The old Beifus property near the South Orange train depot has finally been transformed. After the town waged a protracted legal battle with prior deadbeat owner, Andrew Beifus, over the vacant lot, real estate developer, Edward E. Ayuso II acquired the property from the lender and put his expertise and energies to work on creating The Gateway.
It’s now a 4-story mixed-use luxury building located at 9 West South Orange Ave. and features a collection of 57 luxury residential units and ground floor retail stores. The retail so far includes Mara’s Café & Bakery and D & I Fitness. Tenants are moving in and energizing the formerly fallow plot, creating some revenue for the town and hopefully anchoring more retail and action heading farther west up South Orange Ave.
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