South Orange, NJ - The Gateway, a new residential and retail development at 9 West South Orange Avenue, held its grand opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday morning, May 8th.

Attendees, who included local officials and the artists who created the murals on display, listened to speakers, had the opportunity to view the murals and to enjoy coffee and baked goods by Mara's Cafe and Bakery, one of the retailers in The Gateway.
About 65% of the residential units are filled in The Gateway, and all of the retail space is leased. Retailers will open in the next few months, with Mara's Cafe and Bakery projected to be the first to open within the next several weeks, followed by D&I Fitness and Y Gallery Salon.
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The event also provided a chance to view nine newly created murals on the retaining wall between NJ Transit and the parking lot of The Gateway. Each mural features a different aspect of South Orange, including "Waiting" by Mary Jean Canziani which looks at the stolen quiet in the train station's waiting room and Bill Billec's "3D Gaslight," which can also be viewed with 3D glasses.
Barry Lewis, South Orange Village Administrator, opened with remarks praising Ed Ayuso, real estate developer and owner of The Gateway, and his development of the property as a true "testament to Ed's passion and commitment to The Village."
Alex Torpey, Village President, continued this theme adding "it's a big day," and sharing how gratifying it was for him to see The Gateway occupying a space that had been empty for so long. He also praised the development for providing "homes for more than 57 people to now live in this amazing community," and ended by sharing his belief that "South Orange is in a renaissance right now for what it means to live in a community."