Research Firm Takes Full Floor at RXR’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas

1330 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

1330 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Economic research firm Cornerstone Macro is relocating its offices within Midtown after agreeing to take 16,300 square feet at RXR Realty’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas, Commercial Observer has learned.

The company agreed late last week to a 10-year lease for the entire fifth floor at the 40-story, roughly 526,000-square-foot office building between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, according to sources with knowledge of the transaction. Cornerstone Macro is expected to move from its current location at nearby 650 Fifth Avenue, where it occupies nearly 11,000 square feet, in the summer of 2018.

Asking rent in the deal was in the high $70s per square foot, sources said. The tenant was represented in the transaction by Garett Varricchio and Jessica Tenenbaum of MHP Real Estate Services, while RXR’s Alexandra Budd represented the landlord in-house alongside Cushman & Wakefield’s Peter Trivelas.

“Cornerstone Macro wanted to align themselves with an excellent and reputable landlord, and they were able to achieve that through this transaction with RXR,” Varricchio told CO.

The same cannot be said for the reputation of Cornerstone Macro’s current landlord at 650 Fifth Avenue, the Alavi Foundation, which is notorious for its connections with the Iranian government. In June, a federal district court jury ruled that the U.S. government could seize the 36-story office tower after it was determined that the nonprofit foundation, which owns a 60 percent stake in the property, violated U.S. sanctions against Iran via its partnership with Assa Corp. Assa functioned as a front for an Iranian state-controlled bank that owned the remaining 40 percent of 650 Fifth Avenue, until a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the government could seize Assa’s share.

But Varricchio said that Cornerstone Macro’s move to 1330 Avenue of the Americas was more motivated by the tenant’s desire to stay in Midtown—as well as the “boutique nature of the building,” given its relatively smaller floor plates compared to most of the surrounding Class A office stock.

Law firm CKR Law recently doubled its footprint at 1330 Avenue of the Americasafter inking a lease for the entire 16,300-square-foot 12th floor, as CO first reported last week. That deal took CKR Law’s total square footage at the property to nearly 33,000 square feet.

An RXR spokeswoman confirmed the deal but declined further comment. Representatives for Cushman & Wakefield did not immediately provide comment.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/research-firm-cornerstone-macro-nyc-office-rxr-realty-1330-avenue-of-the-americas/

BY REY MASHAYEKHI NOVEMBER 9, 2017 12:40 PM

The Beekman Group Grows With Move to Nearly 8K SF at 530 Fifth Avenue

530 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

530 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

The Beekman Group, a private equity firm based in New York City, is moving from just under 5,000 square feet at 489 Fifth Avenue to 7,803 square feet in the nearby 530 Fifth Avenue between West 44th and West 45th Streets, Commercial Observer has learned.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Douglas Dolgoff told CO that The Beekman Group, founded in 2004, outgrew its space and rather than take two floors at 489 Fifth Avenue, it opted for a full tower floor (23) at the 26-story, 536,135-square-foot 530 Fifth Avenue. The building’s office portion is owned by RXR Realty and a partnership of Thor Equities and General Growth Properties owns the retail space.

“The main driver was trying to keep the location as close to the old location,” Dolgoff said. “We had a tight set of parameters for where they wanted to end up.”

Beekman liked that RXR agreed to deliver a turnkey installation so “they didn’t have to come out of pocket for construction costs,” Dolgoff said. The value of that construction, he estimated, is about $130 or $140 per square foot.

The lease is for eight years with an asking rent of $85 per square foot, an RXR spokeswoman indicated. Beekman will move in upon completion of the construction, she added.

Avison Young’s John RyanAnthony LoPresti and Michael Leff represented the landlord along with Dan Birney and Alexandra Budd of RXR. An Avison Young spokesman didn’t respond with a comment.

Tenants include movie and television show producer Lionsgate in 34,300 square feet, as CO previously reported, and financial firm Ameriprise Financial in about 21,000 square feet.

Merrill Lynch takes 125K sf at 75 Rockefeller Plaza

Landlord RXR Realty poured $150M into renovations since 2014

From left: 717 Fifth Avenue, 75 Rockefeller Plaza and RXR’s Scott Rechler

From left: 717 Fifth Avenue, 75 Rockefeller Plaza and RXR’s Scott Rechler

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is trading its Fifth Avenue digs for four floors at RXR Realty’s newly-renovated 75 Rockefeller Plaza.

The investment company signed a lease for 125,000 square feet on the second through fifth floors of the 623,000-square-foot building, Commercial Observer reported. Since 1998, Merrill Lynch has roughly the same amount of space 717 Fifth, according to CoStar.

Terms of Merrill’s long-term lease at 75 Rock were not reported, but asking rents in Midtown averaged $81 per foot during the first three months of 2016, according to Colliers International.

Scott Rechler’s RXR took control of the building in 2013 when it signed a 99-year, triple-net lease with the owner, British billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed. It has poured $150 million into renovations since the 2014 departure of anchor tenant Time Warner Cable.

Merrill was represented by CBRE’s Robert Alexander, Ryan Alexander, Ramneek Rikhy and Emily Jones. Cushman & Wakefield’s Bruce Mosler, Tara Stacom and Mikael Nahmias represented RXR.

In addition to Merrill, other tenants include doll brand American Girl, which signed a 40,000-square-foot lease at the building’s retail space. Last year, Bank of America took a 200,000-square-foot lease at 75 Rock. [CO] – E.B. Solomont

https://therealdeal.com/2016/06/21/merrill-lynch-takes-125k-sf-at-75-rockefeller-plaza/

Citigroup closes on $1.8B buy of Tribeca HQ from SL Green

Bank had sold 388-390 Greenwich Street in 2007

From left: Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat, 388Greenwich Street and Marc Holliday

From left: Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat, 388Greenwich Street and Marc Holliday

UPDATED, June 13, 6:35 p.m.: Citigroup closed on the repurchase of its Tribeca headquarters at 388-390 Greenwich Street from SL Green Realty for $1.76 billion, according to public records filed with the city Monday.

The banking giant sold the two buildings to SL Green and Ivanhoe Cambridge for $1.6 billion in 2007. At the time, it secured an option to repurchase the buildings, which it now made use of. The Real Deal reported Citigroup’s plans to buy back the tower in January.

Citigroup’s headquarters consists of the nine-story, 760,000-square-foot building 390 Greenwich Street and the adjacent 39-story, 1.59-million-square-foot tower 388 Greenwich Street. Both are currently leased out to the bank.

Citi had named the buildings as its global headquarters in January and is currently renovating them. “As the establishment of our global headquarters in Lower Manhattan shows, we are committed to the city remaining our home for years to come,” a spokesperson for the bank told TRD.

SL Green had bought out Ivanhoe Cambridge in 2014 for $783 million, meaning it will receive all proceeds from the sale. In April, the company announced that it will use the money “to repay approximately $345 million of its corporate credit facility and retire the $1.45 billion mortgage” from Wells Fargo on the building.

When SL Green first announced the pending deal in January, it put the price at $2 billion. It wasn’t immediately clear why the final sales price is more than $200 million lower. A spokesperson for SL Green could not immediately be reached.

The sale marks New York’s largest commercial real estate deal of 2016 to-date. The runner up is 1285 Sixth Avenue, which RXR Realty, David Werner Real Estate and China Life bought for $1.65 billion in May. Also in May, Saudi-based Olayan Group bought the Sony Building at 550 Madison Avenue from Clipper Equity and the Chetrit Group for $1.4 billion. Both deals were first reported by TRD.

UBS Renews 900K-SF Lease at 1285 Avenue of the Americas

THE EQUITABLE BUILDING AT 1285 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS.

THE EQUITABLE BUILDING AT 1285 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS.

Swiss bank UBS has renewed its roughly 900,000-square-foot space at the 1.7-million-square-foot Equitable Building at 1285 Avenue of the Americas, a building RXR Realty and real estate investor David Werner picked up today for $1.65 billion.

UBS, which occupies floors eight to 20, 37, 38 and 39 of the 42-story building, had a lease that expired in 2020, but was renewed until 2033, a source with knowledge of the deal said. Crain’s New York Business first reported the news about the lease.

CBRE‘s Robert Alexander represented UBS in the lease and RXR represented itself in-house, the source said. Mr. Alexander declined to comment, as per a CBRE spokeswoman.

RXR’s purchase of the 42-story building between West 51st and West 52nd Streets from AXA Financial and J.P. Morgan Asset Management marks one of the biggest office building sales so far this year in New York City, Crain’s noted.

“Overall, this was a very large, complicated deal where we had to restructure, extend and amend the UBS lease,” Michael Maturo, the president and the chief financial officer of RXR, told CO earlier today. “Morgan Stanley and AIG did a terrific job working through the complexities of getting comfortable with the UBS extension.”

Other major tenants in the building include law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, in 580,651 square feet, according to CoStar Group, and advertising agency network BBDO Worldwide in 323,368 square feet.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/05/ubs-renews-900k-sf-lease-at-1285-avenue-of-the-americas/