CALDWELL, NJ — The Borough of Caldwell celebrated the official grand opening of the historical Grover House over the weekend in the heart of Caldwell's Central Business District at 333 Bloomfield Avenue.
Bravitas Group co-founder Bob Silver, who converted the Grover House, noted that the building was originally built in 1915 as a Citizens National Bank. The recent conversion of the old bank transformed the space into nearly 20 retail and professional offices of varying sizes and layouts.
Silver said that the renovation kept the beautiful architectural bones of the exterior intact and includes a conference room for the exclusive use of its tenants.
The Grover House also features a community art gallery and exhibition space in their common areas for local artists to use on a pro bono basis. Silver said that this provides a welcoming environment and dynamic entrance for tenants and their visitors, enhances connectivity with the community and maximizes the use of energy and resources by utilizing space for multiple purposes.
"Bravitas Group repurposes old buildings that were built ideally prior to 1935, vacant with great bones," said Silver, which, he added, is why the company chose the Grover House for its first building in Caldwell. "I'm an old Wall Street guy who fell in love with the process of taking beautiful, run-down structures and turning them into other things."
This is the eighth building that the Bravitas Group has redone in New Jersey. Its next Caldwell project is The Wilson, which is located just down the street.
Like the Grover House, The Wilson was also an old bank and is in the heart of Caldwell's Central Business District and a short walking distance to more than 20 restaurants, shops, galleries, coffeehouses and the bus to New York City.
Caldwell Mayor John Kelley said that the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Grover House was a wonderful and proud moment for Caldwell.
"The Bravitas Group, led by Bob and Rhonda Silver and their team of architects and designers, performed miracles with a beautiful old bank building," said Kelley. "Caldwell was so lucky that this bank was sitting there waiting for someone like Bob Silver to come along and see the potential in this property.
As the Grover House is currently at full capacity and its tenants have chosen to conduct business in Caldwell, Kelley said he views the completion and opening as "a turning point in Caldwell downtown development."
"To know that another property at the corner of Personette and Bloomfield will bring more new businesses to our community is exciting and motivating," he said. "Our governing body is focused on our beautifying our downtown and will be rolling out those plans in upcoming weeks and months."
The evening at The Grover House was capped off by the appearance of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, whose presence "lights up any room she is in," Kelley said at the event.
"Her comments were spot on regarding how the bank was going to have a significant impact on our downtown," said Kelley. "Caldwell is so lucky to have friends like Bob Silver and Mikie Sherrill."
The Grover House is home to the following businesses:
David Chad Salon
Montclair Speech Therapy
Inner Vault Welness Sonja Gray, MD
Alexis Stein, LCSW
Karen Benenson LCSW Wintertree Psychotherapy
Kelly Drury, LAc Accupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Be You Counseling Daniel Rowen, LPC
Beyond Cryotherapy LLC
B3yond Nutrition LLC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Van Der Wende Properties
Rubenstein Properties LLC
GCI Healthcare Communication Design
IRC Associates LLC Licensed Real Estate Broker