On Tuesday, 4/2/13, East Orange officials
pretended to break ground on the $900,000 project located at 365
Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The official photo from the city, taken by John Henry and
published in the Star Ledger, shows everyone getting in on the
act, even though a bulldozer had done the real work some days
L-R: Norma Mackey, Economic Development Manager, Troy
Webster*, Aide to Mayor, Councilman Ted Green*, Business
Development Committee Chairman, Mayor Robert Bowser*, Council
President Quilla Talmadge, Sa'id Boykin and Gigi Boykin SBF
Development, Valerie Jackson, Director of Planning.
*Running for election in the June 4th primary this year
(2013). Webster for governor, Green for another term as council
person, and Bowser trying for a fifth term as mayor.
The project will actually involve the construction of two
buildings featuring apartments on the upper floors and a total of
2,800 square feet of commercial space on the ground floors, just
like the buildings that were there before and which can be found
all around that part of the city.
The project was developed by the Bloomfield-based SBF
Development, LLC. No word yet if any East Orange workers are
This photo was taken on-site on April 8th, 2013.
Three workers, who don't appear to be from East Orange, did not
want me to take photos of the project for some reason and yelled
at me, to go away, so I did not take a chance on interviewing
them on the subject of who was doing all the work and if they
were residents of East Orange.