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NAIOP-NJ honors commercial real estate industry leaders

Back row l-r: Michael McGuinness (NAIOP NJ), David Greek (Greek Development), Meryl Gonchar (Sills Cummis & Gross PC), Gene Preston (Dermody Properties), Sam Morreale (Vision Real Estate Partners), Gretchen Wilcox (G.S. Wilcox & Co.), Mayor James M. Cahill (City of New Brunswick), Frank Greek (Greek Development), Clark Machemer (Crow Holdings). Front row: Tom Heitzman (Whitesell Construction), Matt Schlindwein (Greek Development), Andrew Merin (Cushman & Wakefield New Jersey), Robert Rudin (Cushman & Wakefield New Jersey), and Michael Sommer (Edison Properties). Photo by Gary Gellman

More than 800 guests turned out to celebrate the Garden State’s commercial real estate industry at NAIOP New Jersey’s 32nd Annual Awards Gala.

The black-tie event, held at the Palace at Somerset Park, recognized the achievements of leading professionals and organizations and the state’s most impactful transactions of 2018.

NAIOP New Jersey President Eugene Preston of Dermody Properties said, “Tonight we celebrate a truly outstanding and accomplished group of honorees and Deal of the Year finalists. Each has made unique contributions to New Jersey’s economic growth, the commercial real estate industry and communities large and small across the Garden State.”

The commercial real estate development association awarded its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Andrew J. Merin, an executive vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield.

Merin was recognized for his distinguished record of exemplary service to the industry and to the community, as well as for his significant personal accomplishments.

City of New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill received the Caren S. Franzini Public Partner Award, which honors local champions of development that inspire and transform communities. The Impact Award, which recognizes firms for their impact on the industrial and office development community, was presented to Greek Development and Whitesell Construction Co., Inc.

Gretchen Wilcox, president and founder of G.S. Wilcox & Co., received the Industry Service Award for her contributions in support of the commercial and industrial real estate industry’s goals.

Deal of the Year winners were selected in three categories based on impact on the community and marketplace; degree of complexity and/or uniqueness; innovative strategies; and creative problem solving.

Industrial: Linden Logistics Center, Linden. With over 100 years of chemical manufacturing, 30 total years of environmental cleanup and 15 years of vacant, idle land at Tremley Point, Linden, in 2018, it was time for the team of Greek Development, Advance Realty and CBRE to acquire the site and start the 4.1-million-square-foot warehouse redevelopment and transformation on this site. Involved in the deal were CBRE; Advance Realty; and Greek Development.

Office: Integra LifeSciences HQ Relocation, Princeton. Cushman & Wakefield facilitated the headquarters consolidation for Integra LifeSciences, a world leader in medical technology into a 167,000 s/f Trophy Class A building in Princeton. Involved in the deal were Cushman & Wakefield; Integra LifeSciences; HLW International; Black Creek Group LLC; Fox Rothschild LLP; Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.; and Newmark Knight Frank.

Mixed Use: Ironside Newark, Newark. Edison Properties has substantially completed the adaptive reuse of Ironside Newark, the transformative 21st Century Workplace in the heart of Newark’s revitalized downtown.

The 456,000 s/f mixed-use commercial destination has already attracted multiple tenants, including a long-term, 148,500- s/f lease with Mars Wrigley Confectionery, in a transaction arranged by CBRE.

Involved in the deal were Edison Properties; Beckerman; Newark Community Development Corporation; Perkins Eastman; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; CBRE; Genova Burns; and Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti.

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