The Developer

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Argent Ventures

Argent Ventures is a private real estate developer and real estate operator based in New York City. Since its inception in 1997, Argent has purchased over $2.5 billion in real estate assets and debt instruments in New York and other major markets in the United States. Argent’s investments have included direct ownership or the ownership of underlying debt in all major asset categories including office, retail, industrial, hotel, residential, and specialty categories such as telecom and lab facilities. Argent focuses on investing in challenging real estate assets, with a particular emphasis on development and revitalization opportunities in urban, transit-oriented locations.

The Team

With the purchase of the property, Argent Ventures assembled a local team of professionals who have a deep understanding of not just Jersey City, but the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan. The following  is a brief description of the team members and their bios:

 


Architects and Urban Designers:

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Marchetto Higgins Stieve

Marchetto Higgins Stieve is an award winning firm offering a full range of architectural, planning, and design services from project feasibility through construction administration for both private and public sector clients.

While the firm has a history of public and institutional projects it maintains a strong focus on the specific needs of the real estate developer. With an extraordinary record of completed projects ranging from individual townhouses to high-rise mixed-use urban developments the firm possesses a broad knowledge of the development process that can only come from experience. The work has shown a consistency for inventive contextual solutions and has provided the new face for Hoboken’s incredible revitalization from the days of decay and decline to its success as New Jersey’s hottest come back City.

Guided by the principles of New Urbanism, all projects seek to balance issues of appropriate maximum density, mixed use, open space, affordability, and sustainability along with the formal concerns associated with each projects context.

Bruce A. Stieve AIA CNU, Principal

EDUCATION

Bruce graduated with Honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Building Arts in 1989 with a Master of Architecture Degree; He was on the Deans List and received the Outstanding Architecture Student award in 1985 and again in 1989. He has continued his studies taking courses at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Bruce has spent the past eighteen years focusing on the architectural design of custom homes, commercial / office facilities, public buildings and urban multi family and mixed use projects. College studies in the historically preserved City of Savannah Georgia helped foster a strong respect for the historic architecture of American cities, and have greatly influenced the design ideals of this architect, many of the projects Bruce has designed with the firm are contemporary interpretations of older building styles and respect and blend with their neighbors and context.

CERTIFICATION

Licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Architects Since 1996

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects


Engineering, Planning, Landscape Architecture and Surveying

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Dresdner Robin

Founded in 1978 by Allen Dresdner, “Dresdner Associates” provided master plan and site planning services to municipal and private sector clients within New Jersey. Partnering with Edward Robin, Dresdner Robin expanded its work focus to include environmental impact and environmental assessment services for land development projects in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. An early pioneer in “Brownfields” projects, the Company relocated to Jersey City in 1985 and continued to focus on planning and environmental impact/assessment work. Notable projects include Newport, Hudson Exchange and Porte Liberte redevelopment projects in Jersey City.

Planning Consultant
Ed Kolling

Director for Planning Services for Dresdner Robin, has over 25 years of experience and specializes in the areas of Redevelopment, Economic Development and Community Planning. He has prepared redevelopment plans in larger cities such as Jersey City, Union City and Elizabeth and smaller communities such as Bayonne, Asbury Park, Roselle and Livingston. The scale of these plans has ranged from high-rise, high density residential, commercial, office and mixed-use developments to smaller scale commercial and residential projects; and have been prepared for municipalities, public housing authorities, and private developers. His experience includes project coordination; preparation of redevelopment plans, grant applications and development applications; testimony and presentations to Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment throughout the State; design of parks, plazas and streetscapes; site plan review; development of land use regulations; and studies and site plans for both large and small site specific developments. Mr. Kolling also has extensive and varied experience in the fields of Community and Urban Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree Land Management & Planning/Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University and also is a licensed Landscape Architect and Professional Planner in the state of NJ.


Redevelopment/Marketing

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GRID Real Estate, LLC

Robert P. Antonicello Principal and Founder

Grid Real Estate is a boutique real estate brokerage and advisory firm dedicated to the renewal and regeneration of communities through redevelopment. Decades of experience in both the private and public sector has provided us with a clear understanding of the risk-and-opportunity balancing act property owners and governmental entities confront.

At Grid, we provide clients with workable solutions to transform distressed assets and surplus real estate into successful redevelopment projects via smart, reasoned, market-based real estate deals. We understand the process, the players and the market fluctuations and are experienced in evaluating risk and opportunity – both hidden and future – in the face of government and private influences. We believe experience and expertise are the hallmarks of a successful project.

Robert P. Antonicello is a broker/advisor specializing in urban and suburban redevelopment projects, including brokerage, acquisition, entitlement, consulting and development. He has 35 years of diverse experience in local government and the private sector, with a focus on redevelopment, entitlement, economic development, and public-private partnerships. He has served in various leadership positions in local government, ranging from Director of Neighborhood Planning to his eight years as Executive Director for the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA).

As Executive Director for JCRA, New Jersey’s largest and oldest municipal redevelopment agency, Mr. Antonicello was responsible for many high-profile projects in Jersey City’s redevelopment, including the Powerhouse Project, the Journal Square Vision Plan and its successful green workforce-housing program. Mr. Antonicello’s broad area of expertise includes project facilitation, project entitlement, site assemblage, environmental remediation and developer selection. Mr. Antonicello has earned a reputation as a “bridge” between the local government and private development community.

His vast and diverse background includes 25 years as owner/manager of a successful commercial real estate firm, responsible for the sale of many landmark building and large development sites in Jersey City and Hoboken. Early in his career, he served both as a City Planner and Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services for the City of Jersey City. In December 2008, he was named Public Official of the Year by the Urban Land Institute of Northern New Jersey.

Mr. Antonicello is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and a former North Jersey District Council Chairperson. He now serves as the Governance Chair for the ULI District Council.

Mr. Antonicello has a BA in Urban Affairs from Rutgers University and a Masters of Real Estate Development from New York University.