Real Estate and Politics

Rechler Weighs in on New Port Authority Chairman

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has elected former New Jersey Attorney General John Degnan as chairman of the bi-state agency’s Board of Commissioners. Scott Rechler, the CEO of RXR Realty and vice chairman of the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners, assumed the chairmanship following David Samson‘s resignation from the position in March. Along with Wednesday’s announcement of Mr. Degnan’s swearing in, the Port Authority indicated the board’s authorization of $90 million in improvements for its 64-year-old bus terminal. Commercial Observer checked in with Mr. Rechler to see how he felt about giving up the temporary chairman post, his greatest accomplishment while serving as chairman and his feelings about his replacement. Read More

Healthy Debate

Rechler: 3 World Trade Center Wrangling Is ‘Healthy’

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s fracas over construction financing for 3 World Trade Center has been a positive development in the scrutinized public agency’s quest for greater transparency, the vice chairman of the Port’s board claims.

RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler, who has led the agency’s board of commissioners since former Chairman David Samson resigned over the fallout from the George Washington Bridge scandal in March, praised the three-month debate over the Port’s potential backing of a loan that would help Silverstein Properties finish 3 World Trade Center. Read More

Building Sale

RXR Closes $330M 61 Bway Buy

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Last Friday, RXR Realty closed on its $330 million purchase of 61 Broadway at Exchange Place, Commercial Observer has learned.

The deal marks RXR’s entree into the lower Manhattan market. RXR wanted the 33-story building because “the building itself has a tremendous amount of character,” it’s a great block with “lots of air and light” and one of RXR’s tenants took a lease there, said Scott Rechler, chairman and chief executive officer at RXR. Read More

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Port Authority Delays Vote on 3 World Trade Center

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Port Authority commissioners expressed confidence they would reach agreement on a potential $1.2 billion loan guarantee for 3 World Trade Center Wednesday despite another delay in the vote on the contentious financing package.

Agency leaders are negotiating with Silverstein Properties, the developer of the proposed 80-story tower, to use more private capital and expose the Port Authority to less risk. But officials shared no timeline on a vote for the financing scheme and gave few details on the prospective capital providers. Read More

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Port Authority Delays Vote on 3 WTC Subsidies

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has postponed its vote on subsidies for Silverstein Properties3 World Trade Center until at least next month, according to published reports.

As previously reported, Scott Rechler, the vice chairman of the board of commissioners, is advocating a revised financing deal for the office tower. Under the latest proposal, the Port Authority would guarantee Silverstein Properties a $1.2 billion construction loan. At a meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Rechler explained the proposal to the board’s commissioners, which will vote next month, according to Bloomberg News. Read More

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Port Authority Debates 3 World Trade Center Subsidies

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Members of the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are at odds over whether to double the amount of subsidies available for Silverstein Properties3 World Trade Center to $1.2 billion, according to The New York Times.

Scott Rechler, the vice chairman of the Port Authority and chief executive of RXR Realty, is spearheading the proposal, arguing that construction of the tower would mark the completion of the new World Trade Center site. Read More

Lease Beat

Bevmax Office Centers Signs Lease at 485 Madison

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Office space provider Bevmax Office Centers has signed a 10-year, 15,736-square-foot lease at Jack Resnick & Sons485 Madison Avenue.

“The Resnick organization is one of the premier landlords and has a reputation for running extraordinarily well-managed and premier properties,” Rick Feld, the president of Bevmax, told Commercial Observer. “Not every landlord in New York meets that standard.” Read More

The Sit-Down

The Company Man: Seth Pinsky Reflects on EDC and Looks Ahead at RXR

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In July, Seth Pinsky, then the president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, announced he would soon shift from the public sector to the private sector. In his decade-long stint at the EDC, Mr. Pinsky boosted his reputation citywide by helping to secure a number of high-profile development projects, including Atlantic Yards, Hudson Yards and the Cornell Tech campus, and by initiating the response to areas of the city hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. In his next chapter, Mr. Pinsky will spearhead RXR Realty’s Emerging Markets platform, which aims to identify growth opportunities in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area. Mr. Pinsky, who joined RXR last month as executive vice president, spoke with The Commercial Observer last week at the developer’s Midtown offices and spent time discussing his tenure at the EDC and his new role. Read More

Postings

Pinsky to Spearhead RXR’s Emerging Market Strategy

RXR Realty has hired Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, as executive vice president and investment manager of the firm’s new Metropolitan Emerging Market Strategy, it was announced today.

“[Seth] has a very, very in-depth understanding of economic development in the New York Tri-State area,” Scott Rechler, chief executive officer at RXR, told The Commercial Observer. Read More

Sales Beat

RXR Realty to Acquire 237 Park Avenue

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RXR Realty, a real estate operating and investment company affiliated with Walton Street Capital, has agreed to acquire 237 Park Avenue from an entity controlled by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., it was announced today.

The transaction has a large equity component with a low-leverage, existing loan in place, according to Scott Rechler, chairman and chief executive officer of RXR. According to multiple reports, the closing price is approximately $800 million. Read More

Lease Beat

RXR Realty Signs 99-Year Lease at 75 Rockefeller Plaza

Scott Rechler’s RXR Realty has signed a 99-year triple-net lease at British department store tycoon Mohamed Al Faye’s 75 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, where it plans to undertake a major capital improvement to reposition the building.

The 33-story building will be fully vacated by Time Warner Cable in 2014, leaving behind roughly 630,000 square feet of rentable area, and the renovations will include a new lobby and a restoration of its landmarked, classic limestone façade, executives at RXR said. Read More

Postings

Observer Media’s Masters of Real Estate, Minute by Minute by Minute

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More than 300 real estate professionals crowded the Metropolitan Club early Thursday morning, despite snow-covered sidewalks, for the Observer Media Group’s third annual Masters of Real Estate forum.

Sponsored by Fried Frank and Marks Paneth & Shron, the event drew boldface names like Larry Silverstein and Mortimer Zuckerman, who spoke about the devastation wrought by Sandy, not to mention financiers like Angelo Gordon & Co.’s Adam Schwartz and Rockpoint Group’s Keith Gelb, who weighed in on opportunistic investments.

Below, reporter Al Barbarino walks the room and listens in on the panels, striving to put his finger on the commercial real estate industry’s pulse, minute by minute. Read More

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Will 9/11 Museum Deal Lead to Land Sale?

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Otherwise known as “Site 5″, the land, where the Deutsche Bank building once stood, could be sold for upwards of $200 million. In the new accord the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation must honor a 2006 agreement by handing over Site 5 to the Port Authority, in exchange for the title to the 8 acres the museum and memorial take up on the World Trade Center site, Reuters reports. Read More

Sales Beat

Public Storage Buys Bronx Building for $30 Million

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Public Storage is buying a warehouse building in the Bronx for around $30 million sources have revealed to The Commercial Observer.

The company, known for its bright orange signage, will open a facility in the roughly 410,000-square-foot property, which is located at 385 Gerard Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Read More