From left: Clifton City Councilman Joseph C. Kolodziej; Marcus Lee and Don Young, both of Tulfra Real Estate; Irwin Kizel of Jarmel Kizel; and Wayne Corsey of Bowman Consulting. — Courtesy: Tulfra Real Estate
By Joshua Burd
Officials in Clifton have recognized the developers and designers who transformed a 50-year-old commercial building in the city into a 204,000-square-foot e-commerce and distribution facility.
The developers, Tulfra Real Estate and The Hampshire Cos., and their team were awarded the 2016 Commercial Beautification Award for the project at 65 Industrial Street South, according to a news release. They said the award represents the highest honor for architecture and development.
“(It) is an honor to receive such a prestigious award,” Sonny Jumani, president and partner of Tulfra Real Estate, said in a prepared statement. “Our entire team worked tirelessly to transform this building into a beautiful and productive business center — one that the entire community can be proud of.”
Tulfra and Hampshire recently completed their $10 million renovation and upgrades to the building, which included raising the ceiling height to 27 feet after four months of demolition and structural foundation, Tulfra said in a news release. The Class A, single-story, freestanding building occupies 11 acres, offering 24 loading docks and 220 parking spaces on site.
The property has access to Route 3, the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. The Lincoln Tunnel is less than 10 miles away.
Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi and the Clifton City Council presented the award earlier this week. Tulfra Real Estate’s Don Young and Marcus Lee, Wayne Corsey of Bowman Consulting and Irwin Kizel, principal of the architectural firm of Jarmel Kizel accepted on behalf of the team.
The property, which was originally built in 1956 was repositioned to now include a robust infrastructure, including modern sprinklers and electrical systems, the news release said.
A PSE&G substation is one-third of a mile away.