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Bringing New Life to Old Buildings
By Briana Vannozzi, NJTV News

“We have a lot of finished spaces, but we also have some spaces under construction,” Danny Popkin explained. Popkin has a knack for bringing new life to old places. He’s the brains and creative force behind the Hamilton-based company Modern Recycled Spaces...... <READ MORE>

Editorial: New Year's resolutions for a successful 2015
By Times of Trenton Editorial Board

On the topic of rebuilding, we also wish that developers in the region would take a page from the book of Daniel Popkin and Modern Recycled Spaces. Instead of the old mantra of “raze, build, repeat,” he’s incorporating what was into what will be -- and preserving the community character..... <READ MORE>

'Great history and past beauty' as Hamilton's old mill buildings are revitalized, repurposed
By Bridget Clerkin, The Times of Trenton

For years, township officials have touted Hamilton’s location – near so many major highways and just between New York City and Philadelphia – as a particularly fertile place to grow a thriving business community. Eight companies or individuals making great contributions to that community were honored by the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission... <READ MORE>

Recycling Meets Real Estate
By Christine Ott, Princeton Info

Danny Popkin collects old stuff: some of those items are on the small side, like toy cars, Southwestern Native American pottery, and oil cans. But some of those things are sizable, like the iconic sign from Pete Lorenzo’s famed Clinton Avenue restaurant in Trenton. <READ MORE>

Cass Diner (1948-1974) 2934 Brunswick Pike

Cosmo Giordano (1914-1990) was from Vineland, NJ and began working in the restaurant business in 1932. He learned his trade by working for his friend Russell Taleno who owned the Calhoun Diner at 1710 Calhoun Street in Trenton. <READ MORE>

Vintage Giordano Diner makes journey from Lawrence to new home in Hamilton
By Nicole Mulvaney, The Times of Trenton

After Marcia Minunni of Hamilton read about preparations for the famed Giordano Diner’s road trip from Lawrence to Hamilton, she took a chance on fate. The Hamilton resident’s grandfather Cass Giordano of Lawrence had owned and operated the Route 1 diner until the 1970s, and now it was coming to her hometown. So she decided to see for herself.

Unique Partnership Saves Historic Diner As Possible Food Service Training Site
By Anne Levin, Town Topics Newspaper

Wednesday is moving day for the aluminum-clad diner that has stood empty on the north side of Route One, just south of Bakers Basin Road, for decades. The vintage building originally located on Calhoun Street in Trenton is scheduled to make a short trip to a mixed-use redevelopment project in Hamilton Township, to start a new life.

Isles and Modern Recycled Spaces Save Classic Jersey Diner from the Wrecking Ball
By Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton

Isles, Inc., the Trenton-based community development organization, has teamed up with local developer Modern Recycled Spaces to save the classic Cass Diner in Lawrence from being demolished.

NJ diner saved, on the move
By Nora Muchanic, 6 ABC Action News

A beloved Mercer County diner destined for the dump is getting a second chance to shine. Instead of dishing out piping hot plates of hash, it will be serving up food for the brain.

Former Calhoun Street Diner hits the road
By Brian McCarthy, The Trentonian

The classic "Calhoun Street Diner" was being transported on Route 33 in Nottingham on the way to its new home. After being vacant on Route One in Lawrence for several decades, the structure is being moved to Mill One, a re-development project in Hamilton.

Iconic local diner saved from oblivion by developers
By Joe Sorensen, The Trentonian

HAMILTON — The restaurant formerly known as Ben’s Diner will not be knocked down after being vacant for decades, according to a press release.

Editorial: Isles plan to salvage Lawrence diner as training facility is an applause-worthy ending
By Times of Trenton Editorial Board

A distinctive piece of New Jersey’s history is destined to shine again as a plan to move the long abandoned Giordano Diner from Lawrence to Hamilton takes shape.

Historic Lawrence diner to be relocated
By Nicole Mulvaney, The Times of Trenton

LAWRENCE — A local real estate developer has emerged to cart the long-vacant Giordano Diner out of town to neighboring Hamilton, partnering with Trenton’s Isles, Inc. to repurpose the historic eatery into a job training facility for the community service organization.

Old Trenton warehouses, vacant lots to become luxury condos or modern lofts
By Erin Duffy, The Times of Trenton

TRENTON — Developer Roland Pott calls it a kind of buzz — an upbeat and optimistic feeling surrounding a handful of upscale loft, condominium and mixed-use construction projects centered around South Broad Street and the city’s arena district. <READ MORE>

Breathing new life into old Hamilton mill; Isles envisions business incubator
By Erin Duffy, The Times of Trenton

HAMILTON - On a cloudy day in late February, light trickles in from the dirty and broken windows of the former textile mill. It spreads across the structure, illuminating the hundreds of square feet of space that stretch across the building, floors that once anchored hundreds of sewing machines tended by children and teens who likely spent hours hunched over them, sewing buttonholes and stitching sleeves.

Plans for Hamilton 'urban village' unveiled

HAMILTON -- Nonprofit community development group Isles Inc. announced ambitious plans to transform a defunct Hamilton industrial site into a mixed-use "sustainable urban village" that will also house its new headquarters.<READ MORE>