Finance, Sales Beat
RXR Realty closed a $785 million acquisition loan from American International Group for its purchase of the Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.
Meridian Capital Group negotiated the seven-year loan, according to a person with intimate knowledge of the deal.
Scott Rechler’s RXR Realty closed on its purchase of Manhattan’s 32 Old Slip with a $325 million loan from GE Capital, Commercial Observer has learned. New York-based Meridian Capital Group brokered the financing.
RXR bought the 36-story office building between Front and South Streets from Beacon Capital Partners for $675 million in a deal that closed this week.
A look at the history of the Starrett-Lehigh building, which traded last month in a massive sale from RXR Realty to Blackstone Group. The dazzling structure, first built to accommodate rail deliveries, has transformed throughout the years as it went from offering rents from $1 per square foot per year to trading for nearly $100 million. Read More
World Trade Center
It’s not often that the top real estate honchos are willing, dare we say eager, to call a reporter from the mountains of North Africa to talk about one of their colleagues.
But when it came to talking about Scott Rechler, they called from far and wide over the holidays to heap praise on the chief executive officer and chairman of RXR Realty. Developer Joseph Sitt, the head of Thor Equities, for one, phoned Commercial Observer last week from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
Real Estate and Politics
World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein, master plan architect Daniel Libeskind and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Vice Chairman Scott Rechler praised the progress of the 16-acre trade center site today in a “World Trade Center update” event timed for the week of the Sept. 11 anniversary.
Messrs. Silverstein, Libeskind and Rechler and a slew of other officials sought to draw attention to the strength of the downtown real estate market, Mr. Libeskind’s vision for the site and the now-on-track construction schedule as the process of rebuilding on the site nears the end of its 13th year.
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.
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.
World Trade Center
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.
World Trade Center
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.
World Trade Center
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has postponed its vote on subsidies for Silverstein Properties‘ 3 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.
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 Properties’ 3 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.
Office space provider Bevmax Office Centers has signed a 10-year, 15,736-square-foot lease at Jack Resnick & Sons’ 485 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.”
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.
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.
Following RXR Realty’s $700 million acquisition of 450 Lexington Avenue last year, six of the firm’s top executives met with sellers Daniel Saliba and Mark Troy of Istithmar World Capital for a closing dinner at Lavo, the Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side.
A round of toasts that evening, most agreed, was in stark contrast Read More