DEA Moving to Brookfield Place
Al Barbarino April 9, 2014, 4:02 p.m.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF ) Strike Force reportedly signed a lease for 56,000 square feet at 250 Vesey Street, one of the five office towers that make up Brookfield Place.
The OCDETF Strike Force is taking the entire 19th floor and will move upon the expiration of its current lease at 85 10th Avenue.
The Manhattan-based component of OCDETF, launched in 2004 by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, is dedicated to identifying, targeting, and dismantling the world’s most sophisticated and powerful narcotics trafficking organizations.
The new office will be funded by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, a federal grant program administered by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Following the completion of the $250 million renovation that will repurpose Brookfield Place’s 250,000 square feet of retail space and common areas, the destination will also give rise to an unprecedented high end retail lineup for Downtown, including Michael Kors, Hermes, Calypso, Salvatore Ferragamo, Judith & Charles, Scoop NYC, Zegna and Theory, as well as lifestyle companies Bright Horizons, Equinox and Ice.
The renovated Brookfield Place complex will also feature a 25,000-square-foot French-inspired marketplace, Peter Poulakakos’ Le District, a concept akin to a French version of Mario Batali‘s Eataly, situated directly below Hudson Eats and offering fresh meats, seafood, produce, coffee, desserts and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor dining area; as well as five waiter service restaurants, one of which was recently announced as Parm.
David Falk, Nick Berger and Peter Shimkin of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the tenant, while David Cheikin and Alexander Liscio represented Brookfield in-house. A Brookfield spokesperson was unable to confirm a move date, as interior work on the space has yet to begin.
Crain’s first reported on this deal.