Clarus Glen Ridge Luxury Rental Community Now Open For Leasing

Second Community in JMF Properties’ Upscale Clarus Brand Delivers 110 Residences on the Border of Montclair and Glen Ridge 

GLEN RIDGE, NJ – Leasing is now underway at Clarus Glen Ridge, the highly-anticipated collection of 110 modern rental residences on the border of Glen Ridge and Montclair, developer JMF Properties announced today. 

As only the second community to carry the prestigious “Clarus” brand name created by JMF Properties Founder and Principal Joe Forgione, Clarus Glen Ridge offers its residents a lifestyle that emphasizes luxury, comfort, convenience, health and well-being. A curated collection of amenities, plush interior spaces and exquisite finishes were designed to exceed all the needs and desires of today’s sophisticated renter.  

The community’s location next to NJ TRANSIT’s Bay Street station and a short walk from downtown Montclair combines commuting convenience with access to a variety of gourmet restaurants, boutique shops, cafes, galleries and cultural attractions. 

Clarus Glen Ridge opens with nearly 50 percent of the residences already leased during a special early leasing period. One- and two-bedroom residences are currently available at monthly rental rates starting from $2,595. Limited-time grand opening incentives are available. For more information, visit www.ClarusGlenRidge.com or call 973-354-5555 to schedule a private tour. 

“Clarus Glen Ridge builds on the tremendous popularity of our first ‘Clarus’ community, Clarus Maplewood, but on a grander scale with more amenities and luxuries,” Mr. Forgione said. “We designed this community to offer residents a complete lifestyle package, and the opportunity to take advantage of everything Glen Ridge and Montclair offers. The result is a product that brings a new housing type to the area and sets a new standard for luxury living, one that we are thrilled to showcase to prospective renters now that the community is officially open.” 

Located on Baldwin Avenue in the historic borough of Glen Ridge, Clarus Glen Ridge features an elevated take on sophisticated rental living, with every last detail scrutinized from the inside out during the development process. 

The community’s gourmet kitchens feature a gas range with Faber® Cristal Collection vented hood, quartz countertops with undermount stainless-steel sinks, European-style, two-tone cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances. Additional details found throughout the homes include 9’ ceilings, energy-efficient LED light fixtures, seven-inch composite plank floors, in-unit washer and dryer, oversized windows with custom shades, a high-performance heating and cooling system designed to keep residents’ climate control costs down, and spa-like baths with marble floors, walls and accents. Den units and private outdoor space are available in select homes. 

The generous amenity package at Clarus Glen Ridge starts with access to the community’s cutting-edge wellness center, where state-of-the art exercise equipment with touch consoles, cycling, TRX® suspension training, a heavy bag, kettlebells and more are available. A separate personal training studio gives residents access to Echelon® Reflect Touch touchscreens with both live streaming and on-demand training classes, including Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, strength, and cardio-focused workouts from a variety of certified trainers.  

Additional amenities include a central lobby and lounge with hospitality-inspired finishes and a two-sided fireplace, reading lounge, parlor with gas fireplace and wet bar, business center, theatre room, and billiards room with vintage billiards table. Outside, residents enjoy a courtyard with seating areas, outdoor dining, a firepit and grills. An expansive dog park that spans more than 300 feet in length gives the community’s four-legged friends plenty of space to frolic. On-site covered parking, car charging stations, storage lockers, bike storage, and 24/7 maintenance round out the services and conveniences available to residents. Up to two parking spaces per unit are available and the parking garage offers residents direct access to their floor. 

The amenities, residences, and interior spaces at Clarus Glen Ridge were inspired by Clarus Maplewood, the multiple award-winning community that captured the 2018 “Community of the Year” honors for mixed-use communities from the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association and is the first community in New Jersey to earn the prestigious WELL Certification – Gold Level by the International WELL Building Institute™, which recognizes buildings designed to enhance the health and wellness of its occupants.  

Taking its cue from the property’s Latin name, which means “clear” or “bright”, JMF’s Clarus brand communities emphasize light-filled residences, exquisite finishes and curated amenities that brighten each resident’s day, day in and day out. Residents enjoy an upscale atmosphere, elegant design, and exquisite finishes throughout each community. 

The Clarus Glen Ridge lifestyle is enhanced by the community’s location in Glen Ridge, a charming borough of a little over 7,000 residents known for its tree-lined suburban streets lit by elegant gas lamps, as well as its top-notch public schools rated highly by the ratings websites Niche.com and Greatschools.org. The Glen Ridge Historic District comprises over 90 percent of Glen Ridge and runs the entire length of the Borough. It includes some of the most well-preserved examples of residential architecture from the turn of the 19th Century. New York City is about 35 minutes away by train. Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway are both easily accessible. 

Glen Ridge is home to a number of neighborhood businesses, including a coffee shop, restaurants, a nail salon, a yoga studio, and local landmarks such as Glen Gazebo, overlooking the lush green park at Toney’s Brook. Neighboring Montclair boasts a vibrant atmosphere, offering excellent shopping and dining, as well as popular annual events such as the Montclair Film Festival and the Montclair Jazz Festival. 

“Clarus Glen Ridge residents can walk to the many restaurants, parks, and cultural attractions that downtown Montclair is known for, but when they return home, they are in a quiet, relaxed suburban neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle,” Mr. Forgione said. “It really is the best of both worlds.” 

For more information on Clarus Glen Ridge, visit www.ClarusGlenRidge.com. For more information on JMF Properties, visit www.jmfproperties.com.  

About JMF Properties 

Under the leadership of Joseph M. Forgione and his 25 years of experience in the industry, JMF Properties has developed a reputation for creating residential, retail, and mixed-use communities of lasting value in some of the state’s most desirable locations. Mr. Forgione has developed more than 2,500 residential units and multiple commercial and retail properties during his career, with more than a dozen current projects totaling over 3.5 million square feet of retail and 1,800 residential units, with another 3 million square feet under development. Projects range from transit-oriented developments to urban and suburban retail centers to sprawling office parks.  

As a former long-time Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, a graduate of civil engineering, and a member of the New Jersey Civil Engineers, Mr. Forgione understands the unique responsibilities and needs of all stakeholders involved in the development process, including local government officials, architects, construction managers, investment partners, community members and end users. This holistic approach to development has been vital to JMF’s success, allowing the company to identify under-valued assets, forge strategic partnerships, and develop dynamic residential and retail properties that enhance their host communities, including the first residential community designed for WELL certification in New Jersey. 

Mr. Forgione believes in good corporate citizenship. He is a founding board member of REED Academy School for Autistic Children in Oakland, NJ and a long-term fundraiser for Employment Horizons Corp, an organization that employs men and women who are autistic or physically or mentally challenged. He constructed and donated five homes for Arc/Morris County chapter and recently constructed a group home for Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, which he donated to the organization in 2020. www.jmfproperties.com

Seeking Suburban Atmosphere And A Seamless Commute To NYC, Law Student Chooses Crossings At Raritan Station

Amenity-Rich Community Next to Train Station Complements Busy Lifestyle

RARITAN, NJ – Kayla Toomer has a busy schedule. She is a second-year law student at Seton Hall Law in Newark, works full-time at a Sixth Avenue law firm in Manhattan, works an internship at the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, and she is finishing up a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations. She has a lot of obligations in the city, but when it comes to choosing a place to live, she is more comfortable in a suburban environment.

“I don’t mind working in the city and playing in the city, but when it comes to living in the city, that’s not my ideal,” Ms. Toomer said. “Living in the suburbs was no problem when we were working virtually, but with my office opening up again in two months, I needed to find a place to live that could provide me with the environment I was looking for while also meeting my commuting needs.”

Ms. Toomer began searching for a new apartment early this summer after receiving the notice that she would likely be expected back in the office in the fall. She was living in North Plainfield while working remotely, which has the suburban environment she enjoys, but is not near a train station. Her daily commute would be a nightmare. She discovered Crossings at Raritan Station and knew it would be the perfect fit.

“They showed me the apartment layouts and the amenities, and I found the aesthetics really appealing,” Ms. Toomer said. “I knew I was going to need amenities like the gym, and with the way the market is going, I was happy to see that the rent was within my price range. I chose a one-bedroom apartment with a den and now I’m in the process of moving in. I’m definitely excited about this opportunity to live at Crossings and take advantage of the easier commute.”

Crossings at Raritan Station is a brand-new luxury rental community that opened in May at 59 Second Avenue in the borough of Raritan, just next to the Raritan Train Station. Developed by Accurate Builders & Developers, the community delivers a collection of 256 studio, one- and two-bedroom rental residences, modern indoor and outdoor amenities, and proximity to shops and restaurants in both Raritan and downtown Somerville.

Ms. Toomer said the fact that the train station is just steps from her new apartment will make her daily commute much easier to deal with. She will be commuting on NJ TRANSIT’s Raritan Valley line, which offers many trains with a “one-seat” ride directly into Manhattan and others that travel to Newark Penn Station, where connections to New York are available via NJ TRANSIT or the PATH system. She appreciates the fact that she will be home as soon as the train arrives every evening and will never have to deal with traffic or look for parking.

The convenient location paired with the building’s upscale amenities, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center, means Ms. Toomer will be able to maximize her limited free time. Although her law office has a gym, she prefers to use one closer to home and knows she wouldn’t find the time to drive to one before or after work.

“The location and the gym are really key for me as far as lifestyle goes,” Ms. Toomer said. “They have screens up in the lobby to show your commute times and the gym is great. It’s not just a basic gym. It’s well-stocked with machines and it is nice and bright, which is something I look for. If the energy is bright, I’m much more motivated. I love the gym, but I usually don’t have time to get to one so I am thrilled that I will have one right inside the building.”

Designed by architect Devereaux and Associates, Crossings at Raritan Station has introduced a new caliber of rental residences to suburban Raritan, with features such as 9’ ceilings, luxury plank flooring, and upscale kitchens with quartz counters, modern espresso cabinets, a full-height subway tile backsplash, stainless-steel appliances and a gas range.

The interior spaces were carefully crafted and well thought out, with details such as tiled bath floors and wet walls, an in-unit washer & dryer, and custom roller shade window treatments in every home. Private outdoor balconies and extra-spacious den layouts are available in select homes.

All residents of Crossings at Raritan Station enjoy a full complement of amenities and services that include a sophisticated lobby lounge with coffee bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center with virtual training technology, Amazon® package lockers, private covered parking, a bicycle share, bicycle storage and 24/7 onsite maintenance.

Outside, multiple landscaped courtyards provide abundant space for al fresco recreation and relaxation. Among them are an outdoor terrace with lounge seating, BBQs, a fire pit, outdoor games, and a meditation garden with hammocks and greenery. Residents will also enjoy access to a tennis court, basketball court, and dog park.

Ms. Toomer is already familiar with the Wegmans Food Market at Bridgewater Town Centre and the abundant shopping and dining at the Bridgewater Commons mall, both about a five-minute drive from Crossings. She’s looking forward to discovering downtown Somerville, which offers a unique variety of restaurants, retail shops and small businesses. Somerville’s pedestrian-only street, Division Street, is a thriving community square that is home to outdoor festivals, concerts, and movies under the stars’ programs. Downtown Raritan’s main street, Somerset Street, is even closer and offers a retail mix that includes an espresso bar, ice cream shop, bakeries, a craft store, music store, and a wide range of eateries.

Raritan is home to five parks and playgrounds as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields and two public swimming pools. It borders Duke Farms, a 1,000-acre estate that is open for walking, bicycling, and eco-exploration. Duke Farms also offers atmospheric outdoor dining at the Farm Barn Café and a seasonal farmers market. The Village Brewing Company in downtown Somerville is another local favorite, serving a rotating selection of craft beers and an inspired menu of elevated New American cuisine. Routes 287, 78, 202, 206, 28 and 22 are all nearby and directly connect to other major roads, such as the New Jersey Turnpike. The Lincoln tunnel is about 45 miles away.

Monthly rental rates at Crossings at Raritan Station start from $1,906 net effective, with grand opening incentives of up to two months free for a limited time. Immediate occupancy is available.

Tours of the community’s fully furnished model residences and resort-style amenities are available through The Marketing Directors, who Accurate Builders & Developers selected as the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit http://www.CrossingsRaritan.com or call (855) 276-8589.

About Accurate Builders & Developers

Founded by Jack Klugmann in 2009, Accurate Builders & Developers was built around the principle of providing quality construction to transform neighborhoods and the lives of those who live and work in the homes and buildings constructed. The company has earned a reputation for developing high-quality multifamily properties, including transit-oriented developments in key urban and suburban locations. Currently, Accurate is developing and leasing thousands of units in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. A key factor in the company’s success is that Accurate is both the developer and general contractor of its projects. By maintaining control over these critical aspects of any development project, Accurate is able to manage project costs and construction timetables which maximize efficiency and allows the Company to complete projects ahead of schedule and at or below budget. http://www.accuratenj.com.

About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory firm with over forty years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market, and sell or lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts, and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors have helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales.

Leasing Launches for Second Rental Phase at Centurion Union Center in Union County, NJ

Leasing is officially underway for the second phase of luxury rental residences at CENTURION Union Center, the highly popular mixed-use development that is fueling the transformation of Union Township’s re-imagined Union Center.

The boutique four-story building opens to the public with more than 30% of its 75 apartments already leased following a spirited pre-leasing period, reports LANDMARK., the community’s developer.

Ideally located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue just steps from Union Center’s burgeoning downtown featuring restaurants, shops, and retail conveniences, the second phase of CENTURION Union Center offers one- and two-bedroom homes.  The residences are currently priced from $2,100 to $3,180 and are being offered with Grand Opening incentives that include up to two months free on a 26-month lease.  Homes are available for immediate occupancy.

The Marketing Directors, which executed the successful lease-up of the development’s first phase of 80 residences, is once again serving as the exclusive marketing and leasing agent.  The firm is welcoming prospective residents at CENTURION Union Center’s onsite leasing center and providing tours of its fully furnished models decorated by renowned interior designer Lita Dirks & Company.

“The pre-leasing activity we’ve experienced is a testament to how well CENTURION Union Center has been received by the public,” said Manny A. Fernandez, Founder of LANDMARK.  “We’ve created a sense of community here that is only getting stronger, and we look forward to welcoming our newest residents while also continuing to bolster Union Center.”

With a mix of stylish residences, modern amenities, retail services and streetscape improvements, CENTURION Union Center is helping to usher in a new era for Union Center that also includes new lifestyle offerings along Stuyvesant Avenue. 

“Many residents today seek a best-of-both worlds scenario where they can enjoy a downtown, walkable environment like Hoboken and Jersey City, but with more room and less congestion,” said Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors.  “CENTURION Union Center delivers.  Here, renters find an activity-rich, suburban-like setting alongside the conveniences, shops and services of city-centric living.”

Stylish Homes and Modern Amenities

Residences at CENTURION Union Center are lined with designer features and appointments, including nine-foot ceiling heights, wide wood-style plank flooring, vented in-home washer and dryers by GE, and open kitchens with full-size slate GE appliances, gas range stoves, island/peninsula workspaces and quartz countertops.  Luxurious baths are equipped with glass-enclosed showers, porcelain tile and polished chrome fixtures.

Design, function, and fun extend to CENTURION Union Center’s suite of modern amenities that enhances the lifestyle experience.  Coveted outdoor social spaces are highlighted by a stunning rooftop deck featuring stainless steel grills, dining areas, sundeck, lounge areas, bar with island seating and flat screen TVs.

Inside, there’s a clubroom with fireplace, kitchen, and seating area; resident lounge with billiards, a state-of-the-art fitness center, children’s playroom, and lobby coffee room/café. Residents will also appreciate the building’s concierge and premium package management services, dedicated onsite parking spaces, and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, most of which has been leased by neighborhood shops and conveniences. 

Center Of It All

Union Center is quickly gaining momentum as a sought-after downtown setting with its unique character and streetscapes rooted in tradition and history.  Its small-town charm is evident in family-run dining staples like Cioffi’s, the famed Italian restaurant which opened over 40 years ago on Stuyvesant Avenue, as well locally owned ethnic eateries serving Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Columbian, Portuguese, Filipino and many other global cuisines.  Classic pubs and local boutiques also line the downtown streets. These established businesses have been joined by newer retailers such as Crow and the Coconut Yoga and B Fit n Focused Fresh Juices.

Commuting is a breeze from Union which lies at the crossroad of Routes 78 and 22 and the Garden State Parkway.  New Jersey Transit’s Union Station provides service to Newark Penn Station.  Buses to New York City depart just a quick walk from Centurion on Morris Avenue. 

Once completed CENTURION Union Center will add 236 new homes and approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space housed in four buildings to Union Center. 

For additional information on CENTURION Union Center and to schedule a visit to see the furnished model and amenity space, please visit www.LiveCENTURION.com or call 888-910-0975.   The onsite Leasing Center is located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union NJ.

Growing New Jersey district buys Catholic school building for $5.5M

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The Board of Education for the Elizabeth public school system unanimously approved a to purchase the Benedictine Academy property. This is a Catholic school that closed last year. They bought the building for a total of $5.5 million.

“This is a great day for the city of Elizabeth, for us being able to acquire this property in our North End neighborhood,” said BOE President Jerry Jacobs.

“The district is growing by leaps and bounds,” Jacobs said.“

This is really an incredible year. The acquisition of Our Lady of Fatima, the acquisition of St. Genevieve’s, and now the acquisition of Benedictine Academy,” Hugelmeyer said, referring to past building purchases. “This will help our community greatly help our children. It is a very exciting 2021-2022 school year.”

Garwood Still Rocks! Coming to Downtown Garwood Next Weekend

Garwood Still Rocks! will take place next weekend (Sunday, September 19th) in Downtown Garwood, NJ.  For the first time ever, the fun-filled event will take place in the fall thanks to the efforts of its key sponsor Vermella at Garwood Station, reports its organizer the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC).  The new luxury rental community from Russo Development, which features 296 stylish apartments and an impressive 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, will open this fall in this Union County borough.

Garwood is revving up once again to rock out and enjoy a full day of family fun on Sunday, September 19th, 2021, from 11 AM – 6 PM (rain or shine) when Garwood Still Rocks! returns after a one-year hiatus due to the Pandemic.

Garwood Still Rocks! features a classic car show hosted by “Hot Rod Mike” which is expected to draw over 100 cars this year, in addition to an all-day live stage, entertainment, vendors, and festival food including many area favorite food trucks.  Artisans and craftspeople will display paintings, pottery, photography, handmade jewelry, furniture, and many other unique gifts.  The Crossroads is sponsoring the Beer & Wine Garden and providing the main entertainment at the Garwood Rocks main stage. The music lineup will begin with performances by two local music schools.  Scheduled to perform are:

  • 11:00AM              Valencia School of Music
  • 12:30PM              RMC Music 
  • 2:00PM                4 Flight Rock
  • 3:30PM                Mushmouth
  • 5:00PM                Riff Raff

“We’re delighted to help support this wonderful event,” said Ed Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Russo Development.  “This annual gathering of residents and visitors in a family-oriented setting enjoying so many of the things that make Garwood special is a great example of the strong sense of community that exists here which attracted us to this close-knit neighborhood.  We came to town to be an active, contributing neighbor, and look forward to helping Garwood Still Rocks!”

Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco said “I am beyond excited for the return of our street fair with Garwood Still Rocks! happening in September. It’s a highlight of the year to see our community and neighbors come together to enjoy the live music, car show, food, and shopping. I’m very grateful for the key sponsorship by Vermella at Garwood Station, which helped make this day possible along with all the other sponsors and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.”

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce

For over 70 years, GWACC (the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce) has been connecting commerce and community. The GWACC promotes the economic prosperity of businesses primarily in Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. It is the largest association of businesses and nonprofits in our area. Members include business owners, professionals, managers, and operators. Membership cultivates the opportunity to build relationships, partner, make referrals, increase business, attend lunch, and learns, and support the community. For more information about the GWACC, visit www.gwaccnj.com. You can also call the office at 908-233-3021 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Our office is now located at 212 Lenox Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090

Vermella at Garwood Station

Vermella at Garwood Station is a new collection of 296 stylish apartments and an incredible 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities scheduled to debut this fall.  Well-appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom residences are in a distinctive four-story building, with select apartments featuring private balconies, terraces, and private entrances.  The community will also add 19,000 square feet of retail including restaurants, coffee shops, and other conveniences to serve the Garwood community at large.  It is the latest addition to Russo Development’s highly popular brand of state-wide Vermella lifestyle communities located in Kearny, Harrison, Union, Verona, Waldwick, and Lyndhurst, with new locations in Woodbridge, Hackensack, and Orange on the way. Visit www.vermellanj.com for more information on the celebrated Vermella lifestyle.

Russo Development Announces Fall Launch for Vermella at Garwood Station in Union County, NJ

Vermella at Garwood Station, a collection of 296 stylish apartments and an impressive 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, will debut this fall, according to Russo Development, the prominent developer behind the highly popular brand of state-wide Vermella lifestyle communities.

Offering a well-connected location adjacent to the NJ Transit train station in this quaint Union County borough, the luxury community has already captured the attention of savvy renters who have been admiring the modern residential buildings and excited about the promise of upscale homes perfectly blended with abundant amenities, access to great retail and dining, and an ultra-convenient address. 

Prospective renters still have time to join Vermella at Garwood Station’s priority wait list by visiting www.vermellanj.com to receive advance information on the community and be one of the first to tour its furnished model residences and amenities.

“Vermella at Garwood Station is shaping up to be one of our most anticipated new offerings,” said Edward Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Russo Development, which has successfully delivered eight other Vermella communities throughout the region.  “We expect the introduction of the Vermella lifestyle, coupled with this neighborhood’s close-knit, small town setting with access to Manhattan and popular New Jersey destinations, to resonate with both existing residents and those discovering this location for the first time.” 

Vermella at Garwood Station will feature a collection of well-appointed studios, one- and two-bedroom residences in a distinctive four-story building.  Select apartments will offer private balconies or terraces and private entrances. 

Residents will appreciate an extensive indoor and outdoor social and recreational amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, clubroom, private co-working spaces, two-story lobby/study, resort-style pool and more. An outdoor plaza will be a central landmark and communal gathering place for the town of Garwood and feature multiple activations yearly. 

The community will be accompanied by approximately 19,500 sq. feet of retail including anticipated café, restaurant, service and convenience operators.  Prospective tenants interested in retail opportunities with Vermella at Garwood Station, please contact Gregg Medvin at Pierson Commercial Real Estate at gregg@piersonre.com or call 732-707-6900, Ext. 3.

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About Russo Development, LLC

Russo Development is one of the most active, privately held developers of industrial, data center, and multifamily properties serving the New Jersey market.  Russo has earned a reputation for well-planned developments that are distinguished by their emphasis on detail and quality.  Over their 50-year history, Russo has completed more than 8 million square feet of industrial projects and has become one of the largest owners of data center space in the New York metropolitan area.  The firm has also completed approximately 2,200 rental apartments during the past several years and has a multi-family pipeline of over 3,500 units planned in various New Jersey communities over the next five years.  To learn more about the firm’s philosophies and hallmarks, please visit www.russodevelopment.com.

More than 40,000 students start school for Union County Public Schools

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Union County Public Schools welcomed back 41,000 students Monday morning.

“We’re managing the school system on a day-to-day basis. We’ll pivot when we need to and we’ll make adjustments along the way,” Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan said.

“I’m excited. I’m kind of nervous; it’s going to be really different going to a much bigger school,” said ninth-grader Navya Goswami.

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Popular spicy chicken eatery announces huge expansion into Hudson

courtesy Dave’s Hot Chicken

Dave’s Hot Chicken has announced a huge expansion into New Jersey.

The company said it will open 14 restaurants throughout New Jersey and Hudson county is on the list.

Exact locations and opening dates have yet to be announced.

According to nj.com, “The New Jersey-New York (area) is very important to our growth,” CEO Bill Phelps said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to introduce Dave’s Hot Chicken to more new customers throughout the East Coast.”

The menu features hot chicken tenders and sliders, with seven spice levels ranging from “No Spice” to “Reaper”. Fries, cheese fries, kale slaw and mac and cheese also are on the menu.

Raritan Mayor Zachary Bray Joins Accurate Builders And Developers To Celebrate Successful Debut Of Crossings At Raritan Station

New Luxury Rental Community Delivers 276 Residences to Convenient Commuter Locale 

RARITAN, NJ – Raritan, NJ Mayor Zachary Bray and other local dignitaries joined principals from Accurate Builders and Developers on Thursday, August 5th to celebrate Somerset County’s newest luxury rental community: Crossings at Raritan Station. 

Mayor Bray helped cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the successful debut of Crossings, which is located at 59 Second Avenue next to the Raritan train station on NJ TRANSIT’s Raritan Valley line.  Crossings at Raritan Station delivers a new collection of 276 luxury rental residences to a formerly underutilized property in the heart of the borough. The celebration came ten weeks after the community officially launched leasing of the first phase of 113 residences – more than 80% of which have already been leased and nearly 100 residents already moved in.  Accurate Builders and Developers recently began accepting applications for homes in the community’s second and third phases as well. 

Mayor Bray praised the grand opening as a significant milestone for Raritan and recognized the developers for delivering a finished product that helps further the borough’s revitalization goals. 

“From the inception of this area being declared in need of redevelopment until today, we recognized Crossings at Raritan Station as a project that is vital to the future of Raritan, and we could not be happier with the finished product,” Mayor Bray said. “Raritan now has an excellent opportunity on its hands. Through smart growth, we are well positioned for a prosperous future, and that includes the revitalization of our downtown. I’d like to thank my predecessor, Mayor Charles McMullin, members of the borough council, Accurate Builders and Developers, and everyone else who helped make today’s grand opening possible.” 

Crossings at Raritan Station’s early success is being attributed to its stylish residences, thoughtful amenities, and desirable location near Raritan’s and neighboring Somerville’s walkable downtown streets, shops, and restaurants which provide residents with a full lifestyle experience.   Commuter convenience provided by the adjacent train station with service to New York City and regional employment centers is also a major draw, as many residents prepare for a return to in-person work. 

“Crossings at Raritan Station reflects our commitment to the borough with the transformation of this critical and well-located site into a modern residential address that is attracting new residents to Raritan while benefitting the community at large,” said Jack Klugmann, President and CEO of Accurate Builders and Developers.  “Borough officials and the many agencies involved did an excellent job in planning for this project and outlining their vision for the property. I’m proud to say that we have delivered on our promise to enhance that vision through our experience and expertise and turn it into a reality.” 

Crossings at Raritan Station features a collection of studios, one- and two-bedroom rental residences currently available at monthly rental rates starting from $1,892 net effective, with grand opening incentives of up to two months free available for a limited time, according to The Marketing Directors, the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent. Immediate occupancy is available.  

Accurate Builders and Developers crafted the residences at Crossings with the goal of delivering a new caliber of rental residences to the Borough of Raritan, one that offers spacious layouts, modern interiors, and upscale appointments. They include features such as 9’ ceilings, luxury plank flooring, and upscale kitchens with quartz counters, modern espresso cabinets, a full-height subway tile backsplash, stainless-steel appliances and a gas range. 

Designed by architect Devereaux and Associates, the interior spaces are well thought out, with details such as tiled bath floors and wet walls, an in-unit washer & dryer, and custom roller shade window treatments in every home. Private outdoor balconies and extra-spacious den layouts are available in select homes.   

As a pioneering residential community in the neighborhood, Crossings at Raritan Station offers a full complement of amenities and services designed for resident comfort, convenience and recreation. They include a sophisticated lobby lounge with coffee bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center with virtual training technology, Amazon® package lockers, private covered parking, a bicycle share, bicycle storage and 24/7 onsite maintenance.  

Outside, multiple landscaped courtyards provide abundant space for al fresco recreation and relaxation. Among them are an outdoor terrace with lounge seating, BBQs, a fire pit, outdoor games, and a meditation garden with hammocks and greenery. Residents will also enjoy access to a tennis court, basketball court, and dog park. 

Crossings at Raritan Station’s location provides commuting convenience to residents whether they work in New York City, at one of the many global life science and pharmaceutical companies in the area, including LabCorp, or in other nearby employment centers such as New Brunswick. Trains departing from Raritan Station offer direct service to Manhattan or transfers to New York via the PATH system at Newark Penn Station. A network of major highways intersect in Raritan and neighboring Somerville, offering easy access to Routes 287, 78, 202, 206, 28 and 22 that directly connect to the state’s other major throughfares, such as the New Jersey Turnpike. 

Residents of Crossings at Raritan Station are only one mile from the walkable streets of downtown Somerville, where they can explore a variety of unique restaurants, retail shops and small businesses. Somerville’s Division Street, a pedestrian-only street, is a thriving community square, home to outdoor festivals, concerts, and movies under the stars’ programs, just to name a few.  Downtown Raritan’s main street, Somerset Street, is even closer and charming in its own right, providing a retail mix that includes an espresso bar, ice cream shop, bakeries, a craft store, music store, and a wide range of eateries. 

“We are seeing many residents choose Crossings at Raritan Station either because they work for one of the many nearby employers or they need a location with mass-transit access to Manhattan, but prefer to live in a suburban location,” said Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors.  “Either way, they are attracted to the quality and lifestyle the community offers. Accurate Builders and Developers hit on a winning formula here that is clearly resonating with renters.” 

Raritan is home to five parks and playgrounds as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields and two public swimming pools. It borders Duke Farms, a 1,000-acre estate that is open for walking, bicycling, and eco-exploration. Duke Farms also offers atmospheric outdoor dining at the Farm Barn Café and a seasonal farmers market. The Village Brewing Company in downtown Somerville is another local favorite, serving a rotating selection of craft beers and an inspired menu of elevated New American cuisine. LabCorp is located next door to the Crossings and several other major employers, such as Bausch and Lomb, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc are located within minutes of Raritan.   

For more information about Crossings at Raritan Station and to schedule a private tour of the community’s model residences and amenities, visit www.CrossingsRaritan.com or call (855) 276-8589.  The community’s leasing center is located at 59 Second Avenue, Raritan, NJ 08869. 

About Accurate Builders & Developers 

Founded by Jack Klugmann in 2009, Accurate Builders & Developers was built around the principle of providing quality construction to transform neighborhoods and the lives of those who live and work in the homes and buildings constructed. The company has earned a reputation for developing high-quality multifamily properties, including transit-oriented developments in key urban and suburban locations.  Currently, Accurate is developing and leasing thousands of units in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  A key factor in the company’s success is that Accurate is both the developer and general contractor of its projects.  By maintaining control over these critical aspects of any development project, Accurate is able to manage project costs and construction timetables which maximize efficiency and allows the Company to complete projects ahead of schedule and at or below budget. www.accuratenj.com.  

About The Marketing Directors 

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory firm with over forty years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market, and sell or lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts, and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors have helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales. 

Vermella at Garwood Station presents Garwood Still Rocks! on September 19th.

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) is pleased to announce that Vermella at Garwood Station will present Garwood Still Rocks! for 2021. The key sponsorship from Russo Development’s new luxury rental community opening in town this fall means that after a one year hiatus due to the Pandemic, Garwood is revving up once again to rock out and enjoy a full day of family fun!  This year for the first time, the event will be held in the Fall on Sunday, September 19th, 2021, from 11 AM – 6 PM (rain or shine) in downtown Garwood.  Save the Date!

Garwood Still Rocks! features a classic car show hosted by “Hot Rod Mike” which is expected to draw over 100 cars this year, in addition to an all-day live stage, entertainment, vendors, and festival food including many area favorite food trucks.  Artisans and craftspeople will display paintings, pottery, photography, handmade jewelry, furniture, and many other unique gifts.  The Crossroads is sponsoring the Beer & Wine Garden and providing the main entertainment at the Garwood Rocks main stage. The music lineup will be announced later in the year. A fun day for the whole family and admission is free!

For further information regarding booking a space, please contact This is It Productions at 201-653-2699 extension 251.

“We’re delighted to help support this wonderful event,” said Ed Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Russo Development.  “This annual gathering of residents and visitors in a family-oriented setting enjoying so many of the things that make Garwood special is a great example of the strong sense of community that exists here which attracted us to this close-knit neighborhood.  We came to town to be an active, contributing neighbor, and look forward to helping Garwood Still Rocks!”  Mayor Sara Todisco said “I am beyond excited for the return of our street fair with Garwood Still Rocks! happening in September. It’s a highlight of the year to see our community and neighbors come together to enjoy the live music, car show, food, and shopping. I’m very grateful for the key sponsorship by Vermella at Garwood Station, which helped make this day possible along with all the other sponsors and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.”

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce

For over 70 years, GWACC (the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce) has been connecting commerce and community. The GWACC promotes the economic prosperity of businesses primarily in Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. It is the largest association of businesses and nonprofits in our area. Members include business owners, professionals, managers, and operators. Membership cultivates the opportunity to build relationships, partner, make referrals, increase business, attend lunch, and learns, and support the community. For more information about the GWACC, visit www.gwaccnj.com. You can also call the office at 908-233-3021 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Our office is now located at 212 Lenox Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090

Vermella at Garwood Station

Vermella at Garwood Station is a new collection of 296 stylish apartments and an incredible 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities scheduled to debut this fall.  Well-appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom residences are in a distinctive four-story building, with select apartments featuring private balconies, terraces, and private entrances.  The community will also add 19,000 square feet of retail including restaurants, coffee shops, and other conveniences to serve the Garwood community at large.  It is the latest addition to Russo Development’s highly popular brand of state-wide Vermella lifestyle communities located in Kearny, Harrison, Union, Verona, Waldwick, and Lyndhurst, with new locations in Woodbridge, Hackensack, and Orange on the way. Visit www.vermellanj.com for more information on the celebrated Vermella lifestyle.