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PA to Vote on 1 WTC Pre-Built Expansion Wednesday

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will vote on a proposal Wednesday to invest an additional $23.5 million into the Durst Organization‘s pre-built program for smaller office spaces at 1 World Trade Center, according to a board meeting agenda posted on the agency’s website last week.

The proposal would pay for one full additional floor of divided spaces under 20,000-square-feet plus multi-tenant renovations on 10 floors in the building with an octagonal floor plan and plates between 32,000 and 48,000 square feet, according to the agency. Recent leases for Cushman & Wakefield, the Westfield Corp., Legends Hospitality and BMB Group in spaces ranging from 2,191 square feet to 12,000 square feet show the success of the approach in the 3-million-square foot skyscraper, said Jordan Barowitz, Durst’s director of external affairs. Read More

Lease Beat

Servcorp Takes 35K SF at 1 WTC

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Servcorp, a global provider of equipped executive offices and virtual office space, has signed a 15-year lease for 34,775 square feet on the 85th floor at 1 World Trade Center. The lease marks the fourth Manhattan location for the Australia-based company. Servcorp represented itself in yesterday’s transaction and The Durst Organization‘s Robert Becker represented Durst, according to the New York Post, which first reported the deal.

Featuring boardrooms, private offices and private workstations, Servcorp’s 1 World Trade Center location will open in the first quarter of next year, Durst and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a release. The Port Authority developed the 1,776-square-foot tall, 3-million-square-foot office building and Durst operates and leases it. Read More

Lease Beat

Two Tenants Lease 1 WTC Pre-Built Spaces [Updated]

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The Durst Organization and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey have signed two 10-year leases for a total of 6,950 square feet of pre-built space at 1 World Trade Center.

Legends Hospitality Group has taken 4,759 square feet on the 45th floor of 1 World Trade to house its team developing the One World Observatory on the building’s 101st and 102nd floors. Legends Hospitality is a division of Legends, the sports and entertainment company. Read More

Lease Beat

Ad Agency KiDS Signs 1 World Trade Center Lease

(Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

KiDS Creative has signed a 15-year lease for the entire 34,775-square-foot 87th floor of 1 World Trade Center. The ad agency’s deal is the first new lease at the downtown tower for nearly three years.

“KiDS and 1 World Trade Center make a perfect match,” said Eric Engelhardt, the director of leasing at 1 World Trade Center for The Durst Organization, in a prepared statement. “KiDS is destined to a bright future at the top of 1 World Trade Center, the world’s most prestigious business address.” Read More

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Could String of World Trade Center Leases Appease Critics?


Hugo Boss is reportedly in talks with the Port Authority and the Durst Organization to take tens of thousands of square feet of office space at 1 World Trade Center, the latest in a string of rumored deals that could spark a new tone of optimism across the trade center site.

The news comes amid talk that online marketing software company Percolate is also in negotiations for 50,000 square feet at the gleaming tower. In addition, software developer MediaMath is said to be wrapping up a 120,000-square-foot lease at 4 World Trade Center, according to published reports.

A source close to the negotiations told Commercial Observer that the Hugo Boss deal is “not happening anytime soon,” calling the reports of a potential 100,000-square-foot commitment a “huge exaggeration.” Read More


Top 1WTC Security Officer Resigns


The Durst Organization is reportedly looking for a successor to replace a top security official who resigned following a series of incidents that exposed seemingly gaping holes in security at 1 World Trade Center.

David Velazquez, assistant security director at the site, will not leave the firm until The Durst Organization has found a replacement. Read More


Teen Sneaks to Top of 1 World Trade Center

(Credit: NY Daily News via Twitter)

A 16-year-old boy from New Jersey was arrested this morning after making his way to the top of the country’s tallest skyscraper at 1 World Trade Center.

He reportedly squeezed though a one-foot opening in a fence surrounding the building, climbed scaffolding up to the sixth floor, took an elevator to the 88th floor, followed a staircase up to the 104th floor, then climbed a ladder to the tower’s spire. Read More

Power Broker

Family Matters: Tara Stacom on 1 World Trade Center

Tara Stacom. (Credit: Cushman & Wakefield)

The Stacom name has become almost synonymous with the country’s biggest real estate projects and deals. The foundations of that reputation were laid back in 1962 when the late Matthew Stacom brokered the sale of the development site that would become the Sears Tower, the Chicago office property that would later be declared North America’s tallest building.

Mr. Stacom’s daughters, Tara and Darcy, grew up with a constant reminder of their father’s landmark transaction: a photo of the Sears Tower on the wall of the family’s home. Read More

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World Trade Center Fence to Come Down, Marking 13 Years of Progress

A portion of the fence that surrounds the World Trade Center site (Photo: AP)

The World Trade Center site experienced numerous milestones last year, and now the blue fence that cordoned the 16-acre site off for the last 13 years will reportedly come down this year to show them all off.

The process of removing the fence, which will begin as early as May, will allow for a free flow of pedestrian traffic between the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the rest of Lower Manhattan. 

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REBNY 2014

Such Great Heights: REBNY’S Year In Review


As the city and real estate market continued its post-recession surge over the past year, a number of significant milestones played out under the watchful eyes—and in some cases careful direction—of the Real Estate Board of New York that will shape the future of the city for decades to come.  Read More

Year in Real Estate

The 10 Biggest Leases of 2013


For two years in row, 1 World Trade Center scored among the city’s largest transaction, starting with 2011’s Condé Nast showstopper and following with last year’s 270,000-square-foot UGS deal. But in 2013, the buzz moved uptown when another marquee deal, L’Oreal’s 400,000-square-foot commitment to the Related Companies, stole the headlines at the new Hudson Yards development.

Last year was a relatively modest one compared to 2011 when it came to office leasing, but 2013 saw a significant rebound—the top 10 deals totaled more than 2.7 million square feet, a 50 percent increase year over year. Like 2012, a variety of sectors made the list, from financial services to law firms to the media and publishing industries.

Below are the top 10 leases of 2013 by square footage, courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield.

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How 1 World Trade Center Officially Became the Tallest Building in the U.S.


When construction workers hoisted the final crown atop 1 World Trade Center back in May, it reached its symbolic 1,776 feet. Flags
waved, onlookers cheered, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey proclaimed it the “tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.”

But great controversy regarding whether the tower would in fact dethrone Chicago’s Willis Tower ensued. The looming question: antennae or spire? The latter would solidify the accolade the Port Authority already touted, but the former would not. Last month, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat official ruled that a spire—not an antennae—sits atop the 104-story tower.

After the jump, a step-by-step guide to measuring a tall building and some key factors that played into the ruling at 1 WTC, as told to The Commercial Observer’s Al Barbarino by officials with the Council on Tall Buildings.

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Year in Real Estate

The Year in Commercial Real Estate


An astounding 54.3 million tourists are expected to have visited New York City by the end of this year, many of them for the first time. And while, of course, for many of these visitors, a runway at LaGuardia or the back of a cab driver’s head will be their first impressions of the city, the more memorable vision will be the one that has been enchanting tourists ever since 1870, when construction workers topped out the 130-foot tall Equitable Life Assurance Building, long considered the Big Apple’s first skyscraper. Read More

Lease Beat

US Army Corp, Customs to Join GSA at 1WTC


The US Army Corp of Engineers and the US Customs and Border Protection agency will reportedly share the General Services Administration space at 1 World Trade Center.

The agencies will occupy 270,000 square feet of space and plan to move into the tower in 2015, according to a report that first appeared in the Read More