Association picks Maplewood rental project as 2018 community of the year

By Joshua Burd

The Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey has recognized a boutique residential and retail property in Maplewood as its mixed-use community of the year, developer JMF Properties said Monday.

The honor for Clarus Maplewood, which is home to 20 luxury apartments near the township’s train station, was one of four awards the project earned during an annual dinner hosted by the association. The complex opened last October and was 100 percent leased by early this year, with a street-level retail mix that includes Starbucks, BCB Bank, Abby Haliti Salon and The Cassidy Bar + Kitchen.

“We are honored that Clarus Maplewood was chosen for this prestigious award,” said Joe Forgione, founder and principal of JMF Properties. “It is certainly gratifying to be recognized for our work because a lot of time, effort and careful attention to detail went into creating this community.

“We have an extraordinarily talented team of professionals who devoted themselves to this project wholeheartedly from day one, and they should be tremendously proud of what they have accomplished.”

According to the Whippany-based developer, the Maplewood Avenue community was honored for everything from its overall product design to its logo and website. Clarus Maplewood was also the first residential community in New Jersey designed to achieve WELL certification, which has requirements such as creating an environment that helps improve resident sleep patterns, nutrition, fitness and mood.

Residences have high-end finishes and appliances, JMF said in a news release. All renters at the three-story building will have access to amenities such as a fitness center, yoga and spin studio, package center, resident lounge and others features.