2014 year in review

Larry Silverstein Feels ‘Pretty Damn Good’ About Downtown

Larry Silverstein

Few people can sit in their office, crane their head slightly, and point out the window to the nearby skyscrapers they own. Larry Silverstein can.

The 83-year-old chairman of Silverstein Properties and master leaseholder and developer of the World Trade Center site invited Commercial Observer into his office on the 38th floor of 7 World Trade Center, motioning both in the direction of the existing and rising towers on the Trade Center site and the almost-topped out condo and Four Seasons hotel by Robert A.M. Stern at 30 Park Place. “It’s exciting as hell,” Mr. Silverstein said with his signature enthusiasm. Read More

The Lobby

Silverstein Appoints Tal Kerret President

Tal Kerret

Silverstein Properties has named current chief investment officer Tal Kerret the company’s president, Silverstein chairman Larry Silverstein announced this morning.

Mr. Kerret joined Silverstein as an executive vice president in 2011, originating the Silver Suites Offices shared office space at 7 World Trade Center and managing the corporate and short-term rental housing at the Silver Suites Residences at Silver Towers and at Beekman Tower, company officials said. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Silverstein Recaps 1177 Avenue of the Americas

1177 Avenue of the Americas (photo courtesy of CoStar)

Silverstein Properties recapitalized Midtown office property 1177 Avenue of the Americas, taking a $360 million loan from Deutsche Bank and CCRE, records filed with the city yesterday show.

A spokesperson for the Silverstein confirmed the deal, but declined to comment on the interest rate. Prior reports say that the developer was set to nab a “sub 3 percent,” rate, however. Read More

Mortgage Observer

With 3 WTC Financing Finally a Done Deal, What Comes Next?

Rendering of 3 World Trade Center.

Silverstein Properties scored a big win in late October after selling 1.6 billion in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds, paving the way for full construction of the firm’s long-stalled 3 World Trade Center tower. The financing marks the largest-ever unrated bond deal in the municipal market.

“The availability of that capital gives us the ability to lift the building above the eighth floor, where it is today,” Silverstein Properties Chairman Larry Silverstein said at a Commercial Observer breakfast panel on Nov. 5. Read More

Lease Beat

IEX Relocates to 4WTC from 7WTC

4 World Trade Center. (Silverstein Properties)

IEX, a start-up stock market, is moving from 3,600 square feet at 7 World Trade Center to 13,000 feet at 4 World Trade Center, both Silverstein Properties buildings, the developer announced.

The firm signed a seven-year lease on the 44th floor of the 56-story, 2.3-million-square-foot building and will move in April 2015. A source with knowledge of the deal said the asking rent is in the mid-$70s per foot. Read More

2014 Owners Magazine

Downtown Heavy Hitters Dish at CO Forum

Co Breakfast Panel

Silverstein Properties Chairman Larry Silverstein, CBRE New York tri-state CEO Mary Ann Tighe and the rest of the panel featuring five of Lower Manhattan’s top developers, brokers and tenants shared their assessments of the World Trade Center area’s progress at Commercial Observer’s Owners Magazine breakfast panel yesterday morning at 7 World Trade Center.

Jonathan Mechanic of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson‘s real estate department moderated the discussion and Brookfield Property Partners CEO Dennis Friedrich and ad agency vice chairman Andrew Essex of Droga5 also contributed their own upbeat takes on downtown on the week that 1 WTC anchor tenant Condé Nast began occupying the building. Read More

Power Broker

SOM’s Mega-Project Manager Dishes on 1 WTC

T.J. Gottesdiener

Models, awards and pictures from projects all over the world adorn the walls and corridors of the Lower Manhattan offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, but the World Trade Center assemblage stands apart from all the rest. There are the gleaming pictures of Dubai’s 2,716-foot Burj Khalifa, a framed certificate recognizing Midtown’s Lever House for the 1980 American Institute of Architects’ 25-year award and the awe-inspiring design portfolio that includes seven of the world’s tallest 15 buildings and over 100 New York City structures. But they give way to a transparent scale model of the World Trade Center complex that’s all alone next to conference rooms and the executive offices where managing partner T.J. Gottesdiener oversees design, construction and planning at the firm’s New York City office. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Silverstein, Elad Seek $500M to Build 1 West End Avenue

Larry Silverstein

Silverstein Properties and Elad Group, who are partnering on high-end residential condominium 1 West End Avenue, are now seeking about $500 million in construction funds from a consortium of banks for the project, sources told Mortgage Observer.

The syndicate will be led by Wells Fargo and Bank of America, who provided the loan the partnership used to buy the Midtown West land last year from the Carlyle Group for $160 million, one person said.  Read More

Lease Beat

Investment Research Company Signs for 30K SF at 4 WTC

4 World Trade Center

Independent investment research provider Morningstar will move its New York City offices from Midtown to downtown in the middle of 2015 through a 10-year, 30,000-square-foot lease at 4 World Trade Center, Silverstein Properties announced today.

The company that currently operates out of a 7,500-square-foot office at 1065 Avenue of the Americas near Bryant Park will join the city government of New York, trade center site owner the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the MediaMath company at 4 WTC by taking space on the 48th floor of the award-winning 2.3-million-square-foot skyscraper designed by Fumihiko Maki, said Joe Mansueto, chairman and CEO of Morningstar. Read More

Lease Beat

Another Architecture Firm Heads to 120 Broadway

120 Broadway.

Handel Architects will join fellow architecture firms Beyer Blinder Belle and Boddewyn Gaynor Architects at Silverstein Properties120 Broadway just north of Pine Street, Commercial Observer has learned.

“They basically were able to cut their rent in half by moving downtown so it’s kinda a no-brainer when you’re staring down the barrel of a $2 million or $1 million rent,” said Bertram Rosenblatt, a founding principal of Vicus Partners and Handel’s broker in the deal. “Architects are not software companies or hedge funds. They have real expenses. They don’t have insane profits. The rent really does matter.” Read More

Hotel Beat

Silverstein Showcases 30 Park Place Hotel and Condos

30 Park Place

Less than an hour after he left the stage at an event about the World Trade Center‘s progress ahead of the 9/11 anniversary, Silverstein Properties chairman Larry Silverstein invited reporters for a look at the Four Seasons hotel and condo development that’s rising just two blocks away from the trade center complex at 30 Park Place.

The 926-foot Robert A.M. Stern-designed building will feature 189 hotel rooms on the first 39 floors and 157 luxury condos leading up to the 82nd floor, including 11 penthouses with outdoor terraces starting on the 75th floor, when it opens in early 2016, according to Silverstein. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Silverstein Properties Refinances River Place With $230M Wells Fargo Loan

River Place.

Wells Fargo provided a $230 million Fannie Mae loan to Silverstein Properties to refinance its River Place rental tower at 650 West 42nd Street on the corner of 12th Avenue, the borrower confirmed to Mortgage Observer.

The seven-year interest-only loan carries a rate below 3.5 percent and replaces existing securitized debt on the property that is nearing maturity, Silverstein Properties Chief Executive Officer Marty Burger said. Ackman-Ziff served as a broker on the transaction. Read More

Wrecking Ball

Silverstein Seeks Demo Permit for Hudson Yards Tower [Updated]

Rendering of 520 West 41st Street

Larry Silverstein‘s Silverstein Properties is seeking a permit to demolish a Hudson Yards building, according to a Department of Buildings document. That would pave the way for the developer’s planned mixed-use tower, which would soar 1,100 feet into the sky.

Attorneys for Silverstein Properties presented their case for changing the zoning of the Hudson Yards site at 520 West 41st Street in the proposal’s first public hearing at the Department of City Planning at the end of last month, as Commercial Observer previously reported.  Read More