“Recent activity shows a strong and continued appetite among existing tenants and those new to the market who are taking big blocks of office space,” the report says.
The top three Lower Manhattan commercial real estate leases signed in the first quarter of the year each exceeded 165,000 square feet.
Macmillan Science and Education relocated to 176,121 square feet at Brookfield Office Properties’ 1 New York Plaza, marking the largest lease of the first three months of the year. The 16-year lease covers the 46th, 47th and 48th floors, as well as a portion of the 45th, as Commercial Observer reported when the deal was in late-stage negotiations. Asking rents were $50 per square foot, sources told CO at the time.
That lease was followed in size by educational non-profit Teach for America‘s 172,744-square-foot relocation to floors 11 to 14 in 25 Broadway.
The third largest lease was Amerigroup‘s renewal at 14 Wall Street. The health insurer consolidated its offices in 165,029 square feet at 14 Wall Street in 2012, as CO previously reported.
Commercial leasing totaled 1.6 million square feet in the first quarter, representing the best quarter in more than a decade, the report says.