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The Commodore

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The Commodore is an iconic mixed-use development in the City of Easton, PA. The Commodore offers city living in a revitalized downtown, surrounded by natural resources. Tenants experience a unique quality of life, within a vibrant artistic community.

The Timeline of

The Commodore Development

We invite you to experience Pennsylvania’s gateway property in the heart of Easton’s vibrant outdoor community. The Commodore is located along the historic Delaware River, one of the Northeast region’s most cherished waterways. Consisting of 32 luxury rental residences; 14,000 square foot office package; 8,000 square foot rooftop restaurant; two retail spaces on Easton’s main corridor; a tenant gym and additional amenities, this marquee property is a mixed-use building that operates as a complete lifestyle ecosystem.”

April 30th 2018
Our Story Begins

The Commodore project is under contract

July 2018
Commodore Secures Funding

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, ODG focused efforts on achieving the project’s construction budget & secured it’s first financing on the project with Easton Area Industrial Land Development Company (EAILD)

July 20, 2018
Commodore Closed

Deal for the Commodore is closed! 

Kaplan Building Acquired

The original 24,000 square foot chocolate factory, furniture, liquor, then clothing store, was acquired to elevate its 1880’s charm with the new opportunities of downtown Easton.

January 12th, 2019
Visualizing the Commodore

The earliest design (and sketch) of the commodore is created

February 12, 2019
Roof Top Realization

 The Commodore development committed to building a Roof Top Restaurant in March 2019

August 1, 2019
The Commodore secures $3 million RACP grant
The Commodore secures $3 million RACP grant,
August 2019
Plans Approved by Unanimous Vote

The Easton Planning Commission & Historic Commission voted unanimously to approve development plans for The Commodore on Northampton Street.

Oct 30, 2019
First Look Event with LV Chamber

Local government and business leaders showed their support for the project as an increased need for commercial and residential space downtown became increasingly apparent. 

January 13, 2020
Finance Follow-Up

The Commodore took out initial financing with a follow-up pre-construction loan with Centric Bank

June 4, 2020
Electricity Sparks

The Commodore’s initial electrical infrastructure work was completed with MetEd, June 4, 2020

August 2020
Abatement Completed

The Commodore completed abatement work on August 2, 2020

March 26, 2021
Closed CPACE Loan

The Commodore closed on the first CPACE loan in Northampton County in March 2021.

March 27, 2021
Commodore Secures $13 Million Construction Loan

The Commodore receives a $13 Million Dollar construction loan from Procida Funding & Advisors to complete the development.

May 11, 2021
Construction Contracted

The Commodore awarded HC. Pody the construction contract to build the Commodore, May 11, 2021

May 26, 2021
Demolition Initiated!

The Commodore initiated demotion on May 26, 2021

July, 2021
Ground is Broken

Building begins on the first mid-rise, ground-up construction to happen in Easton in more than 28 years.

August, 2021
Remnants Collected

The former owners, Randi and David Kaplan, of Kaplan Enterprises, get together with Garett Vassel, to on-site to collect remnants of the old structure, August 5, 2021

September, 2021
Cementing the Commodore

First concrete is poured on site, September 31, 2021

December, 2021
Steel On-Site

Steel arrives to the commodore site (December 2021)

January, 2022
Structure Finalized

Optima Durant Group President Garett Vassel and Venture X Co Working Allynus President, Terry Wallace, January 6, 2022, make final structural decisions about the office space.

February, 2022
Reaching New Levels

The Commodore reaches the 4th story of steel frame construction on February 7, 2022

February, 2022
Commodore Goes LIVE!

The Commodore website goes live in February 2022, and starts accepting lease commitments on Residential, Retail, and Roof Top Restaurant

March, 2022
The Commodore Top Off

The Commodore to host topping off event on the site.

Optima Durant Group

Optima Durant Group is a fully integrated real estate company that focuses on development, construction, design and property management. Optima Durant, the motto of the founder’s long-time primary childhood school, translates to The Best Endures. The Company was founded in 2017 and pursues projects within the New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas markets.


Providing investors ground-up and re-development opportunities within commercial and residential real estate


Providing integrated design services for commercial and residential assets


Providing the full suite of construction management services for Optima Durant Development projects as well as independent construction projects.


Providing integrated property management services for commercial and residential assets

A Letter From the Founder

Optima Durant Group was born from my lifelong passion for real estate, design, and aesthetics. Growing up on Long Island, I was always searching for historic structures, properties, and mansions to sketch and appreciate. My long-time primary school motto “Optima Durant” translates to The Best Endures, and the meaning has always resonated with me. I selected this motto for the namesake of my company to draw inspiration, by reminding myself to think long-term. The Company name also serves as a reminder to stay connected to what is important and to think boldly and creatively when approaching challenges.

Optima Durant Group is the assemblance of vertically integrated and complementary companies that are suited to help one another execute collective goals. We built this company to have a true foundation for sustainable growth and view the group platform as a means to ebb and flow with the times in order to perform competitively for generations to come.

Optima Durant Group is a unique real estate company that considers real estate an ever-relevant asset class, while being poised to capitalize on competencies and opportunities in adjacent businesses over time.

Garett M. Vassel

Founding President,
Optima Durant Group

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The Commodore of Easton offers city living in a revitalized downtown, surrounded by natural resources. Tenants experience a unique quality of life, within a vibrant artistic community.

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