Lower Manhattan 2013
South Street Seaport
Commercial leasing in lower Manhattan was strong in the fourth quarter last year, according to a new report from Alliance for Downtown New York, marking the best-performing quarter since 2006.
Fourth-quarter leasing activity in the Downtown Manhattan market was at 2.2 million square feet, up 46 percent from the prior quarter and 82 percent year-over-year, the report indicates. That was also more than double the five-year average.
Community Board 1 claims to have received assurances from the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Manhattan Borough President that the city will not move forward with the approval process for Howard Hughes Corporation’s planned redevelopment of the South Street Seaport before a community planning process is completed. The process may take the form of a community task force, according to board members, but the details have yet to be confirmed.
“Our chairperson announced that we are working together to figure out what the planning process will be,” Diana Switaj, CB1’s director of planning, told Commercial Observer. “It’s likely to be a task force, but we haven’t decided exactly.”
Leasing to post-secondary education tenants has increased by more than 80 percent since 2004 in Lower Manhattan, according to a January Lower Manhattan research report by the Alliance for Downtown New York. That is accompanied by a near doubling in student enrollment to about 50,000, all below Chambers Street.
Downtown Alliance Acting President William Bernstein attributes the 82 percent leasing increase downtown to the presence of the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Pace University as well as low rents and a healthy transit system.
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The first of at least two major dormitories in the pipeline at Pace University is open just in time for the beginning of the school year.
DNAinfo reported that 600 Pace University students have a new home in Lower Manhattan after the university’s 24-story dormitory at 180 Broadway opened this past weekend.
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Lower Manhattan 2013
Denny’s, the chain of 24-hour hour restaurants that calls itself “America’s diner,” signed its first New York City lease, and neighbors are queasy.
The company known for healthy portions of unhealthy grub has been eying Manhattan locations for some time, a spokesman told DNAinfo. Denny’s last year inked a deal for a ground floor space at the 23-story 150 Nassau Street, which went condo in 2003 and is a Grand Slamwich’s throw away from City Hall.
When David Falk toured Pace University’s new dormitory at 180 Broadway in January, he was struck not only by the gleaming facilities but also by what they said about the 107-year-old school.
Mr. Falk, the New York tristate region president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, has worked with the university since 1999. The new building “is beautiful,” Mr. Falk said. “It’s the new Pace.”
The transformed school has helped alter the real estate landscape of lower Manhattan. In the past 15 months, Pace has inked deals for the entire 47,000 square feet at 140 William Street, renewed a 32,707-square-foot office lease at 156 William Street, and, with partner SL Green, announced plans for a 30-story dormitory at 33 Beekman Street.
The 220,000-square-foot 180 Broadway—also a joint project with SL Green—came to light in the darkest days of the recession. Pace wanted to bring about 600 beds back to its lower Manhattan campus from Brooklyn Heights.
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When Viacom pulled the trigger on its 1.6-million-square-foot renewal and expansion at 1515 Broadway last year, SL Green Realty served up a stinging rebuke to swirling rumors that the media giant would relocate.
But company executives with the city’s largest landlord were well aware that the firm’s most coveted tenant had toyed with the idea Read More
Though it still makes up just two percent of the Manhattan office market’s total inventory, a number of significant deals have caused a surge in the education sector’s Manhattan footprint.
A report from CBRE attributes the 47 percent jump in office space leased by the sector – between 2005 and November 2012 – to a growing residential population, increases in enrollment at universities, campus expansions, greater availability and lower asking rents in sections of Midtown South and Downtown.
Convenience store chain 7-eleven has signed a long-term lease for roughly 2,500 square feet of retail space at 111 Fulton Street in the Financial District, The Commercial Observer has learned.
Ross Kaplan of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the landlord, while Ariel Schuster and Greg Covey at RKF represented the tenant.
“There’s a flurry of activity going on Downtown,” Mr. Kaplan said, who has represented the landlord for the last year. “Tourism and a dense commercial and residential population is a big draw for retailers in this part of town, especially quick-service shops.”
Au Bon Pain has signed a long-term lease for roughly 2,600 square feet of retail space at 111 Fulton Street in the Financial District, The Commercial Observer has learned.
Ross Kaplan of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the landlord, while Jacqueline Klinger of The Shopping Center Group represented the tenant.
“There’s a perfect storm going on Downtown,” said Mr. Kaplan, who has represented the landlord over the course of the last year. “The dense commercial and residential population, as well as the tourism in the area, is a great draw for retailers.”
An Israeli insurance and finance group and a local developer are partnering with SL Green Realty Corp. to build a tower for student housing at Pace University. Harel Insurance and Finance and the Naftali Group are developing a dormitory with the REIT at 33 Beekman Street.
Pace University has renewed its 32,707-square-foot lease at the downtown office building 156 William Street, sources have told The Commercial Observer.
The university will lease the building’s entire fifth floor and a portion of the eighth. Asking rents at the property, a 190,000-square-foot building owned by Capstone Equities, are in the $30s per square foot.
Pace University has reached an agreement to move into 140 William Street, taking the entire 50,000 square foot building for its dance and visual arts programs, The Commercial Observer has learned.
The school will be relocating from its current space at 280 Broadway
, said David Falk
, president of Newmark Knight Frank
who represented Pace in the deal.