Arkad Group Real Estate Corp has established itself as a leading real estate investments, development and property management company. With its corporate headquarters in Downtown Plainfield, New Jersey, the company is on a strong course of growth leading to activities across the Garden State. Arkad was founded by real estate entrepreneurs who own and manage the company and bring a hands-on approaches to every projects they develop, lease and manage. The principals of Arkad Group have a proud family tradition of providing home buyers and tenants with outstanding quality, superior design and unsurpassed customer service by offering luxury homes, townhomes, apartments, condos and retail store fronts.
Arkad Group has a passion for developing underutilized and forgotten properties into residential and commercial assets that make a lasting and positive impact on various communities. Together with our partners, we redevelop, reposition and reenergize residential communities in specidifc downtowns around the Garden State. Our deep expertise, experience, and uncompromising commitment to quality and community gives us unique insight into how the right combination of retail, open space, residential and transit can truly reinvent entire communities for the better.
(107 Park Ave. Plainfield, NJ)
Arkad Group was founded in 2005 by principals, Mario Camino and Daniel Rivera, after they recognized the many opportunities afforded by the market BEFORE the crash of 2008 and subsequent recession. At that time, Arkad was a simple “house flipping” company doing light renovations but has since evolved to become one of the premiere real estate developers in Central/Northern New Jersey for luxury single family and mid-size Mixed Use Transit Oriented property. Since then, Arkad has grown to amass an ever-growing portfolio of properties, launched a full service construction company, a property management arm and in the process; arkad has also become a powerhouse in all things Downtown Redevelopment and Transit Oriented Standards. TOD. In 2011, Arkad began a series of purchases followed by value add and repositioning strategies in downtown Plainfield, New Jersey. Arkad's efforts to revive the area snowballed and eventually become the catalyst for the biggest infrastructural transformation Plainfield has seen in the last 30 years. Arkad made this building its new headquarters and flagship building in town.
Arkad Group also manages residential and commercial real estate properties to create lasting value for residents, retailers, homeowners and municipalities.We are experts at managing all necessary permits and approvals for our properties, and pay close attention to detail. Our hands-on approach is just a part of our secret formula.
Mario Camino. CEO
Daniel Rivera, COO
Andrew Rabinotwitz, CFO
Jessica Perez, CMO
Arkad Group Real Estate Corp
107 Park Ave 2nd fl.
Plainfield, NJ 07060
STAR LEDGER, 2016
PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mario Camino remembers sitting in the window booth at Maria’s on North Avenue as a child and gazing across the street, up at the apartment windows where his family had lived for decades. Now the real estate developer owns that building, along with five others in the area. At just 31 years old, he believes he is the person who can reshape a Plainfield neighborhood that badly needs a second chance.
Camino has bold plans to revitalize a two-block area of Plainfield’s downtown district stretching from the train station to East Front Street, between Park and Watchung avenues. The region is a transit-oriented development, meaning zoning restrictions are tapered back, height limits are raised and mixed-use structures are encouraged.Strolling down North Avenue, Camino and business partner Daniel Rivera describe a vision of the city that is far from the abandoned storefronts and crumbling brick structures that surround them. In their minds, downtown Plainfield is another New Brunswick or Montclair, a hub just begging for a strong restaurant and retail presence to bring people in off the trains. “I see Plainfield as a blank canvas,” Camino said. This is the first major commercial undertaking for Camino and his real estate company, Arkad Group. Just a decade out of Rutgers University, he cut his teeth flipping houses and restoring properties in the post-recession housing marking before he built up enough experience and capital to take on a project like downtown Plainfield.
HOME NEWS TRIBUNE, 2016
PLAINFIELD, NJ - This was Mario Camino's hometown until the age of 3, when his mother packed up the family to escape their Seventh Avenue neighborhood's crime.Nearly three decades later Camino, 31, is back, this time with ambitious plans that he says will help make this city a better place for residents and businesses. "I want to be the new fresh face of development in this town," said Camino, a Rutgers University graduate who built a large real estate investment and management firm that flips dozens of residential
PLAINFIELD, NJ - The centerpiece of Camino’s construction is the old Queen City Savings and Loan, a three-story former bank on Park Avenue that is now undergoing renovations to become a massive mixed-use space.
The new building, designed by architect Robie J. Wood, will feature retail space on the bottom floor, which boasts high ceilings and large open rooms. Camino said he has been in talks with a Portuguese restaurant in Union to take over the floor.
Above that will be enough office space for four small companies, and Camino said he has spoken to two tech start-ups and two venture capital firms interested in moving in. To make the property more attractive, they are using a “turn-key” model, which Rivera said means the space comes pre-installed with internet, phones and other amenities. An architect's renderings of what the new Queen City Savings and Loans could look like. (Courtesy of Arkad Group) “The idea is that you can start today,” Rivera said, adding that already having the infrastructure in place removes some major costs small companies might find prohibitive
PLAINFIELD, NJ - Camino and Rivera will use the third floor of the building to house the offices of their own company, which they hope will show investors and prospective tenants that they are dedicated to the city. The plan also calls for three additional stories to be built on top of the current structure, which will house 14 residential units, as well as a pool and hanging gardens.
The biggest issue before Camino’s grand plan is a lack of parking. He said that when he asked former downtown tenants why they left, a majority cited the difficulty in finding a spot to keep their cars during the day. There is a run-down lot behind the bank that Camino believes would be the perfect place for a new five-story parking deck, but because that structure would be owned by the city, he has had a considerably more difficult time moving forward with plans for it. Still, Camino said he is confident he is the man who can bring the excitement back to a once-great neighborhood. “We’re bringing a new vibe into town,” Camino said. “This town has needed someone to come along and bring it to a new era. I don't fear monsters. Plainfield doesn’t scare me the way it scares others.”
HOME NEWS TRIBUNE, 2016
PLAINFIELD, NJ -Thirty-Four-year-old developer Mario Camino sees downtown Plainfield as a “blank canvas.”
He is hoping to revitalize Plainfield’s downtown district beginning with the old Queen City Savings Bank and Loan building. The three-story former bank building on Park Avenue is now undergoing renovations to become a mixed-use property, according to the Star-Ledger.
The new building will feature retail space on the bottom floor with office space for four small companies on the upper floors.
Camino and business partner Daniel Rivera envision replacing the abandoned storefronts in Plainfield with restaurants and retail. “We’re bringing a new vibe into town,” Camino says. “This town has needed someone to come along and bring it to a new era. I don't fear monsters. Plainfield doesn’t scare me the way it scares others.”