went to city hall with a plan. While it was initially met with skepticism, it is now with full-fledged support.
But Omar Boraie is not the only one who should be taking the praise for the expansion of New Brunswick, according to Boraie himself. According to Central Jersey Working Moms, he also credits Johnson & Johnson President Dick Sellers for keeping the company in the city along with a multitude of other names and Rutgers University. Boarie wants to bring the wealth back into the city and hopes to attract the youth at Rutgers to stay after graduation instead of moving elsewhere. Check out Central Jersey Working Moms for more.
New projects like The Aspire, a 17-story residential high-rise, and the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative are some of the reasons New Brunswick will continue to grow. The redevelopment initiative is a bold plan with Boraie Development partnering with Rutgers University to build a brand new Quad-like area with new academic buildings and a new dorm for the students at Rutgers. Both of these projects will continue to grow the city by attracting the youth and the working business class. But the future does not stop with these two projects. Omar and his company are continuing to find and develop land in and around the city to create more buildings that are useful not only to the city, but to its residents and Rutgers.