Park Avenue braces for 2M sf of empty office space

Citibank, Major League Baseball plan to move in next few years

It may get a whole lot easier to find office space on Park Avenue pretty soon, as a series of upcoming departures is set to leave landlords with roughly 2 million square feet to fill.

From left: 277 Park Avenue, 270 Park Avenue, 299 Park Avenue and 425 Park Avenue

From left: 277 Park Avenue, 270 Park Avenue, 299 Park Avenue and 425 Park Avenue

The vacancies — courtesy of tenants like Citibank, Major League Baseball and others — could impact 10 percent of the office submarket, which stretches from East 45th to East 59th streets, Crain’s reported.

In addition to Citibank and MLB, other major tenants are weighing their options, including investment firm BlackRock , which could leave its 700,000 square foot digs at 345 Park and 40 East 52nd Avenue and move to Hudson Yards or the World Trade Center when its lease expires in 2023. JPMorgan Chase, meanwhile, is planning to leave its 300,000-square-foot digs at 277 Park in order to consolidate at 270 Park and 383 Madison Avenue.”What you’re seeing is a migration to newer product,” said CBRE’s Mary Ann Tighe. “The age of these buildings is catching up to them.”

According to data from Cushman & Wakefield, Park Avenue offices have an average age of 55.6 years, and many have lower ceilings and structural columns. Meanwhile, many finance companies — which currently occupy roughly 70 percent of Park Avenue’s 22 million square feet of space — are weighing smaller spaces in light of shrinking profits.

Landlords say the vacancies are a number of years away, giving them ample time to find new tenants. And some are looking at the impending vacancies as an opportunity to upgrade their properties or diversify their tenant base.

At 299 Park, Boston Properties is spending $50 million to upgrade the building after Citibank vacates 385,000 square feet next year. “Large tenants have left Park Avenue before, and the space always gets filled,” said John Powers, who heads Boston Properties’ New York office.

Meanwhile, L&L Holding Co. is currently building 425 Park, a 670,000-square-foot tower where hedge fund Citadel has already committed to 200,000 square feet at an average of $175 per foot, including a penthouse space that rents for roughly $300 per square foot.

And Vornado Realty Trust — responding to expectations that the city could rezone part of Midtown East — is attaching clauses to its leases at 350 Park to allow it to clear out the building and replace it with a state-of-the-art spire.

[Crain’s]E.B. Solomont, The Real Deal, August 22, 2016 11:00AM

Tailwind Capital Renews 14K-SF Lease at SL Green’s 485 Lexington Avenue

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE (PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP).

Private equity company Tailwind Capital has signed an early renewal for its 14,206-square-foot offices at SL Green Realty Corp.’s 485 Lexington Avenue.

The investment firm will remain on the entire 23rd floor of the 32-story Midtown office tower between East 46th and East 47th Streets, which is also known as the Grand Central Square, according to the tenant’s broker CBRE. The firm declined to provide the asking rent in the five-year deal.

A CBRE team of Evan FiddleBen Friedland and Michael Movshovich represented the tenant. While Tailwind Capital looked around at other buildings for its offices, it “ultimately found that 485 Lexington was the best solution for them,” Mr. Fiddle said, without providing further explanation.

Natasha Brown and David Kaufman of SL Green represented the landlord in-house on the transaction. Kaufman did not return a request for comment.

SL Green bought the 925,364-square-foot steel and glass building at 485 Lexington Avenue and the nearby 750 Third Avenue for a combined $480 million in 2004 from pension fund TIAA-CREF, according to city records.

Current tenants in the tower include insurance agency The Travelers Companies, investment firm GoldenTree Asset Management and printer and photo-copying equipment company Xerox Corporation.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/06/tailwind-capital-renews-14k-sf-lease-at-sl-greens-485-lexington-avenue/