James P. Stuckey is a real estate developer with three decades of expertise in both public and private land improvement. During his career, James P. Stuckey has served as President of the New York City Public Design Commission, the Managing Director of Gronich & Co., and President of the Atlantic Yards Development Co., among others. In 2009, with an extensive list of notable professional achievements behind him, Stuckey was appointed the divisional Dean and Clinical Professor at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. James P. Stuckey is currently the CEO and President of Verdant Properties, LLC®.
Although he began his real estate career many years prior, James P. Stuckey considers his appointment as the President of the New York City Public Development Corporation his first major accomplishment. While serving under Mayor Edward I. Koch, James P. Stuckey oversaw or participated in the development of many projects that continue to play a major role in the economic makeup of the city today. Through these real estate transactions - which included the development of the Citibank Center, the Astoria Motion Picture Studio, and the Staten Island Corporate Parks - James P. Stuckey helped secure 100,000 jobs in New York City. Total transactions initiated by Stuckey during this time exceed $15 billion.
James P. Stuckey’s accomplishments soon caught the attention of Gronich & Company. For his position as the Managing Director of this commercial leasing firm, James P. Stuckey is well known in the performing arts community for negotiating with Disney to restore the New Amsterdam Theater. This Broadway venue has showcased some of Disney’s most popular productions, including the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. As well, James P. Stuckey helped to create the World Trade Center’s Russian Trade and Cultural Center – an achievement that earned him the Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award in 1991.
After leaving Gronich & Co., James P. Stuckey went on to oversee the development of the Harlem Center, 330 Jay Street, and the 460-room Hilton Hotel on Times Square with Forest City Ratner Companies. Following the 9/11 attacks, Stuckey helped New York City begin to heal with the commencement of construction on 15 MetroTech Center South – the first Class A office building completed after the tragedy. This 675,000 square-foot commerce center is now the home of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which was one of the largest tenants of the World Trade Center. Additionally, James P. Stuckey assisted in the relocation of the Bank of New York when they were forced to find a new home after the attacks. While at Forest City Ratner, James P. Stuckey successfully managed several billion dollars of commercial real estate projects from inception to completion.
James P. Stuckey moved on and was named the President of the Atlantic Yards Development Group, where he managed all aspects of the Atlantic Yards project. This $4 billion planned development community includes over 6000 residential housing units and 600,000 s.f. of commercial space. James P. Stuckey worked alongside award winning architect Frank Gehry in the design and implementation of this property, which has created numerous jobs within the city.
During his tenure at the New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, James P. Stuckey created the institution’s Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development. He also assisted the school in the creation of their Center for the Sustainable Built Environment. As well, James P. Stuckey pioneered the school’s post-catastrophe learning program that has students currently focusing on reinforcing the infrastructure of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
James P. Stuckey has held memberships in the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, the New York City Transit Museum, the Young Presidents Organization, and has served as a Chairman for the Center Against Domestic Violence. James P. Stuckey is listed in the Jacques Marquis Center of Tibetan Art’s list of Who’s Who in America and previously authored a contemporary issues column for the Staten Island Advance.
Holding two masters degrees from St. John’s University and St. Joseph’s Seminary Institute for Religious Studies, James P. Stuckey often lectures at Harvard, Columbia, and St. John’s University. His personal interests include photography, bicycling, art, and golf. James P. Stuckey is also a gifted musician with proficiency in 10 different instruments. He lives in Florida with his wife and family.
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