Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Burris Family Makes Second Donation To Swedes Run Barn Restoration

When Moorestown business owner William G. Burris and his wife Linda Burris see a community need, they don’t hesitate to step forward and help even when help has been given in the past.

Swedes Run Barn Restoration Project is one such example.  Last November when Bill Burris read in the “Moorestown Sun” that $5,000 was needed to complete the restoration of Swedes Run Barn the Burris family made a donation in that amount.  When Burris recently read in “From the Front Porch,” the newsletter of the Historical Society of Moorestown, that an additional $5,000 was needed he didn’t hesitate to match his donation from last year.

The additional money is needed to satisfy the outstanding balance for the revitalization of the roof.  As the project progressed, it was discovered that the remaining rafters were badly deteriorated and their need for replacement doubled the original expected cost.

Julie Maravich of the historical society stated, “Bill Burris is a wonderful philanthropist whose generosity and concern for historic preservation has benefitted Moorestown not only through his donations to Swedes Run Barn Restoration but other historical projects as well.”

According to Maravich, custom doorjambs and doors are final touches that are in the works. Help is still needed, however, for the construction of a small landing inside the door. The landing is needed for safety purposes.

For more information regarding the Swedes Run Barn Restoration Project and to make a donation, please visit For additional press information regarding the Burris Family, please contact Diane Pilla at or 856-642-0007, ext. 202

Monday, October 28, 2013

Haute Cuisine comes to Main Street Moorestown

William G. Burris, shown with architectural model and
exterior elevation, announces plans for Gusteau.
Moorestown, NJ – Downtown Moorestown will soon welcome its first French restaurant.

Aiming for a late Spring 2014 opening is Gusteau, a French bistro and bakery to be located on the former site of Friendly’s on Main Street. Gusteau is the vision of William G. Burris, Chairman and CEO of Burris Construction Company, a design-build group headquartered in Moorestown, NJ. The restaurant’s ambiance and skillfully prepared French fare are designed to attract more people to the center of town by enhancing dining options within the community. “Moorestown is excited to welcome Gusteau to the great list of dining experiences available on Main Street,” states Moorestown Mayor Stacey Farias Jordan.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner the restaurant’s 120 in-house seating plan includes the bistro’s relaxed main room and offers traditional bistro fare. The 24-seat Crystal Room accommodates patrons wishing a classic French cuisine experience. Seating options also include a private outdoor garden setting and sidewalk café. In addition, Gusteau’s bakery will offer classic French confections.

Burris is working in association with the prestigious Maîtres Cuisiniers de France for Gusteau’s Executive Chef…Master Chef Olivier Desaintmartin, a Food Network “Chopped Champion” formerly of New York’s Le Bernardin and who has two acclaimed Philadelphia Bistros, Caribou Café and Zinc Bar, is corroborating with Burris on all of the exciting details. The Association is dedicated to the preservation of French culinary arts and assists the professional development of chefs in the training of French cuisine.

Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week the Bistro offers the home-town convenience of early breakfast meetings for business leaders who reside in town as well as that special place for those wishing late evening camaraderie over a treat of Fondue or crème caramel.

No stranger to this business, Burris is also the owner/developer of the Black Whale Bar & Fish
House in Beach Haven, NJ, now in its 9th year as one of the most successful restaurants on Long Beach Island.

Location:                                 232 W. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ
Projected Opening:                 Late Spring 2014
Square Feet:                            3,800

Monday, October 21, 2013

Burris Construction Corporate Gift Helps Moorestown Students in Need

Moorestown, NJ – When William G. Burris, CEO of Burris Construction Company, first learned of MooreKids, a Moorestown, NJ organization that addresses the needs of its low-income student population, he did not hesitate to donate $5,000. The donation is the largest corporate gift received by the nonprofit, now in its second year of operation. 
MooreKids is an affiliated organization of the Moorestown Township Public Schools. Comprised solely of volunteers, MooreKids works closely with MTPS staff to develop and implement programs tailored to meet the specific needs of each school and its students of families facing financial hardship. To date MooreKids has provided scholarships, assisted students to attend their proms as well as participate in sports and extra curricular activities. Among other initiatives are its Summer Food Collection and Breakfast Program. 
Burris Construction Company is a design-build group headquartered in Moorestown, NJ. An industry leader since 1973, Burris maintains an outstanding history of construction and development in the tri-state area.

Friday, September 13, 2013


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton) has signed a lease with Burris Construction Company, D.B.A. Burris Post Acute Network (Burris) to allow Burris to develop a short stay private rehabilitation facility on RWJ Hamilton’s campus. Once construction is complete, the post acute rehabilitation center will be operated and managed by Genesis HealthCare.
“Our relationship with Burris will continue to grow and strengthen the future of healthcare in our region and in New Jersey,” said Anthony “Skip” Cimino, president and CEO of RWJ Hamilton. Cimino also stated, “We know from past experience that Burris can get the job done.”

The development of this new rehabilitation center will create over 150 jobs, stimulate the Hamilton economy, and provide exciting opportunities for collaboration between Genesis HealthCare and RWJ Hamilton. The facility will be designed and constructed by Burris Post Acute Network and contain 110 private suites to be constructed in two phases, and offer the latest services in post acute rehabilitation.

Burris Chairman and CEO, William G. Burris stated, “The focus is on patient comfort and convenience coupled with the most energy-efficient building.” With more than 30 years of experience, Burris maintains an outstanding history of construction and development throughout the Northeast and is no stranger to the Hamilton Area. Burris added, “We are grateful for the opportunity as provided by RWJ Hamilton and are excited to get to work.”

Burris is a proud member of both The Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ) and New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA).

Thursday, August 15, 2013 – Woodbury approves country club redevelopment plan following public hearing

As published on by Jason Laday/South Jersey Times
on August 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

The "concept drawing" presented by city planner Robert Melvin to the Woodbury City Council and the public on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (Staff photo by Jason Laday/South Jersey Times)

By Jason Laday/South Jersey Times 
on August 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

WOODBURY — City council on Tuesday voted 6-0 to give final approval to a redevelopment plan for the long-vacant, former Woodbury Country Club, with the planning board expected to consider the site plan next week.

The vote followed a public hearing, during which city planner Robert Melvin, of the Camden-based Group Melvin Design, presented an overview of the 34-page development plan, which would see three health care facilities and 20 residential homes built on the 50-acre plot.

“This plan should stay in place — it has the 20 residential lots, the three buildings and other aspects,” said Woodbury Council President Bill Fleming. “This will be the zoning overlay. Traffic and other concerns will be addressed at the planning-board level.”

The developer, William G. Burris is CEO of the Moorestown-based Burris Construction Co. His previous project was the PowerBack Rehabilitation Center, operated by Genesis HealthCare in Voorhees.

According to Melvin, the plan for the former country club includes 20 homes on 20,000-square-foot lots, as well as an assisted living center with up to 100 beds, a long-term convalescent facility with approximately 60 beds and a physical rehabilitation center with between 100 and 150 beds.

There will also be 15 acres of “public access space,” according to Melvin.

“This is a concept drawing,” he said. “This plan codifies things like setbacks for parking lots, lot sizes, buffers and things like that.”

Most resident concerns about the plan have so far related to drainage, and how the new facility will affect traffic on Cooper Street and Evergreen Avenue.

Melvin and city officials said Tuesday that the planning board is set to address those aspects of the plan in the coming weeks.

“Traffic and storm water are next,” said Melvin.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 » Woodbury announces potential redevelopment for long-vacant country club

As published on by Jason Laday/South Jersey Times 
on March 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM, updated March 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

The shuttered Woodbury Country Club.
WOODBURY — Officials Tuesday night announced what they hope will be the beginning of the end to the continuing struggle to redevelop the long-vacant Woodbury Country Club.

According to Council President William Fleming Jr., a developer has stepped forward expressing interest in building three health care facilities, as well as 20 homes, on the 50-acre plot, which previously was home to a golf course and club house.

The developer, William G. Burris, Jr., CEO of the Moorestown-based Burris Construction Company, first connected with the city’s economic development committee in January after speaking with officials at Underwood-Memorial Hospital.

“The developer specializes in health care facilities, and he was referred to us by Underwood, but at this point everything is conceptual,” said Fleming.

“There is no agreement with the city or the bank at this point,” he later added. “Although Burris does have a deposit with the bank.”

Parke Bank is the primary creditor and current owner of the property, which according to Fleming has at certain points since its closure been the home of everything from squatters to grass some three feet tall.

The land and country club on it have been vacant since club members filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Parke Bank purchased the property at sheriff’s sale in 2010.

Burris’ previous project was the Powerback Rehabilitation Center, operated by Genesis Healthcare, on Route 73 in Voorhees. The 87,000-square-foot, 124-room rehabilitation center serves patients recently discharged from the hospital, and was designed to get them out of rehab in 15 to 30 days.

Fleming along with Mayor Bill Volk said they toured the facility recently and gave the center positive reviews.

“From the site plan, to the interior as well as the landscaping outside, I was really impressed,” said Fleming. “There are many convalescencent homes in New Jersey, but this one is different, more modern.”

Volk added that he appreciated the center’s reliance on solar and hydroelectric power.

As for Burris’ plans for the country club, Fleming said the developer is proposing three buildings — a rehabilitation center, a long-term convalescencent facility and a center for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Burris has also introduced the idea of constructing 20 homes with an approximate value of $500,000 to $600,000, Fleming said. However, the council president added it’s likely Burris’ company would farm out the home construction.

“We know it’s not a golf course,” said Fleming, addressing residents at Tuesday night’s council meeting. “We’ve pursued bringing in another golf course, but none have come up successful.

“We think this could be a good answer for the property and the city.”


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