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

Lease Beat

Three-Way Deal Moves Jewelers to Fifth Avenue Showroom [Updated]

529 Fifth Avenue.

Jewelry manufacturer Sasha Primak will move three blocks south of its current Diamond District offices by the end of the year through a 15-year, 12,455-square-feet lease at Silverstein Properties529 Fifth AvenueCommercial Obsever has learned.

The move coincides with a relocation by the previous occupant, Leo Schachter Diamonds, to a company-owned commercial condo in the District’s International Gem Tower at 50 West 47th Street, an arrangement that didn’t jibe with the other diamond manufacturing company’s existing lease through 2017 at the Fifth Avenue building and caused Schachter to enlist TOWN Fifth Avenue associate broker Leah Rubin to find a new tenant for their former space, Ms. Rubin said. Read More

Real Estate and Politics

Three of Five Developers Haven’t Cashed In Controversial Tax Exemption

99 Church Street

The five controversial tax break eligibilities for luxury housing developers that state lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo carved out for five developers in January 2013 legislation have sparked controversy, speculation and investigation, but only two of the developers have actually applied for and received the 421-a exemptions thus far.

The eligibilities for Silverstein Properties at 99 Church Street, Thor Equities at 520 Fifth Avenue, Friedman Management at 113 Nassau Street, Fisher Brothers at 78-86 Trinity Place and Extell Development Company at 157 West 57th Street reportedly showed up on a subpoena for the Real Estate Board of New York drafted by investigators with the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption before the governor’s office intervened. But three of the developers have yet to apply to the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the other two received the exemption in exchange for building affordable housing. Read More

Zoning

Silverstein Will Roll Out Case for Hudson Yards Mega-High Rise

Rendering of 520 West 41st Street

Attorneys for Silverstein Properties will present their case for turning a two-acre Hudson Yards site at 520 West 41st Street into a 1,100-foot-tall residential and commercial tower in the proposal’s first public hearing at the Department of City Planning tomorrow morning.

The plan would turn “Projected Development Site 46” of the 2005 rezoning from a potential office tower to a mega-high rise with 1,400 residential units, 175 units of corporate housing, 300,000 square feet of retail space and a 10,000-square-foot covered public open space; and the Silverstein team will argue with Chairman Larry Silverstein‘s signature vehemence on Thursday that only residential development would unlock the potential of the site that’s adjacent to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and approaches to the Lincoln Tunnel. Read More

Lease Beat

MediaMath Seals 4 WTC Deal This Morning [Updated]

4 World Trade Center

Digital media buying platform MediaMath has sealed a 15-year deal to move from Midtown to 106,000 square feet at 4 World Trade Center. It is the first private-sector tenant for the Financial District building.

The deal was signed this morning in the mid-$70s per square foot and MediaMath scored $5.8 million in incentives through the federally funded Job Creation and Retention Program offered jointly by Empire State Development and Economic Development Corporation. Plus the company will get as-of-right incentives in place at the building for all tenants, according to the 4 WTC website. Read More

Mortgage Observer

PA Board Votes Down Guarantee for 3WTC, But Paves Way For Tower To Rise

A rendering of 3 World Trade Center

The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted unanimously today for a new financing scheme for the completion of office tower 3 World Trade Center, but stopped short of issuing a $1.2 billion loan guarantee.

The plan retains most of the funding provisions in the original 2010 agreement between the Port Authority, which owns the 16-acre site, and Silverstein Properties, which is developing it. Read More

World Trade Center

Slideshow: Inside the World Trade Center

11 Photos

Midtown Manhattan

Silverstein Properties invited Commercial Observer for an exclusive three-hour tour of the ear-popping existing buildings on the World Trade Center site, and the views were stunning. Even after a difficult week in which the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey thwarted Chairman Larry Silverstein‘s effort to get additional construction financing for 3 World Trade Center, Read More

Cover Story

Tower Power Play: Up Close and Personal with the World Trade Center Amid Roiling Debate

4 WTC

The springtime breeze is nice on the 57th-floor outdoor terrace of 4 World Trade Center. With a vista stretching from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building and across the East River to Queens, the building will reward employees of whatever company snaps up the available 34,000-square-foot floor with a break room in the clouds.

But far down below that rarefied air, there’s intense scrutiny of a potential construction loan to complete one of the six new towers at the site. The same goes for the memorial park, the transit hub, the retail center and the performing arts center that will also one day adorn the spot where the 9/11 tragedy destroyed the twin towers and their surroundings 13 years ago. Read More

Healthy Debate

Rechler: 3 World Trade Center Wrangling Is ‘Healthy’

Scott Rechler.

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

World Trade Center

Port Authority Delays Vote on 3 World Trade Center

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. Read More