BAYONNE, NJ - In any given week, and sometimes more than once in each, Mayor Jimmy Davis can be found helping to cut the ribbon on a new business, breaking ground on a new construction project, or generally boasting of the investment that is heading into the city he oversees.
Bayonne’s time has come, he says often.
On Wednesday, Davis once again reprised his role as the city’s proudest cheerleader, this time alongside Renee Condon and her team of realtors, to cut the ribbon on Keller Williams Realty’s new office at 536 Broadway.
With music playing and food from many of Bayonne’s best known eateries lining the walls dozens joined together to celebrate the opening, which, for many of the staff that will call it home during their working hours, will really serve as their base in efforts to make their city even better.
“For KW it’s all about having the right vision, the right people, and being in the right community,” Condon said before the ribbon was cut. With offices already in Hoboken and Jersey City, she said “Bayonne was the next natural step.”
Asked to describe what’s happening in the city where change seemed to come slowly, and now has appeared with force, Condon said that it’s a combination of being development friendly, having a great community feel, skyrocketing costs in what were once considered more desirable places to live, and striking a balance of old and new.
Pushed for a more specific answer about why they believed now was the right time to open an office Condon, perhaps channeling some of Davis’ positivity, responded immediately “Bayonne is on everyone’s lips.”
“We want to be a part of it, to be a part of the fabric of the community.”
The site sat dormant for over a decade, and before that was home to a well known dress shop, Diane Brennan, one of 20 realtors that will occupy the space said. With its open space floor plan, bright lights, and inspirational scripts occupying space on many of the walls it’s easy to see how Lidia Gabinelli, broker manager for the location, will keep energy up among her team.
Proud to show the space off and point to words like teamwork, community, integrity, trust, creativity, and communication, Gabinelli stressed that the missives aren’t just for decoration, but rather the ethos of the organization itself, one that prides itself on truly serving clients, and the communities they operate in.
“Our efforts to bring investment have always been about community first,” Davis said soon after cutting the ribbon. “Keller Williams shares out passion for making Bayonne better than ever, and we are proud to officially welcome them, and their beautiful office, to our community.”
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