Category Archives: Community Development

Fuss and Speculations Following $20 Million CRDA Loan

The County Improvement Authority of Middlesex was highlighted for failure to settle a $1 million principal amount and according to the Press of Atlantic City, $20 million loan that was issued to the body by the Casino Development Authority. The loan had been pending for five years, leading to a default of almost $7 million. The initial loan amount was released in 2005 to finance the construction of The Heldrich hotel and conference center based in Brunswick. The 232-room Heldrich was opened in 2007, a period when the economic crisis was looming, thereby struggling to attract guests.
In 2015, the occupancy of the hotel was 63.5 percent and could not raise the total amount required to settle the loan in that year. This economic stagnation has cash-strapped the investment to an extent the corporation had to put in about $776, 000 of its savings to settle basic expenses. However, the spokesperson of the Improvement Authority Maria Prato has expressed optimism towards the project and foresees a great future, where improvement will be noted. The project is yet to satisfy its outstanding obligations but it’s not too late for improvement.

Devco – New Brunswick Development Corporation
DEVCO is a non-profit real estate and urban development company that was established in mid-1970s to work as a catalyst for the revitalization of the city. The company is recognized as a powerful engine for economic revitalization and has been useful in helping the city to achieve key renaissance. They boast of expertise in creation of strategic alliances and bold public-private partnerships and project financing systems that have helped to create a diverse inventory system and award winning projects.

Since inception, DEVCO is responsible for the completion of projects worth more than $1.6 billion in Brunswick. DEVCO’s approach to redevelopment is unique and targeted at future inclined developments that will create a new face for the city.