Vincent J. Siciliano (better known as Jim) has maintained his residence and office in Oakmont for the last thirty seven years. Jim acts as the general and managing partner of VJS Properties, LP, a real estate development company located in Oakmont, PA.
Jim is a proud graduate of Duquesne University and began his career in the construction industry more than 50 years ago. He gained hands-on experience in construction by working as a part-time laborer and truck driver in the family construction business during his high school and college years. Jim represented the third generation to join the business his Grandfather started in 1908. Jim worked for the firm on a part time basis as an estimator from 1960 until 1962 when he began in a full time capacity. From 1962 until 1974, Jim worked his way up from estimator to President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. Jim became a partner in the company in 1970. His efforts helped guide and develop the company to expand with five offices in three states, attracting the attention of a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange and ultimately merging with the firm on April 5, 1971.
Mr. Siciliano left the construction firm on October 31, 1974. Jim formed V-J Corporation in 1975 as a real estate development company for the purpose of acquiring and retrofitting existing properties as well as design and construct new properties to be held as long term real estate investments. VJ Corporation subsequently created a subdivision for the purpose of leasing and managing all of the company’s real estate holdings. Mr. Siciliano served as President and CEO of VJ Corporation until December of 1996 when VJS Properties, LP was formed for the purpose of assuming the duties and responsibilities of V-J Corporation.
Mr. Siciliano began concentrating on developing commercial properties in 1974. His first project taken from design to occupancy was a twelve unit townhouse rental complex located in Oakmont called Vinfred Court Apartments, named in honor of his sons, Vince and Fred. The following year, he purchased the old Oakmont High School, demolished it, and constructed a 40-unit rental complex. This apartment complex was named the Angelan after his daughter, Angela. Also, during the seventies, Mr. Siciliano purchased existing apartment complexes that were either having financial difficulty or in bankruptcy. The complexes were rehabilitated, turned into profitable properties and ultimately sold. The first two apartment complexes were a 26 unit building located in Ambridge, PA; and the second was a 46 unit building located in North Hills, PA; The third building was a nine unit complex located in Oakmont, PA.
Other successful projects in Oakmont and still in operation today are:
• A 36 unit condominium
• A retail complex
• Office buildings
• A warehouse
• Two retail/office buildings
• A single family development (Lucca’s Point)
• Two office/ warehouse buildings and several other retail buildings
Successful past projects in surrounding communities include:
• Building a 26,000 square foot self-storage complex in Murrysville, PA
• Acquiring and retrofitting two office/warehouse buildings in Monroeville, PA
• Purchasing and renovating an office building in Greentree, PA
Current development projects include:
• Oakmont Station, a five building office complex in a campus like setting with approximately
50,000 square feet of rentable space.
“The Highlands of Allegheny Township”, A residential development located in Westmoreland
County, PA. consisting of 150 building lots.