Investment Firm Takes 145 East 57th Street Penthouse

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A private equity firm has snagged the newly constructed penthouse at ABS Partners Real Estate’s 145 East 57th Street, also known as the Hammacher Schlemmer building, Commercial Observer has learned.

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Speyside Equity has inked a five-year deal for the 2,650-square-foot suite on the top floor of the 12-story, 64,000-square-foot office building between Third and Lexington Avenues, according to information from the landlord. Asking rent for the in Midtown East space was $80 a square foot.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based firm, which invests in metal, chemical and food manufacturing companies, will move from subleased office space in the Paramount Building at 1501 Broadway between West 43rd and 44th Streets. Its new home will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out on 57th Street, 14-foot ceilings and a large private terrace.

Speyside Founder Kevin Daugherty said in prepared remarks that the new office would allow the company to “expand our team as we raise our next fund in the coming months.” He added, “We are excited about the space and feel it will really create an attractive and energetic environment for our team.”

The firm raised $130 million in 2016 for its first institutional fund, according to industry reports.

ABS’ John Brod, Robert Finkelstein and Alex Kaskel handled the transaction in-house. Speyside was represented by Town Commercial’s Nancy Shapiro. A spokeswoman for ABS didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

“It has pretty spectacular outdoor space for commercial,” Shapiro told CO. “It’s beautiful, it’s modern, it’s clean. It’s a very upscale space. They wanted something that would reflect more on the work they do, which is taking these struggling manufacturing businesses and putting them in a better state.”

ABS purchased the 64,000-square-foot, 1926 commercial property for $63 million in October 2016, according to property records. It renovated the building into boutique office space with six floors of prebuilt space, stainless steel appliances and a curated art display in the lobby.