The YAI Network, a nonprofit service provider helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has opened an 8,449-square-foot location for one of the nonprofit’s pre-employment and community service programs in a second-floor office space the nonprofit subleased from Success Academy Charter Schools at the NBA Player Association‘s building at 310 Lenox Avenue in Central Harlem, ABS Partners Real Estate announced last week.
The 57-year-old organization with eight affiliates in the New York metropolitan area, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands has occupied the space between West 1125th and West 126th Streets where it helps adults learn job-related skills, said Sandy Speiser, YAI Network’s director of program development.
“We love the location, it’s very close to public transportation,” said Ms. Speiser, who noted that the nonprofit’s staff will set up 60 or 70 people to do community service in the area. She added, “They come in and they go to a variety of community sites. And they give back to the community.”
Andrew Udis and Eileen Eck of ABS Partners negotiated on behalf YAI Network, while Kenneth Salzman of Lee & Associates represented Success Academy in the deal, ABS officials said, noting asking rents for the space ran in the low $40s per square foot. The building features Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s Red Rooster eatery in one of its retail spaces.
The ABS officials didn’t disclose the length of the sublease and didn’t respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Lee & Associates said Mr. Salzman was unavailable.
Officials at the NBA Players Association, which lists the building as the professional basketball players union’s headquarters on its website, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Representatives for Success Academy, a network of 32 public charter schools that the state approved to grow to 50 schools with 16,300 students by 2016 last week, list 95 Pine Street near South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan as the network’s headquarters and didn’t respond to a request for comment.