PLAINFIELD, NJ - The groundbreaking celebration for Quin Sleepy Hollow, the $50 million residential development on South Avenue in Plainfield, took place on Saturday morning. JMF Properties President Joseph Forgione, Vice President Kevin Codey, Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, and close to one hundred people were in attendance.
The program began with opening remarks by Carlos Sanchez, Deputy City Administrator for Economic Development, who outlined some of the work that has been done up to this point, including the work that went into taking over more than ten properties, and addressing some environmental concerns.
A welcome address was then given by Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, who said that when he first took office as mayor, unemployment hovered around thirteen percent. He knew his administration would need to bring economic development to the city, and to bring Plainfield from a place of stagnation to a one with growth and progress.
Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan said he used to say that there was only one road in Plainfield - the way out - but that is no longer the case; there are now two, with one now going in. And Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada said Plainfield has "a commitment from the county."
City Council President Rebecca Williams offered her support of the project, and Second Ward Councilman Cory Storch said, "we have finally gotten ourselves to a point where there is action in Plainfield." He went on to say that projects like this help to build neighborhoods, produce jobs, build shopping areas, and create tax ratables. Council members Bridget Rivers, Diane Toliver, Charles McRae, Joylette Mills-Ransome and City Council Vice President Barry Goode were also in attendance.
Joseph Forgione, President of JMF Properties called this an exciting milestone, and said a location near a train station is the single most important amenity a town can have. He said the aim is to attract young Millennials, and to attract both residents of Plainfield and surrounding communities.
Closing remarks were made by merchant Jeff Spelman, Owner of The Coffee Box, conveniently located across the street. He said he was excited for the Quin Sleepy Hollow community to experience city gems like the Plainfield Public Library and the Plainfield Symphony, heading into its 98th season.
Spelman later said, "as a longtime resident and new business owner in Plainfield, I'm so excited to see the continued progress and development in this city. This project stands out as one that's particularly luxurious and special for the community. And as I said in my remarks, I'm really excited to see how this community will interact with Plainfield as a whole - the culture, the arts, the restaurants - and I'm excited for One Plainfield, One Future."
The project’s expected completion date is winter 2018/2019.