Omar Boraie – A Man With A Vision

Four decades ago Omar Boraie had a vision. He wanted to rebuild New Brunswick and turn it into a vibrant community people would be proud to be a part of. And while many thought his idea was crazy, he didn’t let that stop him. He pushed forward and now his vision has become a reality.

In 1972, when Omar and his crew first started working on this project, New Brunswick was a ghost town. While people would come into the city to work, they would immediately leave at the end of the day. After 4pm there was literally no one on the streets.

To get the ball rolling Omar started buying dilapidated buildings one after the other. By the time it was all said and done, he owned over 20 buildings including Albany Street Plaza Tower One.

After Tower One was renovated it provided the city with over 200,000 square feet of class A office space. By 2003 Tower Two, which is located right next to Tower One, was completed and provided even more office space.

While this gave the city a huge boost, Omar knew he needed to provide top of the line residential units if he really wanted to take things to the next level. So that’s exactly what he did.

He took one of the old dilapidated buildings on One Spring Street and turned it into 121 residential units along with office space, retail space, a parking garage and functional outdoor space.

It was a New York Style high rise building right in the center of downtown New Brunswick. It was such a hit in the community that is old out in 2 months.

Its safe to say what Omar Boraie has been able to do in New Brunswick is nothing short of amazing. Though it took 10 years, his dream of revitalizing New Brunswick has now come to pass.

And the best part is he’s not done yet! Just imagine what New Brunswick will look like in another 10 years. I think its safe to say Omar has turned all of us into believers.

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