Post-Tropical Storm Sandy
Ironically, it seems that Hurricane Sandy, while delivering a fierce blow to Lower Manhattan, has in fact helped the submarket to bounce back with something of a vengeance.
Overall new leasing increased 21 percent in the 12 months after Sandy compared to the previous 12 months, firms are migrating to Lower Manhattan (in many some Read More
55 Water Street will welcome GT Nexus to its tenant roster.
GT Nexus, operating the world’s largest cloud-based platform for global supply chain management, will be moving its offices from 75 Maiden Lane to 55 Water Street. Given 55 Water Street’s powerhouse nature–a 3.8-million-square-foot building located directly above a ConEd power system and offering expansive floor-plates–space in the building Read More
New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. has inked a 220,000-square-foot deal in the Financial District.
Operating all of the public hospitals and clinics in New York City, HHC will be moving its headquarters off of the fifth floor of 346 Broadway to 55 Water Street. The new office will take three of the massive floor plates of 55 Water Street, spanning across the 24th, 25th, and 26th floor to comprise its 220,000-square-foot office.
Hughes, Hubbard & Reed has signed a 226,416-square-foot lease at Rudin Management Company’s One Battery Park Plaza – one of the largest Lower Manhattan deals of the year, which follows a surge in demand for big blocks of space.
The international law firm’s 20-year lease spans nearly 11 floors, comprising floors 10 through 18, a Read More
While it did not rival what some recalled as a “blistering” second quarter, the Manhattan commercial real estate office market continued to gain momentum in the third quarter, and most real estate observers took the growth as a sign of more to come.
Positive absorption and rising rents throughout Manhattan are on track to rain in a strong end to the year, as Midtown remained steady, Midtown South shined, and Downtown turned heads.
While the story in Midtown South over the past two years has inarguably been Class B and, to a lesser extent, Class C buildings and their increasing cachet among tech startups, the story in lower Manhattan is still all about Class A properties. With approximately five million square feet of new inventory coming online next year with the completion of 1 World Trade Center, the market will boast some of the most efficient and modern space in all of Manhattan.
More immediately, however, approximately two million square feet of space at the World Financial Center is expected to be made available by next month, thanks to lease rollovers by Nomura and Deloitte, among other major tenants. With such availability of Class A space, no wonder the asset class saw a 30 percent uptick in leasing from last February. Jonathan Mazur, director of research at Cushman & Wakefield, clued The Commercial Observer in on some other big statistical changes in lower Manhattan last week and gave us a sense of what’s to come in 2013.
The announcement last week that Liberty Mutual had signed a 10-year, 120,000-square-foot lease at 55 Water Street was a rare and welcome piece of good news at a building and corridor of lower Manhattan exceptionally hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy.
The 53-story Financial District skyscraper took on 32 million gallons of water following the October 29 natural disaster. A month later, 30 people were treated for injuries after the basement caught fire during electric repair work. News that Liberty Mutual would be doubling its footprint in the property no doubt came as a relief to the landlord, New Water Street Corp., as it poured $200 million worth of renovations into the ailing tower.
The woes of the building at 55 Water Street are emblematic of those afflicting Manhattan commercial properties affected by Sandy. Accounting firms working on their behalf as they seek damages are all too familiar with the sort of cascading problems wrought by the storm that require a web of insurance plans and clauses spanning wind, flood, blackout and business interruption insurance.
Liberty Mutual has signed a 10-year, 120,000-square-foot lease at 55 Water Street, a success story to emerge amid a massive renovation project launched in response to a string of misfortunes brought by Hurricane Sandy.
The insurance company doubles its space in the building with the deal, moving from the 18th floor to the 22nd and 23rd floors.
“It’s great news for the landlord and it’s great news for Downtown,” said CBRE’s Brad Gerla, who represented the landlord with Mary Ann Tighe, Howard Fiddle and Evan Haskel.
New Water Street Corp. is putting $200 million into the building after it took on some 32 million gallons of water during the storm. The project includes the transport of key electrical, mechanical and communications equipment to the 3rd floor and storm-proofing to protect against future disasters.
“This landlord went over and above to secure the building and to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again,” Mr. Gerla said.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, Virgo Business Centers made 27,321 square feet of temporary, furnished office space available at 14 Penn Plaza. Companies displaced by Hurricane Sandy filed in one by one, and by the following Thursday, the space was full.
“Typically, that process takes about a year,” said Pasha Erkin, director of sales at the company. “It’s all about readiness. You could literally bring me 40 people today, and I could have the space ready tomorrow. All you have to do is walk in, flip on a switch, plug in and start working.”
In that building alone, the company took on 177 employees from displaced companies like Coronet, amfAR, Linda Decorato, Ambrose and others located on the eastern tip of Downtown and other areas hit hard by the hurricane.