When Omar Boraie began to envision the development of New Brunswick, it was 1972 and not safe to walk the downtown streets at night. He looked at the barren environment as if it were a blank page and slowly and surely began to draw the city he knew he could create.
Fast forward to the present, New Brunswick is now a thriving city with luxurious modern high rise buildings for needed residential and office space, a hotel and three theatres in the downtown area. These are just some of projects Boraie dreamed about and actually turned into a reality with his Urban Development Company, Boraie Development LLC.
He was an Egyptian chemistry student when he first visited New Brunswick and saw the potential for rebuilding a city in decline after European models he had seen. That good hearted and intelligent young man, came back to live and put his dreams into action so very well that he has literally created a prosperous company that serves the city he loves, and also includes his grown children as Vice Presidents and vital associates.
His accomplishments allow him to donate generously of his time and money. He is on the Advisory Board of Elijah’s Promise which began as a soup kitchen in 1989 and is now a multi faceted community organization including Promise Culinary School, a professional chef training and job placement center with a catering service that acts as the training ground for students and also produces the meals for New Brunswick Meals on Wheels providing nourishing meals for the homebound and elderly. Recently a pay as you can café was added based on the model devised by Denise Cerrata, “One World Everyone Eats” .
Sam Boraie is also on the Board of Trustees for the historical State Theatre in New Brunswick originally built in 1929 and recently renovated with care and accuracy and is now a venue for all sorts of entertainment from Jay Leno to the Bolshoi Theatre and has added an HD Film screen to show cultural events from around the world.
And one can be sure there is more to come. At 73, Omar Boraie is not resting on his laurels. Having just completed The Aspire, a residential deluxe high rise in the center of the city, replete with all modern conveniences and additional features like a fitness center and park area to walk with or without ones dog, one can be sure Boraie’s obvious energy and vision is sure to continue planning, building and doing philanthropic works in the future.