Omar Boraie – Man of Action

Omar Boraie, otherwise known as Sam, is the most upbeat in regards to two things:

  1. His vision for New Brunswick, one he saw four decades prior, is proceeding to come to fruition.
  1. Furthermore, individuals no longer believe he’s insane for having it.

Omar, the pleasant 73-year-old president and patriarch of Boraie Development LLC, lets out a tummy giggle as he relates to every one of the skeptics that he’s confronted since choosing it was his fantasy to help remake New Brunswick – in a similar way he saw in Europe firsthand – when he was a voyaging researcher of science from Egypt.

“When we began here in 1972, it was horrendous,” he says. “You couldn’t stroll in the city after 4 p.m. Everybody had left the city. In any case, I thought, ‘This is a territory where we could accomplish something.'”

In an article on Patch, in those days, New Brunswick looked much different from the all-encompassing perspective that Omar has through his eighth-floor office on Albany Street today. Truth be told, the view didn’t exist by any stretch of the imagination. The building denoted his first incredible venture around the local area. In all actuality, he was later seen as a revolutionary.

The building, Albany Street Plaza Tower One, brought the city its necessary Class A office space, 250,000 square feet, amid the 1980’s and 1990’s. Tower Two — situated alongside Tower One — was finished in 2003, helping the city include more Class A office space. However, for the town to proceed with its development, Omar understood that it required some top-flight private units, so he imagined the New York City Style One Spring Street Condominium building.

According to NJBiz, a quarter century later, the tallest working in New Brunswick came about with its 121 private units, 40,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail, a 400-space parking structure and outside space for one to grill, walk his or her dog or simply meditate on life’s pleasures. Omar retained a great deal of converted nonbelievers. He obviously had the last giggle. The building, which was finished in 2007, sold out in two months.

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