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The Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation tapped Colliers International to fill 200,000 square feet of space at Grand Central Plaza at 622 Third Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.
The vacant space on floors seven through 11 and in the former Blue Cross building’s tower already attracted interest from a fashion company, a publishing company, an accounting firm, a consulting firm and two software companies, said Robert Tunis, the Colliers broker who is marketing the space along with colleagues Alex Jinishian, Seth Hecht and Eric Ferriello.
Integreon Managed Solutions will consolidate its New York offices at 1450 Broadway after the company signed a 7-year lease for a 7,532-square-foot portion of the building’s 11th floor. Asking rent for the space was $55 per square foot.
The company, which provides legal, research and business support solutions, will relocate and expand within 1450 Broadway and move from 622 Third Avenue, where it has maintained an additional New York office.
Charles Cohen is in the business of creating. As the president and chief executive officer of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, Mr. Cohen oversees a portfolio of properties and design centers in New York, Florida, Texas and California. He also executive produced the Academy Award-winning Frozen River and runs Cohen Media Group, a distributor and producer of foreign and independent films. Mr. Cohen’s father, Sherman Cohen, the developer who built CBRC into a powerhouse with his two brothers, died late last month at 91. And while Mr. Cohen politely declined to answer direct questions about his father, he did speak to The Commercial Observer about his legacy when discussing recent developments at the firm and in New York real estate. Mr. Cohen also spoke enthusiastically about the film industry and this year’s crop of new movies, which will be in the national spotlight when the Academy Awards airs this Sunday.
The Commercial Observer: In 2011, you told The Commercial Observer that you and the rest of the real estate industry were moving at 25 miles per hour. What was the speed in 2012?
Mr. Cohen: In New York, we’re going twice as fast as last year, but not fast enough.
Landlord Charles Cohen is gearing up for vacancy at 622 Third Avenue.
The nearly 900,000-square-foot office tower has about 200,000 square feet of space that Mr. Cohen says is soon set to come available as several leases at the property expire.