Ribbon Cutting At Verona Place Apartments


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Mark De Mattheis, principal of De Mattheis Investments, flanked by Mayor Kevin Ryan (left) and Township Manager Matt Cavallo.
Mark De Mattheis, principal of De Mattheis Investments, flanked by Mayor Kevin Ryan (left) and Township Manager Matt Cavallo.

Some tenants have already unpacked their belongings, but the Verona Place Apartments had their official ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

The Verona Place Apartments are two small but high-end buildings located just west of Verona Park on the south side of Bloomfield Avenue. The sites at 435 and 449 Bloomfield Avenue had been an auto dealership for much of the 20th century before it was torn down and the property put up for redevelopment. Verona’s municipal government facilitated the new construction by striking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement with the developer, De Mattheis Investments, and both Mayor Kevin Ryan and Township Manager Matt Cavallo participated in the ribbon cutting.

The project is a homecoming of sorts for Mark De Mattheis, principal of De Mattheis Investments, who was a 1983 graduate of Verona High School. “I could not be more excited to construct these two buildings in my hometown of Verona,” he said. “Following just over a year of diligent construction, we are thrilled to bring this luxurious apartment complex to Verona’s downtown.” The complex’ two buildings sit on either side of Verona Place, and some units have a view of either Verona Park or the woods that back up to Cook Lane.

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The professionally designed complex has a mix of 20 high-ceilinged one- and two-bedroom units, and they have been fitted out with top-of-the-line appliances and plumbing fixtures, ceramic and porcelain tile, hardwood floors, and high efficiency heating and cooling systems. There is a washer-dryer unit in every apartment. The acoustic windows used in the buildings block all of the traffic noise on Bloomfield Avenue, both in the apartments and in the ground-floor fitness and meeting rooms.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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