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.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp noted that when he first took office , unemployment hovered around 13 percent in the Queen City. He said he knew his administration would need to bring economic development and to bring Plainfield from a place of stagnation to a one with growth and progress.

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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. Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada said Plainfield has "a commitment from the county."

Joseph Forgione, President of JMF Properties called the groundbreaking 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.

The project’s expected completion date is winter 2018-19.