Former World Trade Center Tenant Takes Office at 1 WTC
Terence Cullen June 15, 2015, 2:45 p.m.
A former World Trade Center tenant is coming back to the site, with a dedicated office on the 85th floor of 1 World Trade Center.
Greg Carafello, who runs a franchise of Cartridge World, a printing ink and toner supplier, has signed a lease for about 1,500 square feet of office space in the new tower, according to Servcorp, which operates shared workspace on the floor. Mr. Carafello is returning to the site almost 14 years after the devastation of 9/11.
Part time use of Servcorp’s offices is $450 per month, intermediate use for members like Mr. Carafello is $750 a month, according to Melanie Gladwell, a senior vice president for Servcorp in New York. Having a private, full-time office can range in price, she added, but they start at about $2,500 per month.
The franchise owner, who had relocated to New Jersey after the attacks, had been using some office space on the floor part time since February, Ms. Gladwell said. After he brought some of his clients to the shared space last week, Mr. Carafello told Ms. Gladwell he wanted dedicated space near the top of the skyscraper.
Ms. Gladwell said she still remembers Mr. Carafello’s, who didn’t immediately return a call for comment, reaction when he first looked out from floor of the tower.
“To be on our floor is really surreal,” she said. “For people who worked or have been in the original towers, it’s very emotional.”
A spokesman for the Durst Organization, which manages the 104-story building, declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the majority share of the tower, did not immediately return a call for comment.
The New York Daily News first reported news of the lease.
Mr. Carafello is the first tenant of the former Twin Towers returning to the World Trade Center site since it opened last year, Ms. Gladwell said, but there are still more who are showing interest.
“I don’t think Greg’s alone,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of interest and passion for this whole community.”