Robert P. Antonicello
Grid Real Estate, LLC.
Principal and Founder, Jersey City, Ridgewood, New Jersey, NJ.
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 30 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 an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate at the New Jersey City University(NJCU)- School of Business. In addition, he sits on the NJCU Foundation Board. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a former North Jersey District Council Chairperson and has served 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.