What is BAW Development?
Baye Adofo Wilson believes in the power and importance of black communities. He believes in their beauty, their compassion and their locations. However, because of redlining, Jim Crow, poverty, the Great Recession and old every day racism, the fullness of what black communities can provide for black people and the rest of the United States has not been fully realized. Baye Adofo-Wilson wants to change that by working to redevelop, reimage and recreate black communities through projects that connect, tell stories, provide affordable access and space for their residents to enjoy.
Chief Executive Officer
Baye Adofo-Wilson, Esq. is a real estate developer, lawyer and consultant with an expertise in arts and cultural districts, sustainability, affordable and mixed-income housing development. He has a real estate development and consulting firm, BAW Development LLC, where he focuses on developing transformative, residential and mixed-use projects in urban communities. He is Of Counsel to Post Polak, PA focusing New Jersey Redevelopment Law and Opportunity Zones.
Currently, BAW Development, LLC, in partnership with RPM Development, are the designated developers of the Hinchliffe Stadium Community Restoration Project, a $76 million-dollar project which includes 75 senior housing units, a restaurant/exhibition space dedicated to the Negro League, a 314 parking structure and the restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium, a 7,800-seat stadium which was once the home of the New York Black Yankees.
Baye Adofo-Wilson was Deputy Mayor/Director of Economic and Housing Development (EHD) for Newark, NJ. While Baye was at EHD’s helm, Newark had unprecedent development, including over $2 billion dollars of development, annually, with 2000 units of housing built, three million square feet of commercial and industrial development, respectively.
Mr. Adofo-Wilson was an 2014-2015 Urban Design Critic at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a member of the 2013-2014 Loeb Fellows class at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Before Harvard, Mr. Adofo-Wilson co-founded of the Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District, a non-profit organization redeveloping the Lincoln Park neighborhood in the City of Newark. He led a comprehensive effort to transform a low-income Newark neighborhood into a sustainable cultural district that included the development of 10 USGBC LEED Certified Gold and Silver affordable housing and mixed-use buildings, urban agriculture, music festivals, historic restoration and workforce development projects.
Mr. Baye Adofo-Wilson is on the Boards of Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Foundation, the Campaign for America’s Future and the Black Voters Matter Fund. He is also a US Army Veteran, has a BA from Rutgers University-Newark, an MRP from Cornell University and he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.