Sam Boraie and Boraie Development: Helping New Brunswick One Building at a Time

Spend enough time in New Jersey, particularly in New Brunswick, and more likely than not, you’ll start hearing the name “Sam Boraie.” Sam Boraie is the Vice President of Boraie Development, an urban real estate development company centered in New Brunswick, New Jersey and expanding across the state. Plenty of articles have been written about the beauty and luxury of Boraie Development’s buildings, but there is more to the company—and more to Boraie himself—than just a nice-looking product: Boraie Development is increasingly becoming an integral part of New Brunswick’s—and New Jersey’s—community revitalization and redevelopment.

For instance, in 2013, Boraie built One Riverview at Rector Street, which was Newark’s first high-rise residential project in more than fifty years. This particular building was especially important to the community: Sam Boraie partnered with international basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, who grew up in Newark, to construct the building. O’Neal joined with Boraie to give back to the community, and One Riverview has certainly been a success in that department: the building is now known as part of an incredible neighborhood transformation.

Newark isn’t the only city that’s been transformed for the better by Boraie’s buildings. In 2015, Boraie Development completed The Aspire, a luxury rental tower in New Brunswick. This building has been praised for its cool, modern look, designed to attract the growing population of young renters in the city—but The Aspire has done more than just attract a new renter market. Located in a neighborhood of trendy restaurants, clubs, and theaters, The Aspire’s new renters have helped revitalize the heart of New Brunswick, further contributing to the city’s redevelopment efforts. Boraie also has new commercial residences on the horizon, promising further redevelopment for the city in the future.

But Boraie hasn’t only helped the community through real estate development. Boraie is also on the Board of Trustees of New Brunswick’s Historical State Theatre, a well-known landmark in the city. The Theatre puts on many events that contribute to the cultural development of New Brunswick, including concerts, plays, ballets, and other shows. Boraie Development specifically has sponsored the State Theatre’s annual Free Summer Movie Series. This series has featured fan-favorite movies like Frozen, E.T., Babe, and Despicable Me 2. But the Free Summer Movie Series is great not just because of its entertainment: it unites the community once a week, allowing people from different backgrounds to come together at one of the community’s most historic venues. And as Boraie’s Vice President has said in the past, the company is “proud to sponsor this wonderful event.”

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Finally, Boraie is on the Advisory Board for Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick-based charity. As their website’s mission statement says, Elijah’s Promise uses food “as a tool for change,” aiming to end hunger through “promoting good food for all, providing education and job training for the food industry, and creating social enterprise food businesses that help build a better world.” Elijah’s Promise makes its mission statement a reality through a variety of local community programs in New Brunswick, including providing a soup kitchen and community garden. Again, these are things that greatly benefit the community—and are made possible in part by Sam Boraie and his company.

Spend enough time in New Jersey, particularly in New Brunswick, and more likely than not, you’ll start hearing the name “Sam Boraie.” Sam Boraie is the Vice President of Boraie Development, an urban real estate development company centered in New Brunswick, New Jersey and expanding across the state. Plenty of articles have been written about the beauty and luxury of Boraie Development’s buildings, but there is more to the company—and more to Boraie himself—than just a nice-looking product: Boraie Development is increasingly becoming an integral part of New Brunswick’s—and New Jersey’s—community revitalization and redevelopment.

For instance, in 2013, Boraie built One Riverview at Rector Street, which was Newark’s first high-rise residential project in more than fifty years. This particular building was especially important to the community: Boraie partnered with international basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, who grew up in Newark, to construct the building. O’Neal joined with Boraie to give back to the community, and One Riverview has certainly been a success in that department: the building is now known as part of an incredible neighborhood transformation. See: http://www.boraie.com/

Newark isn’t the only city that’s been transformed for the better by Boraie’s buildings. In 2015, Boraie Development completed The Aspire, a luxury rental tower in New Brunswick. This building has been praised for its cool, modern look, designed to attract the growing population of young renters in the city—but The Aspire has done more than just attract a new renter market. Located in a neighborhood of trendy restaurants, clubs, and theaters, The Aspire’s new renters have helped revitalize the heart of New Brunswick, further contributing to the city’s redevelopment efforts. Boraie also has new commercial residences on the horizon, promising further redevelopment for the city in the future.

But Boraie hasn’t only helped the community through real estate development. Boraie is also on the Board of Trustees of New Brunswick’s Historical State Theatre, a well-known landmark in the city. The Theatre puts on many events that contribute to the cultural development of New Brunswick, including concerts, plays, ballets, and other shows. Boraie Development specifically has sponsored the State Theatre’s annual Free Summer Movie Series. This series has featured fan-favorite movies like Frozen, E.T., Babe, and Despicable Me 2. But the Free Summer Movie Series is great not just because of its entertainment: it unites the community once a week, allowing people from different backgrounds to come together at one of the community’s most historic venues. And as Boraie’s Vice President has said in the past, the company is “proud to sponsor this wonderful event.”

Finally, Boraie is on the Advisory Board for Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick-based charity. As their website’s mission statement says, Elijah’s Promise uses food “as a tool for change,” aiming to end hunger through “promoting good food for all, providing education and job training for the food industry, and creating social enterprise food businesses that help build a better world.” Elijah’s Promise makes its mission statement a reality through a variety of local community programs in New Brunswick, including providing a soup kitchen and community garden. Again, these are things that greatly benefit the community—and are made possible in part by Sam Boraie and his company.

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