Anthony V. Bastardi is a recognized leader in managing the development, financing, planning, design and construction of large-scale, urban mixed-use developments, as well as complex institutional facilities for the education and healthcare sectors. As Chairman and CEO of Strategic Development Group (SDG), he has developed nearly 2,000 rental apartments in Jersey City, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, as well as more than 700 senior living and skilled nursing units throughout New Jersey.
Early in his career, Mr. Bastardi developed a passion for the challenges of real estate development through his experience launching a chain of artisanal pasta restaurants. Since then, he has emerged as a visionary in the field of urban redevelopment. A hallmark of Mr. Bastardi’s projects is imagination: His expertise has transformed under-used, urban spaces into vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods that creatively blend residential, retail, cultural and entertainment offerings.
Through Strategic Development Group’s subsidiary, Strategic Development Partners, Mr. Bastardi has assembled a team of widely respected real estate professionals and investors to advance an exciting new development that will reignite Newark’s renaissance and take the city to the next level. Branded “Vibe” to reflect its appeal to young, urban professionals, the city’s newest skyscraper will feature upscale residences with resort-style amenities in Newark’s Living Downtown Redevelopment Area, the city’s hottest district, just a two-block walk to the Prudential Arena.
Under Mr. Bastardi’s leadership, Strategic Development Group also created and master developed University Place, a 26-acre, $400 million mixed-use residential, commercial, educational and performing arts complex on Jersey City’s emerging West Side.
A founding partner of Construction Technology Corporation, Mr. Bastardi earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honor from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Industrial and Management Engineering from Columbia University. He has been recognized for his service to many non-profit boards in New Jersey, including the board of trustees of Public Media New Jersey, which operates NJTV, New Jersey’s PBS affiliate; the Independent College Fund of New Jersey; Caldwell University; and the Board of Directors of the New Jersey City University Foundation.