Omar Boraie is the President and patriarch of Boraie Development run out of New Brunswick, New Jersey. It was Boraie’s dream to help rebuild New Brunswick into a beautiful, thriving city. Over four decades of work and building, his dream is still evolving taking shape.
Boraie began with purchasing vacant and dilapidated buildings, where his office now stands. After buying the buildings, he went to the city and told him his plan. They thought he was crazy. The large office building that he built brought into the city some much needed Class A office space during the 1980s and 90s.
Once the office spaces were built, Omar Boraie realized that for the city to continue to grow, they would need some residential units for people to live in. He pictured a New York City style condominium building. He then went on to build the tallest building in New Brunswick. The twenty-five story building has 121 residential units, forty thousand square feet of office space, another ten thousand square feet of retail space, not to mention the four hundred space parking garage. Many thought Omar Boraie was crazy for building such a building in New Brunswick. However, after it was completed in 2007, it sold out in just two months.
In addition to Omar Boraie’s many successful business ventures in New Brunswick, Omar tries to give back to the community that has supported their business. Omar is on the advisory board for Elijah’s Promise, which is a non-profit organization located in New Brunswick. The organization’s main focus is to alleviate hunger to those in the community. They hope to harness the power of food to change lives, break the cycle of poverty, and alleviate hunger because no one should go hungry. They operate a community soup kitchen, run a culinary arts school, operate a catering business, run a pay as you go cafe, and help low-income residents and families connect with the health and social services that they are in need of. They serve more than one hundred thousand meals per year and train unskilled workers for careers in the food industry.
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