Projects

HANDS Projects and Rental Properties

 

Luna Stage

Luna Stage

555 Valley Street, West Orange, NJ Luna Stage is uniquely positioned to exemplify how a small professional theater can impact the field regionally and nationally while engaging wi...
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Kelli Copeland Artist Co-Ops

Kelli Copeland Artist Co-Ops

400 S. Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ The Kelli Copeland Artist Co-Op is a mixed-use property in the Valley neighborhood of Orange.  The project combined new construction with a for...
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The Firehouse Lofts & ValleyArts Gallery

The Firehouse Lofts & ValleyArts Gallery

The Firehouse Lofts & ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery 580 Forest Street, Orange, NJ Once home to horse-drawn fire wagons, the 1905 fire station now house six stylish artist li...
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Brass Company “Home of Arts Unbound”

Brass Company “Home of Arts Unbound”

Brass Company 540 - 544 Freeman Street, Orange, NJ Once the home of West Orange Brass Company, three abandoned buildings on Freeman Street became HANDS' first project in the Vall
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Southern Comfort Cafe

Southern Comfort Cafe

501 Central Avenue, Orange, NJ Mostly remembered as Coquelle's, home of the best Italian pastries in Essex County, it was recently discovered that this was the home of S. Slack &a...
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Hat City Lofts

Hat City Lofts

Hat City Lofts at the former F. Berg Hat Factory - 475 S. Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ HANDS is redeveloping the Berg into a mix of loft condominiums and arts-related commercial s
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Churchview Project

Churchview Project

112 to 116 South Center Street, Orange, NJ The three vacant sites once included two dilapidated vacant homes that required demolition. These deteriorated properties were seriously...
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Hat City Kitchen

Hat City Kitchen

459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ This 1980's eatery and watering hole has seen better days but its revival by HANDS into Hat City Kitchen a neighborhood bar, restaurant...
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Partners

HANDS Team

Luther Flurry, Executive Director

Luther Flurry, Executive Director

Luther joined HANDS in 2017 as Executive Director. Luther is known for his leadership in cross-sector partnerships, strategic planning, and financial management, and he is the former Executive Director of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District. Luther leads HANDS’ strategic real estate development and community engagement practice and represents HANDS in local, regional and national conversations in community stabilization, revitalization, and creative placemaking. Working with municipal government, local stakeholders, and private developers, he led $2 million in local investment that attracted over $300 million in private investment in Montclair, NJ. By elevating downtown vibrancy, visibility, and local economic development initiative, that organization improved the built environment and the business environment. Prior positions at the F.B. Heron Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Citizens Committee for New York City immersed Luther in neighborhood development, grass-roots organizational development, general management, and finance. You can reach Luther by email: luther@handsinc.org.

Pat O’Neill, Deputy Director

Pat O’Neill, Deputy Director

Pat oversees the HANDS real estate department including projects in planning and development and the portfolio of rental properties including, the HANDS’ flagship project, Hat City Lofts. His experience, education, and training in real estate development, finance, construction and organizational development are essential to the organization.  Pat’s ability to manage real estate transactions and his experience with non-profit management, for-profit real estate development, and an entrepreneurial bent is greatly valued.

His career has spanned both the private and public sectors, for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises, privately held firms, and public companies. Pat founded and co-founded companies, raised over $100M in capital and led companies and teams through both good times and challenging times. Email: pat.oneill@handsinc.org

Andrew Davlourous, Property Manager

Andrew Davlourous, Property Manager

Andrew manages the daily operations of HANDS’ residential and commercial properties including leasing, property maintenance, and capital improvement projects. He is responsible for rent collections, Tenant relations and negotiations, and compliance with all City and State regulations. Andrew acts as HANDS representative for planned and ongoing construction projects of residential and mixed use properties, working as a liaison between HANDS, architect, General Contractor, and future Tenants. Email: andrew@handsinc.org

Robin Gordon, Director of Administration

Robin Gordon, Director of Administration

Joining the HANDS’ staff in mid-2005, Robin continues to marvel at the impact and accomplishments of HANDS and its stature in the community development field. As the Administrative Manager, she is a generalist with responsibility for grant writing and management, personnel and oversight of office administration and public relations. Passionate about housing issues and their critical influence on the health of a family and a community, Robin has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity since 1994. She also volunteers at a community soup kitchen and homeless program. Interests include exploring new urban places and natural areas, experiencing historic architecture and hiking. She lives with her husband of 27 years and has two sons. Email: robin@handsinc.org

Dawan Alford, Community Engagement Associate

Dawan Alford, Community Engagement Associate

Dawan is a lifelong Orange resident who offers a special blend of local knowledge and global research experience, that equips him with a unique understanding of what appeals to diverse urban landscapes. A preeminent cross-sector collaborator, he designs engagement strategies that connect anchor institutions to local initiatives by keeping a clear focus on deliverables and communicating common narratives through an authentic lens. Alford advocates for the arts, youth, and civic engagement while championing a spirit of collectivism that empowers residents to value their community. He’s studying at Rutgers University to receive his MPA in Public Administration and works diligently to advance the Orange community. You can reach Dawan by email: dawan@handsinc.org

 

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