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Milrom Cos. has several homes under construction, including 5
Sherwood Ave., a 2,400-square-foot single family home that will
be located in East Brunswick, N.J. When finished, the home will
feature five bedrooms and three full bathrooms.
"In addition to the living space, the house is proposed to
[contain] a full basement and one-car garage," Milrom Cos.
says, noting that this is ideal for a starter home with potential
The company also highlights Farrington Woods, a home to be
built in East Brunswick, adjacent to the Farrington Lake. When
finished, the home will feature more than 5,000 square feet of
living space on its first and second floor, a four-car garage and
five bedrooms. "[It's a] new home on a nice corner lot," the
Plaza, the first private travel plaza and rest stop in New Jersey. When
finished, the project will be on Route 80 at the border of New Jersey
"Route 80 is the main east-west artery in New Jersey," Milrom says,
noting that the project took a long time to get approvals. "There were
a lot of difficulties along the way."
But Milrom Cos. persevered on the plaza, which is expected to be
open later this year. The location will be visited year-round as people
from the Tri-State area travel to the Poconos Mountains for skiing
in the winter, or when they want to go hike the Delaware Water Gap
during the summer.
The company also recently completed work on a building on Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. "[It features] a supermarket on
the first floor and an office on the second floor," Milrom says, adding
that the company has more projects under development.
The firm also makes its projects as sustainable as possible. "I
always prefer to buy green products," Milrom says, noting that the
company regularly looks into integrating solar and geothermal
energy when possible.
"We also try to use the fixtures that are water saving, even below the
actual requirements," he says, noting that these include faucets and toilets with sensors, as well as fixtures that only use 1.1 gallons per flush.
Milrom Cos. strives to maintain a friendly environment for its employees, which includes advising them on any challenges.
"We try to discuss issues and see what's a better way to handle
[them]," Milrom says, noting that employees should not feel shy to
ask for help.
He adds that he is proud of his company's portfolio. "They're
definitely quality [projects]," he says, noting that he looks for staff
input on each project. "If somebody has an idea, we never say no. We
always look into it and try to apply it to the project."
Milrom predicts that his company will grow its range in the types
of projects it builds. As Milrom Cos. is seeing a drop in office buildings, "There might be less desire for retail," he says.
There also is not much vacant land left in New Jersey, which may
require the company to be more creative when demolishing old
projects and building new ones. "We have to work with the towns
and see what they accept," he says. "I hope we'll be successful at it."
Working With Limits
Milrom is seeing impacts on the residential market after the implementation of the 2018 Tax Reform. "You are limited on the deductions you can take on your real estate taxes and mortgages," he says.
"It might affect the more expensive homes," he says, but he still
remains positive about the market. "At the end of the day, everyone
desires to own his own place. It's a good market to buy in because
interest rates are really low."
The company also is seeing spikes in the costs of materials and labor,
as the availability of workers is going down in some areas. But Milrom
Cos. is pushing forward and coping with the challenges, he asserts.
"You've got to do what you've got to do," he declares, noting that
this will require Milrom Cos. to work harder, even as it pays more.
"You have to get it done so you deal with it."
Safe and Sustainable
Safety is a major focus for Milrom Cos. on its projects. "We try to do
everything we can to make sure we keep the job safe for [builders]
and others," Milrom says, noting that the company regularly requires
harnesses, hard hats and temporary railings.
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