Last Friday, Jeff Sutton closed on the jewel of his Fifth Avenue empire—the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue, which he purchased for a jaw-dropping $1.78 billion, with a $1.25 billion mortgage, that he bought with General Growth Properties. The seller was Spitzer Enterprises, led by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and Winter Properties.
We also heard that a deal was finalized late last week for approximately $500 million to put an Aman Hotel from the fourth floor through the 24th floor of the Crown Building.
Wharton Properties has obtained a construction loan from Natixis Real Estate Capital to develop a 33,000 square foot retail property along 125th Street, Harlem’s busiest commercial thoroughfare, Mortgage Observer has first learned.
A person with knowledge of the loan confirmed the amount as $95 million and added that it was a three-year, interest-only loan with two 12-month extension options. The interest rate, that person said, is roughly 300 to 399 basis points over one-month Libor. The loan closed on July 11.
A joint venture led by Jeff Sutton’s Wharton Properties has nabbed a three-building site at 530 Broadway from Joseph Sitt‘s Thor Equities for $326 million. The sale closed on March 6 and appeared in public records today.
The retail mogul bought the 11-story property to extend his dominance in Soho. It hit the market in February 2013 and Mr. Sitt agreed to sell it to the new owners that September.
From a Taconic Investment Partners project in Hunts Point to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, power in New York real estate circles has increasingly expanded from the comfortable confines of Midtown Manhattan to the fringes of all five boroughs. While large developments such as the Related Company’s Hudson Yards often dominate the conversation, Brooklyn, Queens and even the Bronx continue to grow in stature.
Long Island City is fast becoming a focal point for the real estate industry as Rockrose and other residential developers tap into the growing Queens neighborhood. In the Bronx, Taconic Investment Partners, formerly the owners of 111 Eighth Avenue, is in the process of a significant capital improvement plan at the BankNote Building on Lafayette Avenue in Hunt’s Point.
Below, a sampling of where power thrives in New York City in 2013.
American Eagle will be expanding in Harlem.
The preppy teen retailer has signed a deal for an 8,500-square-foot lease at 100 West 125th Street, the brand’s most northern location in the city. American Eagle will join Burlington Coat Factory and Whole Foods in the soon-to-be-built development on the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and 125th Read More
Some city landlords are kicking and screaming back after an article published in The Commercial Observer yesterday morning cited sources who allege that a new wave of city landlords are leapfrogging brokers to get at retail tenants directly—but many continue to claim that the landlords do just that.
Wharton Properties’ Jeff Sutton, who sources name among several landlords, sought to set the record straight yesterday, claiming that “95 percent of the deals I do have brokers” and calling the implication that he does otherwise “disgusting.”
“Some deals where I’ve had relationships [with] tenants for many years, who don’t have brokers, I do myself, but how could you put me in that category,” he said. “I’ve never ever gone around anybody.”
Some commercial real estate brokers are “kicking and screaming” about the audacity of some city landlords who they claim are disregarding their “exclusives” with retailers by attempting to land tenants on their own.
The idea of “skipping the middle man,” once thought of as a tool for efficiency, is enraging some brokers, who tell The Commercial Observer that large retail owners including Joe Sitt, Jeff Sutton and Joe Moinian, are steering out of their way – but digging deep under their skin.
“Totally not kosher,” one perturbed president of a top city brokerage wrote in an email to The Commercial Observer. “It puts the retail brokers in a difficult spot and it is morally incorrect.”
A House of Hoops—Nike and Footlocker’s concept store/temple to all things basketball—will open a second New York City location at 11 West 34th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, according to someone involved in the transaction.
The first House of Hoops opened in Harlem, at 268 West 125th Street, in the fall of 2007, with a Read More