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ROI Influencers: Real Estate 2022 — Ed Russo

ROI Influencers: Real Estate 2022

Ed Russo
Russo Development


It’s an old saying in the media business: Sometimes, the headlines write themselves.

In the case of the 2022 ROI Influencers: Real Estate list, a new saying can be coined: Sometimes, the headlines pick the top honoree.

Consider these words involving the efforts of Russo Development, all of which were pulled straight from the ROI-NJ archives in the past 12 months:

  • Russo holds grand opening for 296-unit Vermella at Garwood Station;
  • Russo’s transformative mixed-use project on Route 18 in East Brunswick takes another step;
  • Russo, Onyx, Dinallo selected for mixed-use project at Metropark station;
  • Printhouse in Hackensack now more than 80% leased;
  • Russo Development, PGIM commence construction on 200,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Mahwah;
  • Russo Development’s Vermella Broad Street enters Newark’s residential market;
  • More than 700 units of housing (and maybe supermarket) coming to Sears site in New Brunswick;
  • KRE Group, Russo Development hit 50% lease mark at new luxury rental community in Rockaway;
  • Russo partners with Onyx to acquire, redevelop 62-acre industrial space in East Hanover.

The headlines speak for themselves — as they show a diversity of asset classes in locations all around North and Central Jersey and in partnership with some of the biggest names in the industry.

They show why Ed Russo, CEO of Russo Development, is the choice for the No. 1 spot on this year’s list.

And it all comes with this caveat: We’re not sure we covered all of the company’s acquisitions, groundbreakings and grand openings.

This much we do know: Since taking over as head of the firm from his father approximately two decades ago, Ed Russo has elevated Russo Development to a new level. The firm is as prolific as any other anywhere in the state — which makes attempting to define or describe it a challenge.

Russo Development is well known for its signature apartment brand, Vermella, which offers spacious apartments and an amenity-rich lifestyle that can elevate a community (see its offering in Harrison, among so many others).

But to only talk about Russo’s multifamily and mixed-use developments is to ignore its strong presence in the industrial sector. 

And, of course, don’t forget about the company’s large holdings in data centers, where it subtly is a leader in the state.

The firm, which was founded in 1969, describes itself this way: Experience. Reputation. Excellence. Longevity.

It’s another example of the headline writing itself.

BOX: The No. 1s

A look at the previous No. 1 selections for the ROI Influencers: Real Estate list:

2021: Chris Paladino, New Brunswick Development Corp.

2020: Jeff Bezos, Amazon

2019: No selection (With no clear-cut honoree, 10 pressing issues were selected instead)

2018: The Mayors: Ras Baraka (Newark), Jim Cahill (New Brunswick), Steve Fulop (Jersey City)

2017: Paladino


A look at the honorees:

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