The boutique rental community in the heart of Maplewood Village, right next to the train station, recently took home the “Community of the Year” honors at the association’s annual Awards of Excellence dinner. It was one of four awards earned by Clarus Maplewood, capping a night that saw the community honored for everything from its overall product design to its logo and website.
In addition to its luxury rental residences, Clarus Maplewood’s thriving street-level retail and its status as the first residential community in New Jersey designed to achieve WELL certification likely helped it earn “Community of the Year” honors in the mixed-use category for developer JMF Properties.
“We are honored that Clarus Maplewood was chosen for this prestigious award,” said Joe Forgione, the 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.”
Clarus Maplewood opened in October 2017 and was 100-percent leased by early 2018. The building’s street-level retail also leased quickly; Starbucks, BCB Bank, Abby Haliti Salon and The Cassidy Bar + Kitchen have all opened at the community.
But it is Clarus Maplewood’s design for WELL certification that truly sets it apart. WELL-certified buildings are designed to maximize residents’ comfort, health and well-being to the standards of the International WELL Building Institute Certified WELL Multifamily Residential buildings create an environment that helps improve resident sleep patterns, nutrition, fitness and mood. From the moment the project was conceived, JMF Properties decided to pursue WELL certification.