As the president of Boraie Development LLC, Omar Boraie is a 74 year-old business man who has weathered many storms and came out unscathed. When he started his latest project, a luxury high rise building on Somerset Street in New Brunswick, he had many people who doubted his ability to bring his dream to fruition. A vision that he had nearly four decades ago is still taking shape, but thing are closer now to completion and he is optimistic for the future.
A traveling scholar from Egypt, Omar Boraie watched Europe be rebuilt and had the same visions for the New Brunswick area. It was hard to be the only one with real vision and making the people see what he saw was a difficult task. However, people no longer think his visions are far-fetched. As the luxury housing finishes, it will provide a new structure to help along the revitalization of the city.
He started renovation on the cities structures back in 1972. Boraie recall days when the only thing left was crime and menacing. Everything that was good had left the city, and it was not safe to walk down the streets after 4 pm. Though business developers had left the area in droves, he saw what others couldn’t; there was potential here. He said the panoramic view from his office on the eighth floor today isn’t the same. In fact, Albany Street wasn’t even in existence back then. This is another new road that he has added since he began his mission. This was a great first project for restoring this town.
With so much to do, it had to be overwhelming. Omar Boraie started by purchasing the 21 different buildings that were dilapidated. His associates through he was crazy, but he had a plan. He went to the city to pitch his vision for the future, but they though he was insane. Down but not out, he pushed forward against much opposition. In 2003, he completed Albany Street Plaza Tower One. This provided the city with office space that was top notch and was much needed. It was a massive 250,000 square feet. Tower Two came along in 2003 and added additional office space. Though the office complexes added much to the town, it was imperative that nice residential units be added. Omar Boraie wanted to bring New York City to New Brunswick. That came along with a 25 story building that had 121 residential units.
As he looks upon his completed project with glee, he laughs in the face of opposition. Brick by brick and stone by stone, he has helped rebuild this town into what it always should have been.