Omar Boraie is a man with vision. When the Egyptian scholar came to the U.S. in 1972, he wanted a PhD in Chemistry. He ended up in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At that time New Brunswick still bore the scars of the 1968 Race Riots. There were endless blocks of burned out, abandoned buildings in the downtown area. But Boraie had seen similar sights in post-war Europe. And he envisioned New Brunswick being reborn just like those war-torn European cities. New Brunswick city officials thought Omar Boraie was insane when he shared his vision with them.
But Boraie wasn’t deterred. He founded Boraie Development and began buying and rebuilding abandoned properties in the heart of downtown New Brunswick. His first project was Albany Street Plaza Tower One. When it was completed in the 1980s, it brought 250,000 square feet of Class A office space to downtown New Brunswick. The building is currently home to the headquarters of Boraie Development. Nearby stands Tower Two which also brought valuable Class A office space to the downtown area when it was completed in 2003.View Omar Booraie’s full bio on crunchbase.com.
Today the rebirth of New Brunswick is in full swing. Boraie Development, now led by Wasseem and Sam Boraie, Omar’s sons, has completed some marvelous projects. They include The One Spring Street Condominium project. This New York-style mixed use project boasts tens of thousands of feet of office and retail space and 121 residential units. The 25 story structure is New Brunswick’s tallest building. The company also built the 17-story building with 370,000-square-feet of space called The Aspire. It features 238 residential units and retail space in excess of 10,000 square feet.
These days Omar Boraie is a pillar of the community in New Brunswick. He and his sons Wasseem and Sam Boraie have helped revitalize the city with their many brilliant projects. Boraie now sits on New Brunswick’s historic State Theatre’s board. According to patch.com, he’s also on the non-profit Elijah’s Promise advisory board. Plus Boraie Development is working on projects in Atlantic City and Newark, New Jersey as well. Omar Boraie has made his vision for New Brunswick a reality.