Law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler has signed a 20-year lease for 200,000 square feet of at the recently renovated 1133 Sixth Avenue in Times Square, The Commercial Observer has learned.
The firm resigned a lease for floors 18 through 26 that it first inked 20 years ago. The Durst Organization’s in-house broker Tom Bow represented the landlord, while Ira Schuman of Studley represented the tenant – the same brokers who completed the firm’s lease in the building 20 years ago.
The 1.1 million square foot, 45-story Emery Roth & Sons-designed building was completed by The Durst Organization in 1970 and recently underwent a seven-month lobby renovation, overseen by the architecture firm Gensler.
Financial services firm Sterne Agee has inked a 9-year expansion for 23,000 square feet at 277 Park Avenue, Andrew Sachs, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield, who represented the tenant, confirmed with The Commercial Observer. Asking rents in the building range from $65 to $85 per square foot depending on location, he noted.
Currently, Sterne Agee occupies 46,000 square feet in the building on the 24th and 25th floors. The new lease does not include a renewal for the previous space, according to Mr. Sachs. The firm moved to its current location in 2011.
“[Sterne Agee] is a fairly opportunistic organization that is seeing growth across a number of different business lines,” Mr. Sachs said. “It was a shrewd move on their part.”
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.
Focus Financial Partners has signed an 11,923-square-foot office lease at The Durst Organization’s 825 Third Avenue in Midtown East.
The partnership of wealth management firms relocates to the 40-story, 544,000-square-foot office tower from the 7,400-square-foot space it previously occupied at 909 Third Avenue.
“The building offered a well-priced alternative along Third Avenue with great light, city views and an efficient floor plate configuration,” said Greg Kraut, principal and managing director of Avison Young’s New York City office in a statement, who represented the tenant with Dana Trulis and Paul Massey. “We are very pleased to have been able to identify a new office location for Focus that effectively addresses the firm’s business needs… this area of Third Avenue has become a destination for companies in search of value in a strategic Midtown locale with great access to transportation.”
Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP has renewed its 30,000-square-foot lease at 99 Park Avenue in Midtown’s Grand Central submarket for an additional ten years, sources tell The Commercial Observer.
The firm sealed the deal for the seventh floor — which was set to expire in 2015 — through May 2026, hoping to lock rents Read More