Lease Beat

Another Tech Support Firm Signs at 100 Wall Street


Apex Systems, Inc. has signed a new seven-year, 4,318-square-foot lease at Savanna’s 100 Wall Street, Commercial Observer has learned.

The company, a leading provider of information tech staffing, follows a string of tech/creative tenants that have filled roughly 50,000 square feet in the Downtown building over the last 15 months.

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The Sit-Down

Kevin Hoo’s Tweet Victory

Kevin Hoo

Kevin Hoo’s prior experience with UBS AG and later Tishman Speyer allowed him to slip seamlessly into a role as a vice president at Savanna in 2011, where as an asset manager he handles everything from financing acquisitions to choosing building finishes, leasing them up and handling day-to-day operations. “We run a fairly lean team here,” he said. “My role has been to play the jack of all trades.” At Tishman Speyer, Mr. Hoo’s acquisition, development, design and construction roles saw him focusing on properties as iconic as Rockefeller Center and the MetLife Building, but as he tells it, Savanna’s recent repositioning of 245 and 249 West 17th Street, now home to Twitter’s New York City headquarters, is the most exciting endeavor he has been a part of. Read More

Lease Beat

Twitter Inks Deal for New York City Headquarters


Twitter has leased 141,000 square feet of space for its New York City headquarters at Savanna’s 245 and 249 West 17th Street in Chelsea.

Landing the major tenant is a big payoff for Savanna, which purchased the properties in November 2012 for a reported $76 million and re-launched them in November 2013 following a $21 million overhaul.  

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Limelight Networks Signs Lease at Savanna’s 100 Wall Street

100 Wall Street.

Limelight Networks has signed an eight-year, 4,071-square-foot lease for a portion of the fifth floor at Savanna’s 100 Wall Street, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The new lease follows on the heels of an announcement in October that El Al Airlines, the national airline of Israel, had signed a 10-year, 14,918-square-foot lease on the fourth floor at Lower Manhattan property.

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Lease Beat

Luxoft Relocation Downtown Illustrates Broader Tech Shift

100 Wall Street

Luxoft USA, Inc. has signed a roughly 4,700-square-foot, 10-year lease for a portion of the fifth floor at Savanna’s 100 Wall Street.

The software development and IT solutions provider relocates to the building from its former Penn Plaza location, representative of a broader shift among tech tenants moving Downtown.

“We definitely are seeing an influx of Read More

Lease Beat

Savanna Donates Space at 100 Wall Street for Artist Residency Program

100 Wall Street

Real estate private equity firm Savanna has donated space to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for its artist residency program for the second year in a row, it was announced earlier this week. LMCC will utilize 8,409 square feet at 100 Wall Street through summer 2013.

Last year, Savanna donated the entire 11,250-square-foot 21st floor at 80 Broad Street for LMCC’s use. The donated space is used as an incubator for dance, theatre, art and digital media. The organization will incubate up to 20 projects, according to Melissa Levin, director of cultural programs at LMCC. Read More

Lease Beat

100 Wall Street Welcomes Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum


Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum has signed a deal for an office in the Financial District, it was announced.

The personal injury law firm will be taking a 3,822-square-feet office on the 15th floor of Savanna-owned 100 Wall Street. The firm represents clients throughout the city and the metropolitan area on personal injury, medical malpractice and product Read More

Sales Beat

Savanna Pays $75.8M for Adjacent Chelsea Loft Buildings

249 West 17th Street -- the former Siegel-Cooper warehouse

New York-based real estate private equity and asset management firm Savanna has closed on its acquisition of two adjacent loft-style office buildings at 245 West 17th Street and 249 West 17th Street in Chelsea for $75.8 million, city records show.

Originally a dry goods warehouse and wagon house for the Siegel-Cooper Company department store, the property at 249 West 17th Street is a 145,000-square-foot, six-story building.  The other property, equal in square footage, is 12 stories high.

The two properties have a combined 40,000 square feet of office space and are located within a couple blocks of Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District and Google’s 111 Eighth Avenue. Read More


Google’s Presence in Penn Plaza Draws New Media and Advertising Agencies

Penn Plaza Boundaries.

Penn Plaza, the area surrounding Penn Station, has historically been a hub for firms that rely on transportation, namely the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit. Recent development, however, has taken the district in a new direction.

“We are seeing a wave of social media, advertising, marketing and high fashion tenants taking advantage of the still favorable value differential in the Penn Station submarket,” said Kevin Hoo, the vice president of Savanna. “Google’s presence at 111 Eighth Avenue and the tightening in that market has also begun to drive creative tenants northward into this submarket.

“We think that the transformation of Manhattan’s West Side has already begun and that these new tenants continue to provide increasing momentum in that direction,” Mr. Hoo added. Read More